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HP to throw $100 million on soothing retailers' pain caused by unsold TouchPads

0. phoneArena posted on 19 Aug 2011, 03:48

With the HP TouchPad selling considerably worse than anyone at the company would have ever imagined, one might wonder what would retail outlets do with all the leftover units taking...

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posted on 19 Aug 2011, 04:17 4

1. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)

I think if HP had launched the TouchPad at $399 it would sell much more. Starting it at the same price point as the iPad was a mistake. They didn't really give people a good reason to buy a TouchPad over an iPad. Pricing isn't everything but its a good enough reason for someone to overlook the competition.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 04:39 1

2. Mehha (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 May 2011)


posted on 19 Aug 2011, 05:06

3. J miller (unregistered)

Besides the price point being close to Ipad. The real issue with HP touchpad is the complete absence or rather zero visibility WebOS in the market since it bought it from Palm. Unlike Andriod which is open & taunted to challenge Apple's IOS even before mass adoption. HP WebOS was simply not in anyone radar. HP should have come out with a beta touchpad quickly with WebOS & provide testing for free in the 1st place & have use feedback & focus group at the very least. This not only allow feedback & also propel the development to to focus on the real world requirements. Eco-system is key here & HP now having to play catchup...I wish them good luck..

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 07:28

4. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

HP better do right by these retailers. How do they move future products if they burn bridges by sticking it to electronic stores across the country? This is going to be a hard failure to bounce back from for HP, especially considering the tougher competition for PCs, laptops, and notebooks.

This must be heartbreaking for true WeBOS fans. Once I move on, there will be plenty I will miss about my Pre Plus. What a monumental waste of a great OS.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 07:49 2

5. Gcombs (unregistered)

I'm waiting to see if retailers clearance these out. I will get one if they drop really low.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 08:52

6. rocket (unregistered)

that really is the absolute end of the line for palm, dusted away no trace of it...

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 10:22

8. kickinbass (Posts: 26; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)

This is a sad option to take. Apple is to blame cause they dominate the tablet world. Its funny, if WebOs was the first option available to the world I would bet my bottom dollar that they would still be the dominate alpha Tablet. Its not a bad platform at all, yeah its different but so is Android. They need to take a step back and ReRevamp things. My opinion only. I do wish VZW carried this though.

posted on 19 Aug 2011, 19:59

9. HLS (unregistered)

if the 16GB dropped to 199$ I may consider buying one. i am just glad i canceled my order at 499$ I was wondering why they were so aggressive in trying to get me to not cancel. no one wants one lol What was HP thinking about making such a bulky item?? and apple ipad is not much more expensive

posted on 20 Aug 2011, 01:55

10. Artax (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

HP better do right by the poor saps like me who actually bought one and was actually writing bug reports to help fix it's multitude of issues. f**ked out of $600 dollars and now there's a fire sale. Thx HP, thx for taking care of those retailers, forget about the consumers you just royally f*cked over. Thx a lot. I even purchased it to begin starting app dev. Needless to say, will never purchase or recommend an HP product to anybody I know again. Lost a customer for life. HP can go out of business and die tomorrow and I would find solace in that.

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