HP TouchPad: So Who’s Bought One?

At $499, the TouchPad falls right in line with the iPad 2 and Android tablets in terms of price. HP asked its Facebook fans if they’ve ordered TouchPads yet. Exactly one of HP’s 307,085 Facebook fans answered in the affirmative.

Several of HP’s followers mentioned that they’re happy with their iPads. It’s a shame that HP can’t get a little love from its own fans.

The TouchPad’s life is just starting, so we’re not going to take the Facebook question too seriously, but we would like to know if any GBM readers are pre-ordering the TouchPad. If so, what are you most excited about and why are you choosing the TouchPad over the iPad 2 and its Honeycomb counterparts?

HP TouchPad from HP.com

HP TouchPad Starts at $499

The TouchPad has a lot of potential, but we wish HP’s fans would show a little more enthusiasm towards the device’s launch.

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The TouchPad is available for pre-order over at HP.com for $499 (16GB) and $599 (32GB).

 

  

Comments

  1. Detfan says

    I’m not pre ordering.  I am picking mine up at Best Buy on the 1st, to save the shipping costs.  18 months no interest on it, so it will be obsolete by the time I have to pay for the bulk of it.  In my view, webOS is the most elegant operating system out there, and HP has the means to scale this up, and has stated that all of their products will have webOS in 2012.  There is a great synergy to that happening.  Lookning forward to out meneuviring all my IPad collegues!!  Touchpad has twice the RAM, also.

    • John Destacamento says

      I pre-ordered mine on Monday, they are offering free shipping.  Best Buy is down the street however you never know how many a particular store will be getting on Launch day versus the amount of people that will be there. 

  2. rainman says

    I’m a webOS fanboy and I will have one, but I’m waiting for the first shipments to be out and see what bugs they have. I often wait for gen2.

  3. Kurt V says

    I ordered the 32 GB Touchpad with charger stand and case on the 19th (via Amazon, which has free shipping).  WebOS is superior to all other operating systems, it is just unfortunate that people get caught up in trends (aka Apple) without doing their homework.  And the number of apps available via Apple/Android is a WAY, WAY oversold “feauture.”  Who cares if there are 500,000 apps avaialble.  Who in their right mind is going to use all of those?  Who would have any sort of life if they TRIED to use all of those apps?  Studies prove that 80% of those apps are not used at all.  Most people will use a core set of critical apps (maybe a dozen or so), unless they have no other life but to be on their mobile device all day long.  I don’t want that kind of life.  I want an OS that is quick and very easy to use, and WebOS is the easiest by far.  Ok, I am interested in future applications that can be built for an OS, and WebOS is the best development platform for that as well – people are just not aware of all options, which HP is working hard to change.

    • Pjwhswcsw says

      Great call Kurt V.  I did the exact same thing yesterday….WebOS is the future of mobile operating systems…

  4. Garymgx says

    I’m waiting for July 1st as well, but intend to buy one.  However, I’d really like to understand HP’s app store ecosystem, and how they intend to aggressively pursue building a strong library of WebOS content optimized for the touchpad.

  5. John Destacamento says

    I pre-ordered mine and they offered FREE shipping.  The HP Touchpad will most likely be my favorite out of my collection of tabs: iPad2, iPad1, Galaxy Tab 7″, Archos 70.   FYI, iPad2 seems to have problems with apps closing spontaneously, but I’ll save those issues for some other discussion.  

  6. Jackson says

    I ordered mine from Amazon.com on 19th without any hassles and am a Prime member too so free 2 day shipping. 

  7. Yogh says

    I hope to buy one because from what I’ve heard about webOS and seen it looks like the best OS.  However, as I haven’t used it before I’m going to wait till the TouchPad is available for me to try in stores before I buy one.  Being in New Zealand that means I’m going to have to wait till later this year.

  8. Anonymous says

    I’m 99% sure I’ll buy one, but since I’m planning to use it to showcase high res photos, I want to see in person how well it presents them in its 18-bit display.  It looks great on YouTube, but really need to see it first.

  9. Anonymous says

    In a nutshell, HP has shown little to get excited about. Very little developer buzz, practically no marketing, and even if there HAD been marketing, there are few compelling reasons to buy one over an iPad.

    Is HP even really behind this product? It drops in July, and if I weren’t a Gizmo-Head I wouldn’t even know about it. There’s been very little marketing around it. Are they saving all those dollars for the Pre3? 

    Even without marketing support, HP had a chance to set the touchpad at an amazing price point – say, $399 for the 16 GB and $499 for the 32GB, which might have been cheap enough to get the product into some people’s hands and get a bit of a buzz about the OS started. But they blew it and set it at the exact same prices as the iPad. Now really, what is so compelling about WebOS that will make me, the average consumer, buy it over the wildly successful, sexy, popular, PROVEN  iPad?Touch-to-share? Snore. Right now it can -GASP! – transfer a web site. Sorry, not compelling. Touchstone? Cool tech, but the price of purchasing the charging base reminds me of an old saying: “The juice isn’t worth the squeeze.” Multitasking? That might have been compelling if they had put out the Touchpad a year ago, but soon every OS will have it. The same can be said of advanced message handling – which was the other thing WebOS had over iOS and Android at one point, but not for much longer.There are only two places you can really compete for consumer mindshare when it comes to tablets. Apps and price. Competing with Apple on Apps is out of the question, so they really only had price to try and make a splash. Like I said, they blew it. A shame, because I really love what I see in WebOS.Either HP is just completely out of touch with what they need to do in the tablet/phone OS market, or they’re basically using the Veer/Touchpad/Pre3 as a soft-launch testbed for future, more exciting products. If it’s the latter, I think it’s a huge mistake. More and more, they lose any traction they might have had with their developer community. Go read the boards on PreCentral. A lot of those guys have just lost faith. If you lose the developers, you lose the race, no matter how good your OS is.

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