How to Find Out When HP Has $99 TouchPads in Stock
As you might know, the HP TouchPad has been on sale for extremely low prices ever since the company announced that it was killing production of the webOS powered tablet. And because of this fire sale, there is insane demand for this device.
I mean, who wouldn’t want a $99 tablet that will likely have little to no developer support when it’s all said and done right?
Sarcasm aside, these things are selling like hotcakes for $99 and because of the low price point, HP has announced that it is temporarily out of stock due to the overwhelming demand for the device.
Those words would have been a lot nicer to hear before HP decided to kill current and future webOS hardware. The company notes that it’s not worth your time to call HP to find out about availability and that you should instead follow their community manager @brynaathp on Twitter or visit this link in order to find out more information about when the tablet will again become available.
Has anyone out there bought one for $99?
Our own Warner Crocker did the exact opposite and returned his. If I had one, I would probably do the same. I can’t imagine owning a tablet that doesn’t have a thriving application market and developer community behind it.
08/23/2011 at 7:48 pm
Hopefully android os will be able to run on it then it will be a worthy investment
08/23/2011 at 7:48 pm
Yeah until the Android porting project is finished. If Qualcomm didnt’ already do it.
08/23/2011 at 8:00 pm
WebOS is plenty functional to warrant $99 of purchase; I have an android tablet and its quirks are incredibly annoying.
Yeah, I wouldn’t count on apps/devs after like a month from now, but it does everything I need it to except document editing….. which is coming in a week.
08/24/2011 at 1:40 am
I brought a 32gb from Bestbuy for $149…Its good for what I need it for.
08/24/2011 at 3:51 am
Ordered one from HP online. All I really want one for is Skype and web browsing. Pretty much everything has a web app these days so its all you really need for a great price.
08/24/2011 at 5:08 am
I find it odd that this article and the one by Warner are showing such a disconnect from reality. After witnessing the firesale blowout, it seems strange to keep pushing the line that you don’t know why anyone would want them. Five yrs. ago GBM was talking about similar devices with a lot of excitement. At that time, none of them really carried apps. Now, Apple has conned people into believing that apps are the defining feature – thus, small app store = useless product.
However, the firesale success proves something other than price point matters. It also proves that there is a large number of people who are looking for basic smartphone functions – phone, e-mail, browser, document viewing, wifi, and easy UI. They would love to explore the other features that might be included, especially apps, but these aren’t dealbreakers for them.
They want to receive simple phone bills for the calls they make, not get locked into data plans because they still intend to use the phone as mainly a phone. That doesn’t mean they are not up with the times, just that they cannot define the need for other features to push them to buy.
So, when a deal like the HP one comes along, you find hordes of people opening their wallets because they weren’t in the market for the devices, but they know a good deal when they see it. That is, if it satisfies the basic functions adequately (and assuming that it has a decent build life), then who cares if anything gets updated in the worst-case scenario.
I think GBM writers are astute enough to have been able to figure this out by now. So, it kind of urks me to hear this diatribe that the firesale buyers were just a bunch of suckers. Real thought and consideration went into their decision to buy, perhaps even more than someone with disposable income who purchases an iPad but doesn’t know what exactly he’ll use it for.
Until I see a real convergence of workflow-related tasks, I still think that a desktop/laptop/convertible will be necessary to do any heavy lifting. That leaves tablets, as they are known today, pretty marginalized in their use-case options, and thus, a nice accessory to one’s gadgets, but not much different than a modern-day Walkman.
To clarify my stance, I purchased 2 touchpads even though I was not looking to buy, and I am trying to snag a couple Pre 3’s from the UK which would make them my first smartphone that I owned. If I can’t get them, I won’t look for an alternative.
08/24/2011 at 6:03 am
99% of iTards use the ipad for: email, surfing, ebooks, music, and games. This TouchPad does all that, and for only $99 one can hunt around the net and find plenty of WebOS apps. obviously not as many as the ipad, but there’s still plenty out there.
This (admittedly) ridiculous turn of events has actually breathed some life into WebOS (which I had no interest in previously). I tried to pick up 2 TouchPads from Barnes & Noble, and my order actually went through in time… but only later did they send me an email that they were oversold…
Kudos to those who managed to get one. This was the perhaps the most exciting (and silliest) Tablet event of the year!
08/24/2011 at 12:32 pm
Returned it because of app development? This thing costs less than a Kindle, but kills it in functionality. Anyone who can’t justify $99 for a portable web browser/e-reader/video & mp3 player seriously has far too many needs. Even just as a gift for a relative if you’re looking for something more powerful, the price is hardly to blame for not wanting it.
08/24/2011 at 2:25 pm
The one thing no one has talked about with the Touchpad is that does the on thing the iPad doesn’t when using it to just surf the web – it runs flash and does it well. I picked up one for that purpose alone.
08/25/2011 at 6:32 pm
I was stuck in the laptop realm and convinced that all me and my kids needed were laptops. I refused to even look at tablet pcs until someone came to my house and showed me a remodeling presentation on his tablet. That peaked my interest, but with so many laptops in play that I’d recently gotten serviced, and a refurbished touch screen desktop for school use and a work project, I still didn’t feel it would be in my budget range to give tablets a test drive. This fire sale, although frustrating, did give me a push to try one. After a few frustrating days, I finally got one, and I’ve already downloaded a bunch of apps and a book that I need to study for a state exam. I only wish I could have gotten one for my kids. It is because of this HP tablet that I might decide to get another brand of tablet in the future. I think HP did consumers and it’s competitors a favor in the long run.