HP might have up to 200 000 more TouchPads for sale in late October, helping suppliers to clean inventory
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 02, 2011, 2:05 AM
This second batch won't amount to much, sources say, rather 100 000 - 200 000 units, but it will help Inventec and the other suppliers utilize their idle touch panels, batteries and chassis already produced for the 9.7" slate.
The final production should be shipping next month, with HP starting a last round of TouchPad sales at the end of October, industry sources are claiming. Those 200 000 units are probably a drop in the bucket to satiate the explicable demand for a quality $99 tablet, but we'll have to make do with it.
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Screw that, get an iPad.
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 3:12 AM 1
$99 Android tablet with high end specs, I don't know - I think this batch will sell out just as quickly as the first one :)
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 4:34 AM 0
I still dont understand the obsession of buying this to put android on it. As an owner of all Tablet OSs, iOS, WebOS, and Honeycomb. Putting honeycomb in its current state is like asking to have a less intuitive, disorganized multitasking system, choppy web browsing, less account integration (Android requires multiple apps to run what webos can with one), inferior keyboard and the list goes on. WebOS whether it stays or goes is quite nice. Those that knock it havent tried it...and playing with a demo unit at best buy doesnt qualify as using it! I like how fluid and smooth iOS is on an iPad2, but I found myself bored at the interface. The fisher price grid of icons and lack of customization left me wanting more and I would put the device down. Sure there is an App for that but its seems it needs and app for everything for its lack of Flash support and web inabilities. Ok skyfire...which work fair compared to Honeycombs browsing and nowhere near the Touchpads. And then there is the intrusive notification system on iOS 4...wow...it is horrible! In the way all the time! Thank god they are changing this in iOS 5...it is overdue! The Touchpad takes the cake here. Its notification system is seemless intuitive, elegant and simple! As for hardware...the iPad2 is really nice...built well, beautiful...the list goes on. The only thing it lacks is good speakers something the Touchpad has far over the other tablet! But apples multitasking is dead last...it is dated and doesnt work anywhere near the android or webos tablets. Its usable but after the Touchpad it is really inferior. My point is the touchpad and its core function are quite good. Emailing is done right, IMing done right, Web done right, keyboard done right, and speakers done right. Yes it is missing a decent rear facing camera...which I never used on my transformer or iPad2 but it would be nice to have it. I like not having to load 3 apps in order to cover all my IMing needs like I do with the iPad and the transformer. The built in IMing (Messaging) app does Yahoo, Gtalk, AIM, and Skype. On android I need their built Gtalk (which can only do one of my google accounts) then I need eBuddy for Yahoo, my other google account, and AIM...followed by an Skype app. Not to mention eBuddy and most of the IMing apps on android and apple have ads and dont seem to stay connected...it is just plain better on a touchpad. Now email, I really like the TouchPad and the iPad alot! Android is good but once again I need multiple apps to cover my email accounts...iPad and TouchPad...one app! And on my honeycomb device there is no inline spell checker!! Or one I can run after I write and email on my transformer...this is unbelievable to me! I have this on both the TP and iPad! The Touchpad might not do or have all the apps the other have but what it has in common it tends to do better. As new as it is it is more polished then honeycomb (No forced closes on the browser...yes this happens
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 5:32 AM 0
Dont pass judgement till you have spent time on all. It is far better then I thought it would be and of all Android to me needs the most work. Task Management is disorganized, cumbersome and plain confusing. It memory management because of its task manager introduces more issues. Web Browsing on my Asus is a mixed bag...I like the tabs but it is slow, force closes, is choppy as hell!!! But it does more then iOS. I have 3.2 of honeycomb and it is getting better but android feels like a beta release. Lacks stability, smoothness, and intuitiveness. I do love the widgets especially the mail and calendar one. But I have found many widgets are unprofessional looking and dont seem to work well not to mention clutter up the desktop. So I use then sparsely. I want to say I miss it on the touchpad but I dont. For the notification system does a great job. And this way the desktop stays clean and I know what is running and what is not! Originally the Touchpad was slow, but after popping 3.0.2 on it and doing so very easy preware patches this tablet runs very nice. It was easier then jailbreaking and far and away easier then rooting and roming an android...not to mention with preware you can uninstall any patch without having to start over. This is really quite a nice platform. You simply need to use it and not just for a few minutes. I have grown to prefer it over my iPad2 for I like the web, IMing, keyboard, emailing, and facebook on the touchpad better. It doesnt do as much as my iPad and it certainly doesnt have the apps that my iPad does...love Pulse!!! But the core functions that I use it for most I like substantially better on the touchpad. Just my 2 cents...I will get off my soapbox now!
posted on Sep 02, 2011, 5:49 AM 0
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