Essex, I think you're going to like the Xoom. I have an updated B&N NookColor, which runs Android and Apple's iPad2 (32GB/Verizon). But, like people do, after I bought these I got into what SHOULD I have bought. The Xoom looked good to me.
I'm very pleased with the iPad2 and it was the right decision for me, a Mac shop. But, if you are a web professional, then the Xoom might be the better choice as you want to see what a website looks like, including flash. I hate flash for my websites, but it makes up a lot of the web. I could not see a gardening site on my iPad yesterday, for example.
That said, I've been surprised that not having flash on the iPad has not been a big deal at all for what I use it for. (Weather.com, for example, has a great app for the iPad that is better than their flash driven radar maps.) At the office, however, we want to see all of the pop-ups, all of the flash, everything, on potential client websites. And just to keep up with what is what. Thus, if you're a mobile webpro, Xoom is a good choice. It's fast, light-weight and the screen res is excellent.
You're going to hear a lot of about the iPad apps you don't have. Honestly, many of the popular Apple apps are not as useful as the good ol' internet. The New York Times, for example, has a big-deal app which is nice and all, but their website is much better. That's what I use.
After you've had it for a while, I'd like you or someone one to start a serious thread here about re-thinking our websites for tablets. It's a real issue and I do not think it's obvious what should and should not be done.
(One way the Xoom is likely a good choice; you cannot sign on to this forum with an iPad. Not certain why. But, with my Nook Color, no problem posting. Oh, other than it takes forever to type out the word "forever" on the screen keyboard.)