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HP Businesses The Almighty Buck

HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices 368

Posted by Soulskill
from the impulse-windfall dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "According to an article by Tony Bradley, news is spreading quickly online that HP is going to clear out its vast TouchPad inventory by dropping the price to an offer you can't refuse. Rumor has it that beginning Saturday the 16Gb TouchPad will be $99, and the 32Gb TouchPad will be a measly $149. 'It is actually a fairly capable tablet. It's just not an iPad 2,' writes Bradley. 'For $500 it was a joke. For $300 it was still a shady deal. For $99 it's a steal.' HP has learned the hard way, and quickly pulled the plug on its tablet, proving that HP never had a solid tablet or mobile strategy and that it was really just looking for an excuse to get out. 'The reality is that my Best Buy is swimming in unsold HP TouchPad inventory,' adds Bradley. 'I went out tonight and picked mine up at the regular $400 price to beat the rush. Situations like this are why they invented price matching. I can just go back with my receipt once the fire sale starts and get the price adjusted and the difference refunded.'"
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HP TouchPad To Be Liquidated At Fire Sale Prices

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 20, 2011 @12:36PM (#37154896)

    From their price matching FAQ:

    Does the HP TouchPad tablet qualify for the Price Match policy?
    No. The HP TouchPad is on clearance and we will no longer be selling the units so we will not offer any price matches. We do offer a 60-day return/exchange policy for this product.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by arisvega (1414195)

      Under the risk of getting troll-modded, I have to respectfully decline this generous offer- HP hardware is and has been, to the best of my knowledge and experience, a piece of crap; a fact well in accordance with their customer support and "services".

      It is furthermore obvious from this recent expansion (read; migration) that they are very well versed into riding the surface tension of every new economic bubble, exiting just in time to screw their customers and maximize their profits.

      • by Tharsman (1364603)

        There are many many reasons to not consider this purchase. In fact, I find very few reasons to buy it, and mind you: I really wanted this thing to succeed. I was looking to buy a second generation device and was praying it became true competition for the iPad.

        Reasons to buy it go down to:

        A) Get a disposable tablet as you would buy a disposable newspaper.
        B) Own a piece of history, of one of the few decent non Google, Apple or Microsoft OS tablets to ever attempt step up to the challenge and join the race.

        • by artor3 (1344997)

          It's still a hundred dollars we're talking about, so it's far from "disposable" for the vast majority of people. Really, I can't think of many reasons to buy it, even at clearance prices. Maybe if it were $20, I'd buy it just to take it apart.

          • by Tharsman (1364603)

            I do agree, but then again some other people do consider 99 dollars to be disposable money. Ask anyone that has been married. Not to be chauvinist but my wife will go through 3 of these in one visit to the shoe store, in stuff she may wear 3 or 5 times tops.

            So under such a light, yea, it may be seen disposable, and even maybe as a "preview" for what owning an iPad may be like. Like it enough? Then hold on with it until the iPad 3 comes out and then try to get 30 bucks from the TouchPad out of eBay.

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by artor3 (1344997)

              If you really think that "anyone who has been married" views a hundred bucks as disposable, then I suggest you broaden your horizons a bit. The sort of people you have apparently met in your life are all spoiled fat cats, and it would do your perspective a world of good to be exposed to some normal people.

              Having plenty of money is fine. Not realizing that the overwhelming majority of people aren't so lucky is a serious character flaw.

              • by Tharsman (1364603)

                No need to get aggressive, it was not meant to be taken literally. You know, a bit of hyperbole.

                But also got to say, unless you doing the same, you are going for a bigger insult there. Just because you see 99 dollars as "disposable" does not mean you are a "spoiled fat cat". Budget is very relative to your living situation, cost of living in your area, among many other things. There is no such a thing as "normal people" when you are talking about economical status. The middle class in the US has a huge rang

                • by artor3 (1344997)

                  I apologize then. There are a lot of people who enjoy posting things very much like your earlier posts (talking about throwing away $300 on every trip to the shoe store), as a way of bragging. I try to cut them down to size whenever I see it, because society's deification of wealth is tremendously harmful.

                  But I do have to correct you on one point. There is such a thing as "normal people". The distribution of wealth in this country is not a normal distribution in which most people are near the mean incom

            • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

              by ArsonSmith (13997)

              Difference between men and women:

              A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.

              A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item she doesn't need.

  • I bought two from the HP website last night. I figured one would make a good e-reader for myself, and the other would make a good present for a family member. At this price, you really can't go wrong.
  • Oops (Score:5, Informative)

    by nmb3000 (741169) <nmb3000@that-google-mail-site.com> on Saturday August 20, 2011 @12:39PM (#37154924) Homepage Journal

    Should have read a bit more closely there, buddy:

    The Guarantee does not apply to: Our competitors' website prices, offers that include financing, bundling of items, free items, pricing errors, mail-in offers, competitors' service prices, items that are advertised as limited-quantity, out of stock, open-box, clearance, refurbished/used items, BestBuy.com Midnight Sale and special hour sale events, BestBuy.com Outlet Center and Marketplace items, and items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving.

    Emphasis mine. I'm 100% confident that the HP tablet will be marked as both "limited-quantity" and "clearance".

    Oops. Oh well, at least you beat the rush!

    • by LurkerXXX (667952)

      Best Buy stores were ordered this morning to return all unsold stock to HP. Unless you were in the store and got a price match before a
      manager came around with the update, you are out of luck as far as BB.

      Same deal for Staples and HHGregg.

      Walmart stores had them at the sale price this morning (and ran out quickly).

  • To be liquidated... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Microlith (54737) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @12:44PM (#37154964)

    To be?

    More like was, and in the blink of an eye. Every place around here is sold out and Best Buy took 'em all off the shelves to send them back to HP. I imagine there will be some slow firesales from HP later as they arrive.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Can one remove the WebOS and replace it with Android? Otherwise this about as useful as the Apple Newton. It's neat, but if the operating system is going the way of the Dodo, then who is going to develop apps for this thing?
    • by LurkerXXX (667952) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:46PM (#37155434)

      Try WebOS first. It's actually a really good OS. It's linux. Rooting it is as simple as typing in the Konami Code to put it in Developer Mode (root).

      There are a lot of homebrew apps for it, with their own Homebrew appstore, PreWare. Well, not an appstore really because it's all free there.

      Palm's problem was they had crappy hardware for it, and insanely bad advertising. HP hasn't done anything much with it since they bought it a year ago. Sad. A very intuitive and good looking OS. The one thing you will miss out with on the TouchPad is the gesture area that is on the phones. They make task switching pretty awesome when you are multitasking a lot of things. Another bad move by HP to leave that off the TouchPad.

      • by log0n (18224)

        Agree!

        I loved my Sprint Pre. While WebOS was lacking in a number of features, it was extremely refined in what it did do; went the Apple route (what it does, make it do well) rather than the MS/Android route (does almost everything, but isn't very elegant). The hardware did suck, not so much in specs, but the build quality. The slider would unhinge, touchscreens would stop responding, power button break, etc.

        Messed around with a TP today at Staples.. it does have the same gesture area that the Pre had -

  • by theodp (442580) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @12:52PM (#37155020)

    "In the latest parody remix of Downfall, the classic war film that depicts Adolf Hitler's last days in Berlin. the fictional Hitler unhinges upon learning of HP's decision to abandon WebOS and the TouchPad [geekwire.com].

  • Was going to buy one, but they're already out of stock.

  • Not worth even $99 (Score:2, Informative)

    by Chemisor (97276)

    So it's a tablet with an operating system that nobody develops for (WebOS), that puts all my stuff "in the cloud", that looks as locked down as the iPad without any of the benefits of the iPad. I mean, seriously, what in the world am I going to do with this thing?

    • Put Linux on it duh.

    • by adisakp (705706)
      One Word: Android. I doubt it will be more than 1-2 months before someone Jailbreaks it and has an Android install. Then you will have the world's cheapest full featured Android tablet for $400 less than anyone else with a similarly featured tablet.
    • by Jmc23 (2353706) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:45PM (#37155426) Journal
      Let's see, decent video player, web browser, ebook reader, good for reading technical pdf's, same screen as ipad2, comparable hardware with anything out there now AND you can program directly on it using html5 and their javascript framework that exposes the hardware.

      What the hell are you doing on slashdot because you clearly aren't a geek! It'd be worth it just to carry around programming reference pdfs.

      • by jedidiah (1196)

        I like customizing PCs as much as the next guy but I prefer to avoid appliances that I need to hack.

        With anyone else besides Apple in the market, a franken-tablet is somewhat redundant.

    • by catmistake (814204) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:48PM (#37155454) Journal
      e-reader
      email
      web browser
      address book
      calendar/appointments/alarm clock

      I got an iPad first week released. Love it. For all the development Apple has poured into iPad/iOS, all I have ever used it for is listed above. I'm recommending TouchPad to anyone that wants a tablet.

    • by LurkerXXX (667952)

      Browse the web. Play FLASH. Do your emailing. Play games. Play movies, Install a lot of free/open source apps from the mod community....

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      use it as extra screen, mount it on your desk, hang it on the wall as a cheap reasonably high quality photoframe, mount it in wc.. endless possibilities, really, for 99 bucks it's not bad if you can find it, even if you only use it to read some old mad magazines.

    • by DAldredge (2353)
      http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Portal:Accessing_Linux [webos-internals.org] Very simple to get Root access.
  • by theodp (442580) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:00PM (#37155078)

    (Feb. 9, 2011) HP Launches 'Everybody On' Global Marketing Campaign [hp.com]: The 'Everybody On' campaign kicks off with a 60-second anthem TV spot [hp.com] featuring an instrumental version of Lou Reed's iconic song 'Walk on the Wild Side'...This year the GRAMMY Awards telecast will feature the new HP TouchPad, the first HP webOS tablet...

  • by v(*_*)vvvv (233078) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:05PM (#37155140)

    If you are in the industry and still think you can compete with Apple, you will end up like HP.

    The lesson here is not about solid engineering, eye-catching design, or pricing. It is about how to avoid contesting something that is in a league of its own, in the zone, and has become a force of nature. They're at Exxon levels. And to do that as a tech company that actually makes something is insane.

    Apple right now is Mike Tyson in his heyday. Many Tyson fans didn't follow boxing. They followed Mike. It's the same with Apple. Most people who bought an iPad don't even know the specs. The iPad commercial probably isn't what got them to buy it either. They simply don't care.

    HP spent a ton of money getting celebrities to do fancy commercials, and the design and specs of their Tablet isn't bad either. But it's too bad, because no one cares.

    Apple has gotten to the point where people just buy their products because everybody chants how great they are. If you dare step in the ring with them, they'll knock you the &%$# out and take everything you put into the fight.

    I am not an Apple fan, but it doesn't take one to see what is going on. If you understood the phenomenon that is Apple right now, you'd think twice before picking a fight.

    • by andydread (758754)
      Tell that to google when it comes to smartphones. Last time i checked Android was way ahead of iApple on smartphones.
      • by theurge14 (820596)

        Android != smartphone.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward

          He never said Android == smartphones... He said Android was way ahead of iOS on smartphones.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by v(*_*)vvvv (233078)

        How many Android phone were sold to people who wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one?
        How many Android phones are sold by wireless companies that want to sell iPhones but can't?
        How many Android phones are built by manufacturers that want to build an Apple product but can't?

        It is Apple versus the world. Android is their weapon of choice. But nothing is beating the iPhone. It just so happens that every competitor has the same OS. To say that that OS is made by Google so Google is beating Apple is like coloring

        • by jedidiah (1196) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:51PM (#37155482) Homepage

          > How many Android phone were sold to people who wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one?

          Probably not so many.

          If you really want an iPhone, you can just switch carriers. It's not really that big of a deal. The market simply isn't that limited.

          There are multiple carriers and if you really want an iPhone that bad you can just switch.

          I dumped my AT&T iPhone for one of their Samsung Android devices.

          The shell script was really fun and all but it got old after awhile.

        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by andydread (758754)

          How many Android phone were sold to people who wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one? How many Android phones are sold by wireless companies that want to sell iPhones but can't? How many Android phones are built by manufacturers that want to build an Apple product but can't?

          It is Apple versus the world. Android is their weapon of choice. But nothing is beating the iPhone. It just so happens that every competitor has the same OS. To say that that OS is made by Google so Google is beating Apple is like coloring an apple orange and pretending to compare oranges.

          I can't answer those questions and you can't either. You have provided no proof that manufacturers want to build iOS devices. No proof whatsoever. You can split hairs all you want that does not detract from the fact that when it comes to OS marketshare Android is way ahead of iOS in smartphone OS marketshare.

          http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1622614 [gartner.com]
          I know... Facts are a bitch when they don't fit your world view.

        • How many Android phone were sold to people who wanted an iPhone but couldn't get one?

          I know this statement raised a lot of Slashdotters' hackles, but there is some evidence it's true [changewaveresearch.com]. But in reality, all those Android owners who claim to want an iPhone may or may not actually switch - people tend to be dissatisfied with what they have, no matter what it is. Really, only time will tell if it's true or not... Slashdotters' rantings aside.

        • by jmorris42 (1458) * <jmorris@b[ ].org ['eau' in gap]> on Saturday August 20, 2011 @02:19PM (#37155692)

          > But nothing is beating the iPhone. It just so happens that every competitor has the same OS.

          That is the same fanboy thinking (or lack of) that says Apple is beating the PC because they are (at times, depending on how you count...) the #1 selling brand. And if the competition is Apple vs. Dell Apple outselling Dell would make them #1, but that is a dumb way to look at the industry. It is Apple vs ALL of the Windows PC vendors and Apple is lucky to get into double digits when they only count retail sales, or just look at laptops or some other way to make Apple look bigger than they are.

          Android is soundly whipping Apple in the smartphone space. Most counts still have RIM beating Apple. Apple had a brief moment but it is fading. Now they are having another moment in the tablet space while Android catches up. But Apple has a critical limitation, the urgent need to make 50 points on every sale to justify their market cap that is currently only challenged by Exxon-Mobil. They are selling cheap consumer electronics made by Chinese slave labor just like everyone else, only they expect to make fifty points. That can only happen when they can catch the rest of the consumer electronics industry with their pants down, which they have proven their ability to manage a few times now. But it never lasts long.

          • by u38cg (607297)
            They've managed it since "No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame". How many /.ers *remember* the Nomad? Apple has managed to innovate ahead of the pack for ten years now, an aeon in consumer electronics. Some of the competition is starting to get it, but I genuinely don't see any of them managing to really keep up just yet. And I certainly don't see the next piece of innovation from anyone but Apple. Sadly.
      • Yeah, most of them are probably cheap models. Are those stats international or US only?

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by andydread (758754)
          Sure many of them are because not everybody can afford an Apple product. And quite a few of them have better hardware that Apple's. Some are made in the same factory with the same sweatshop labor as Apple's. [foxconn] The fact remains that Android smartphone marketshare is almost triple what the iOS is worldwide and growing at a much faster rate than iOS. Back when Android was a fraction of Apple's marketshare Dear Leader Steve told his followers that there is no way that Android is going catch Apple in
      • Google is the 800 pound gorilla that you didn't notice in the corner of the room. He's coming at you so fast now that you can't get away. In other words; they're big and smart enough that they can do that and get away with it.
    • The difference between Apple and Tyson is that Tyson did have some reasonable competitors. If you think Apple does, you probably don't really understand why the iPad is so popular.

    • by CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:45PM (#37155414)

      The lesson here is not about solid engineering, eye-catching design, or pricing.

      Yes it is. The iPad is a solid products and has become the touchstone. If you want to compete with something that's perceived as the tablet you have be either:
      - significantly better and the same price
      - at least as good at a lower price

      Sadly the TouchPad was neither. To bad too, I'd have liked Palm's progeny to at least survive.

      Most people who bought an iPad don't even know the specs..

      The vast majority of people don't know the specs of their PC's either. The great thing is that with tablets they don't have to. Tablets are bought on the following considerations: "Can I run the popular apps?", "Does it feel responsive?", "Does the battery last me at least a whole day of use?" The iPad kills on all 3 of these criteria. And what were the most often heard complaints against the Touchpad ? That it "felt slow" and there were no apps. No one except uber geeks cares about tablet specs.

      Apple has gotten to the point where people just buy their products because everybody chants how great they are.

      That's a myth. Apple users are some of the most critical around. That's why you keep hearing very vocal complaints about problems with Apple systems that impact a small minority of its users. And a lot of the new iPad/iPhone users who aren't traditional Apple fans would leave at the drop of a hat if something better came along. These are just regular consumers, not geeks, they go with what works.

    • by steelfood (895457)

      The bigger they are, the harder they fall. It's all about timing and opportunity.

      People thought Facebook was untouchable at some point too. Google+ is proving that sentiment wrong. If Google had released their thing a year earlier, it would have certainly flopped. If Google released their thing a year later, who knows how many other players would be out there diluting the market.

      To further your boxing analogy, you might not be able to get into the ring with Apple, but that's why you draw them into the octag

  • Price Matters (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Deathlizard (115856) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:06PM (#37155146) Homepage Journal

    This HP Touchpad Fire sale is the best lesson any Non Apple tablet manufacture should learn when it comes to tablet sales. The current Android tablet market is trying to command IPad pricing without being an Apple product. ICultists wont touch it with a 10 foot pole at any price because it's not made by Apple and everyone else that's on the fence is going to see the identical price and buy the Ipad because either they saw it on TV more / their ICult buddy recommended it and since they're priced the same might as well get what everyone else is talking about...

    HP goes out and announces that WebOS hardware is dead, lets it sink in for a day or two, then cuts the price down from $399 and $499 to $99 and $149 respectfully and sells out in hours even though everyone knows they're discontinued and WebOS has a shaky future if any. If that doesn't scream that the tablet was overpriced than nothing on earth will.

    Non Apple Tables are priced roughly $200-300 too expensive. Get them around $199-$299 and they'll sell like gangbusters just like it did for Android phones in the mobile market.

    • As proof of your point, just look at the Viewsonic gTablet (very similar specs to this device, but Android as the OS)... every time it comes up somewhere for $279, it sells out quickly.

      • Actually, I own one of these tablets. (and I just bought a touchpad for my cousin) it's good for the price. Biggest disappointment though is the software. but the android community got some seriously good replacements for it.

        If a factory stock honeycomb or Ice cream sandwich ever happens on the G tablet, it would be a no brainier at $279. It practically a no brainier even with the lackluster TapnTap android on the device.

        I can't believe that the 16gb Touchpad couldn't sell at $249 or ever $299. At $399 is w

    • Non Apple Tables are priced roughly $200-300 too expensive. Get them around $199-$299 and they'll sell like gangbusters just like it did for Android phones in the mobile market.

      I thought every manufacturer of every material and immaterial product in existence already did this. Because you KNOW $199 feels like a lot less than $200.

      • by Baloroth (2370816)
        Parsing fail. He said it was $200-$300 too expensive, and should be priced more like $200-$300 dollars absolutely (not $500-$600). I agree with him.
    • Yeah, lets forget for a second that the TouchPad was actually quite a buggy POS -- yet another unfinished product. That wouldn't have anything to do with people still going with the iPad, surely? Normal consumers just love to feel like they're special beta testers for some fancy new tech product!

      If they went for $200-$300 at the moment, they'd either have to compromise on hardware, or cut their profits substantially.

      • by LurkerXXX (667952)

        Most of the bugs were killed by an OS update released a week or two ago. Why they didn't hold back the launch for a month until that was ready I'll never know.

    • by gregrah (1605707)
      The Acer Iconia has been selling at $399 with a $100 gift card or rebate at several stores recently (Best Buy, Amazon, Target, etc.) - which is effectively a $299 price point. The Iconia is pretty much a piece of shit, but I bet they were selling a lot of them at that price.

      The Asus Transformer can be purchased at $349 [slickdeals.net] or less right now.

      The problem is that right now it is still too expensive to manufacture a decent iPad competitor and sell it at $200. Each HP TouchPad, for example, was estimated
    • by steelfood (895457)

      IBM had the most successful strategy against Job's Apple, and it shouldn't come as a surprise that the same strategy would still work even today. Once the other tablet players have command of a user and developer base, they can then go ahead and up their prices as well as their tech specs.

      Everybody's trying to compete with Apple on its terms, without realizing that nobody can be Apple but Apple. But that doesn't mean they can't compete with Apple at all.

    • by iamhassi (659463)

      Non Apple Tables are priced roughly $200-300 too expensive. Get them around $199-$299 and they'll sell like gangbusters just like it did for Android phones in the mobile market.

      That's only half true. I have seen plenty of android tablets under $200, some even under $100. Problem is they're generic off brand tablets with slow CPUs and bad screens that give android a bad name. What they need is a major manufacture like HP or HTC to sell $150 tablets with decent specs. But that will never happen because no manufacture wants to devalue their brand name by selling inexpensive merchandise, they all want to say "yes we sell a tablet and it's just as good as the iPad that's why it's t

      • What they need is a major manufacture like HP or HTC to sell $150 tablets with decent specs. But that will never happen because no manufacture wants to devalue their brand name by selling inexpensive merchandise

        The above thinking is what's killing decent manufactures tablet hopes. All this strategy is doing is giving apple more money to build better IPads. They seriously need to throw this out and make a market first using cheap hardware, once you get the market in place then focus on competing with the Ipa

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by sootman (158191)

      > ICultists wont touch it with a 10 foot pole at any price because it's
      > not made by Apple and everyone else that's on the fence is going
      > to see the identical price and buy the Ipad because either they saw
      > it on TV more / their ICult buddy recommended it and since they're
      > priced the same might as well get what everyone else is talking about

      I am SO FUCKING SICK of all this "it's all because of fanboys/marketing/cultishness" shit! EVERY SINGLE MAJOR REVIEW of the TouchPad says it's barely in

  • Already out this morning at all the local stores (Walmart, Staples, Best Buy, etc...), well before noon. Suppose we might start seeing these things on Ebay soon, being flipped for a quick profit.

    Anyway, wondering if we'll see an Android ROM for it anytime soon. I've heard WebOS is great, but developers are going to be leaving in droves.

  • Anyone see a way of getting this clearance price in the UK?
  • by fafaforza (248976) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:10PM (#37155178)

    until I realized it ran webOS. If it was Android, it would be a different story. Honestly, what made them use webOS? And price this thing the same as the iPad? Were they setting themselves up for failure purposefully?

    What most of these tabled companies don't realize is that no one will pay the same price as the iPad for their tables because they are much more likely to just bail out of 2 consecutive sales reports aren't gangbusters. Apple is here to stay, so why would anyone buy a product that will likely be abandoned in a "focus realignment" meeting between some MBAs.

  • My brother has one (Score:5, Interesting)

    by spectro (80839) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @01:23PM (#37155262) Homepage

    He works for HP and got one when they put them on sale for $300 a few weeks ago. I played with it last week and kinda liked it.

    It's a solid piece of hardware, slick UI and really fast.

    No, it doesn't run android and doesn't have data plan but after playing with it I would definitely buy it for $99 if only to browse the internet when watching tv or in a hotel.

    Too bad they are sold out already :(

  • Really what company pays 1.2 billion for some software and then kills it in under 2 months?

    I'm hoping that this decision was based on negotiation talks that HP was having with other manufacturers where the companies basically said ok we'll be willing to license WebOS from you as long as we don't have to compete on the hardware front with you. There's a business decision i think would be more in line with HP than automatically assuming they're idiots.

    Besides, which other tablet can you program directly on

  • I think HP is being stupidly near-sighted by not continuing to invest in this. Even if HP wants to move towards the idea of 'enterprise integration', they could do what RIM is trying to do (belatedly) with the Playbook, and come up with a tablet for enterprise/industrial/OEM integration. I thought WebOS (and the Palm legacy) had the best basis to provide innovation/alternatives to the iPad; so far most of what we're seeing from Android has not been very inspiring.

    Now I fully admit to being an Apple FanBoy

  • ...can you install Android on it?

  • was their support organization for the product really _that_ expensive? I suppose it was, since palm was so expensive for them.

  • by avm (660)

    I picked one of the 32gb ones this morning at a local Wal-Mart. Loving it so far....

  • by Coppit (2441)

    So this isn't the year of Linux on the tablet?

  • by neiras (723124) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @02:46PM (#37155868)

    $99.00 + tax here in Vancouver area. There was a line-up at the Best Buy when the doors opened. Everyone was saying "I don't really have a use for this, but it's too good and too cheap to pass up."

    Not a bad price for a decent quality web browser for my coffee table. Looks nice enough, works great. I don't care about the lack of an app ecosystem - this is hackable, slick hardware. I'll find something to do with it.

    You know, there are going to be hundreds of thousands of these things in people's hands in the next week or two, people who have never had a tablet before. HP just created a market for WebOS apps. By mistake? Hmm.

  • Does anyone know the policy for someone who bought one at a higher price from Newegg ?
  • by Culture20 (968837) on Saturday August 20, 2011 @02:49PM (#37155904)
    Reminds me of the local radio ads I hear for events that happens the day prior.
  • It has been a quest for me to get one...and as on 1 P.M. PST I haven't been able to. Hopefully soon! :)
  • That Best Buy isn't going to honor the lower price or price match. They're shipping all their stock back to HP, who will probably then in turn offer them at hp.com at the reduced price.

    I heard another rumor that if you bought a Touchpad at the full price recently that you should call HP and they might refund you the difference. Can't hurt to try if your Best Buy shafts you (and that's pretty much a given with Best Buy).

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