For many people they were the best smartphone and tablet combo bar none at CES in early January. Motorola's Atrix 'superphone' and the Xoom Honeycomb-driven slate put paid to any theories that the big M's turnaround was a short-lived one, and instead launched the company right to the forefront of the Android invasion for 2011.
Now comes the best news of all: far from facing a wait into the summer months for the duo to actually go on sale, all indications are that they'll be hitting the shelves as soon as next month.
Many a decent-looking smartphone has seen its potential slowly dissolve thanks to an overly long delay in actually getting out the door and into production – we're thinking the likes of the Palm Pre and Nokia N97 here – and we feared Motorola's Atrix and Xoom were headed the same way.
After all, the Xoom was first seen at the Android Gingerbread launch nearly two months ago, before becoming official at CES. Talk of a mid-year launch had us fearing another white elephant (or white iPhone, even).
But we needn't have worried, as Moto boss Sanjay Jha promised both devices would see the light of day in February while delivering the company's latest quarterly earnings. Later on he admitted that the Xoom might only be released in March, but we'll forgive him his caution – it still beats what we were expecting.
Of course, that's not to say we'll be getting our hands on the pair in the UK that soon. Motorola has been one of the worst when it comes to bringing products launched in the US over the Atlantic, but with such high profile launches we live in hope that we won't be kept waiting too long.
Just to remind you, the Atrix comes with a Tegra 2 processor and a mammoth 4.3in 540 x 960-pixel display, along with an innovative docking option that converts it into a full-size netbook.
The Xoom tablet, meanwhile, along with its Android Honeycomb software, has a 10.1in display, the same Tegra 2 processor goodness and full HD support.