[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/08/dLOQGK.jpg[/newsimage]HP's effort to reduce the price of their WebOS tablet in order to drive sales is clearly not going to plan. Best Buy has only sold about 25,000 TouchPads across all stores and now the company is calling for HP to take back a huge stockpile of the devices. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/best-buy-wants-hp-to-take-back-over-240000-touchpads-50286/](http://www.myce.com/news/best-buy-wants-hp-to-take-back-over-240000-touchpads-50286/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
This is just a [B]massive[/B] failure for HP in their effort to make a dent in this market. Bundling the tablets with new pc sales might be the only strategy that works to get more of these tablets into the hands of the public and let them get familiar with WebOS. But I have a feeling that Apple is going to rule tablet sales for some time.
The only way to beat Apple in the tablet world is PRICE…Aren"t they crazy to ask $499.00…
The price should have been much lower to start with. In order to compete with the Ipad, these companies need to sell tablets cheaper. I was playing with the toshiba thrive, it was pretty good. Only problem it was $400.
HP just announced they are dropping all tablets and other devices with WebOS.
Woot! is gonna have them any day now…Or BigLots…Or even 1saleaday.com…
You guys are right. HP just can’t expect to walk into the market and demand top dollar such as for an ipad device that hasn’t proven itself yet. Does it have potential? Certainly but coming late to the game requires a whole different marketing startegy and expectations. IMO, they need to get the apps up to par. You may have great hardware (which isn’t the case here) and really good OS but without the apps there’s no value. Sure it looks pretty and plays well but what good is all that shuffling if there isn’t much to shuffle? Look at the Playbook, they’re hurting bad the OS is pretty solid. Even with the Android App player for the BlackBerry Playbook, I don’t know how well it works, its still not helping them.
Bottom line, yes bundle them to get into the hands of the consumer and get those apps developed and or ported. If we had app for converting android apps to HP apps that it would be great but we don’t.
Already on sale for $99 for the 16gb model: http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/19/let-the-liquidation-begin-hps-16gb-touchpad-on-sale-for-99/
Where can I buy one dirt cheap in the UK? Is that the sound of a tumbleweed I hear? Ripoff Britain strikes again. No firesales in blighty other than those in the riots.
[QUOTE=Kerry56;2600657]Already on sale for $99 for the 16gb model: http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/19/let-the-liquidation-begin-hps-16gb-touchpad-on-sale-for-99/[/QUOTE]
If these can be hacked to utilize android 2.2 or later this will be a boon to those who need a cheap tablet! If it went to $50 and it could have android 2.2 I’d buy one… that’s around cost for the 16gb of onboard memory alone!
[QUOTE=AIRBUD7;2600413]The only way to beat Apple in the tablet world is PRICE…Aren"t they crazy to ask $499.00…[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=tmc8080;2600934]If these can be hacked to utilize android 2.2 or later this will be a boon to those who need a cheap tablet! If it went to $50 and it could have android 2.2 I’d buy one… that’s around cost for the 16gb of onboard memory alone![/QUOTE]
Now THAT would sell the hardware. Even I would pick one up if it could fully support Android. Hopefully some aspiring modders out there can make it happen.