Two weeks ago, HP announced it was killing the TouchPad, its competitor to Apple’s iPad, after only 42 days on the market. To clear its inventory, HP slashed the price of the device to from $499 to $99 for 16 GB models and from $599 to $149 for 32 GB models.
At those prices, the TouchPad became as coveted as the iPad at its launch. HP’s website sold out within hours, crashing several times during the frenzy. Stores that matched HP’s prices sold out immediately. The TouchPad was a trending topic on Twitter all weekend.
For those of you who wanted a TouchPad at these low, low prices but missed out on the big sale, good news! HP just announced that they will be manufacturing more tablets and selling them at the discounted prices in a few weeks. Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for further information.
People craved the TouchPad at $99, even though it was not clear that its WebOS operating system would continue to be supported. The number of apps for the TouchPad pales in comparison to the number of apps for the iPad, but the TouchPad offers basic apps such as email, Facebook, Twitter, Kindle, WeatherBug, Pandora, Angry Birds and a web browser. You can load photos, videos and music onto the tablet as well. At $99, the tablet is cheaper than a digital photo frame or a Kindle reader.
Some people who already own an iPad bought the TouchPad as a spare tablet so their kids would leave their iPads alone. Others plan to reprogram (“root”) the device so it will run Android. Some purchasers believe that the WebOS operating system will live on.
The fervor over the TouchPad has raised an interesting question. What is the price at which tablets can compete with the iPad? At $99, HP is selling the TouchPad at a loss, but is there a market for a low priced, basic tablet that could be a competitor to the iPad?
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This isn’t just mere speculation. Amazon is expected to launch its own tablet in October. Clearly demand for tablets exists if prices are low. With Amazon’s Android App Store, the company is well positioned to sell its tablets for lower prices while recouping its investment through the sale of apps.
Exciting times ahead for tech!
Did you try to buy a TouchPad? Were you interested in buying one but missed out on the big sale the first time? What would you use a $99 tablet for? Let us know in the Comments section below.
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