Etc.

Well, I am tempted to run over to Best Buy and try to pick up one of those $99 HP TouchPads on clearance. I don’t, you know, need one in any sense of that word, but hey, it’s a tablet for $99. Hmmm.

Any of you take the plunge?

In other news, we know the site has been down a number of mornings lately. I think we’ll have that issue resolved shortly. Apologies for the down time.

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    • MaxTheLimit
    • 8 years ago

    I was going to get one of these for my daughter, so she’d stop using Erica’s iPad. But they were sold out all over ( Ottawa to Kingston) by the time I found out.

    • alphacheez
    • 8 years ago

    I’m really enjoying my Touchpad for use as going through my twitter feed and RSS feeds; I find it’s more efficient at those tasks than my netbook or even desktop.

    The software can be a bit rough around the edges even with the 3.02 update, but overall it’s more enjoyable than I expected tablet computing would be. Touch input isn’t always registered but it is more rare than I expected from reviews. It happens infrequently enough that I’m surprised at it each time; makes it quite frustrating since you aren’t expecting it.

    I’ve run into some bugs trying to play back streaming video at >1 megabit/s but it does well with 400-600 kilobit/s.

    I re-encoded some videos using handbrake and a preset I found in the precentral.net forums and some of the videos don’t play all the way through; not sure that’s an issue with the Touchpad, encode or the source videos.

    I also picked one up for my wife and she was skeptical and still doesn’t really get the OS but I put some TV episodes, videos, pictures and music and she’s enjoying those.

    I can almost touch type on the keyboard but it’s a bit too small for that, though I do like the number row being right on the main keyboard for typing passwords or data and searches of various sorts.

    The multitasking is great though high-bitrate streaming video quickly gave me “Too many cards open” warning quite quickly. A soft reset was able to get it back to behaving nicely.

    YouTube looks great and plays 720p videos completely smooth…better than my E2180 (Pentium version of C2D) when multitasking which seems to exhibit dropped frames and jerkiness, though the Pentium does 1080p video when just playing that back and I haven’t tried that on the Touchpad; the 1024×768 native res and lack of HDMI out makes it a bit pointless anyway…. I also don’t have a TV w/ HDMI inputs.

    WebOS is really good and I hope it can find a place in the mobile landscape. It still needs work and though I haven’t used an iPad for more than about 10 min I suspect it’s overall smoother and I know the keyboard is a bit easier to type on since the “keys” are bigger, but the number-row makes up for a lot of it. I’m hoping HP doesn’t just let this innovative OS with great potential die on the vine; then I’ll be really sad.

    I wish HP had given it’s WebOS hardware another quarter since they haven’t had a new high-end smartphone with good carrier agreements in a long time and I think there were still some people waiting on the Pre3 to update their phone. Launching with Sprint then not releasing updated hardware on the network and not getting on other carriers quickly enough while not having decent marketing. I’m still not sure where and how I could have gotten a Pre2 and the Veer made absolutely no sense to me.

    I’m pretty sure nobody wants to have to use adapters to charge their phones or plug in speakers…what were they thinking???

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    Don’t care for tablets. I don’t have a use for them, my aging laptop can handle my mobile needs. If I want to do any serious work and gaming, a desktop PC can do the job with none of the compromises.

    Tablets are just a fad among most users. Only a minority will continue to use them after the fad dies down.

    What does a tablet have over a desktop and laptop/netbook? Portability is the only thing that comes to my mind.

    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    To the people who bought the tablets: I’ll buy your laptops for $100 as you just bought a superior device and no longer need your old one.

    You can’t give attention to both.

    People really are stupid. I guess what I read is true about people just looking for little gadgets to buy regardless of it having any real use.

      • Corrado
      • 8 years ago

      i use my desktop, laptop,tablet and iphone thankyouverymuch. Dont presume to know anything about me and I wont assume youre a self loving git.

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        No one can know you better then you know yourself… right?

          • Corrado
          • 8 years ago

          I am on call for work constantly. I have an LTE hotspot that I carry with me all places. Using a tablet I can remote into my machines for work from ANYWHERE without having to lug a full sized laptop with me. I’d much rather carry a 1lb, < 1″ thick tablet with me than a full sized Dell laptop that work gave me that gets 2 hours of battery life, is almost 5lb, and is over 2″ thick. When I’m at home, I use my own personal MacBook Pro 15″. I also have a smartphone I use for my email and what not. So yes… I can give my attention to both, and I do on a regular basis.

      • alphacheez
      • 8 years ago

      I would have whole-heartedly agreed with Bensam123 before I got a Touchpad this weekend, but the tablet really is a nice consumption, research and reading device. I enjoy the double-tap-to-zoom on the bigger screen than a smartphone; it’s a higher res screen than my netbook and text is a lot smoother when double-tap-zoomed.

      The viewing angle on the screen is amazing as well. Hopefully I’m not just exhibiting the cognitive dissonance of a fanboy as was Cyril discussed a little while ago on in a post and during the previous podcast. I don’t think I’m suffering Stockholm syndrome with my new WebOS captors, but if I was, would I know?

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    Looks like there’s a second chance coming to get a $99 TouchPadm, according to a [url=http://www.precentral.net/coming-soon-touchpad-fire-sale-part-2<]story at PreCentral[/url<]

    • antx
    • 8 years ago

    My friends and I went from ZERO interest in the Touchpad to obsessively scouring all internet and physical store options. Amazing what a huge price drop can do to demand.
    I finally found one on ebay for only $119, easily the cheapest I’ve seen on ebay by a long shot.
    My buddy ordered 2 through HP.com but it took almost an hour to complete the transaction because the site is so slammed. He also got 2 more when one particular amazon reseller had them for $99.
    I’m keeping mine, but for many, it’s an easy way to make a quick $100+ profit.

    • Corrado
    • 8 years ago

    Got one Sat morning. Its been great with some teaks mentioned in the forum thread started by SSK.

    • glynor
    • 8 years ago

    What [url=http://www.winsupersite.com/blog/supersite-blog-39/mobile-computing-devices/practice-restraint-touchpad-fire-sale-140273<]Paul Thurrott said[/url<].

      • Peldor
      • 8 years ago

      If you need a bunch of apps to enjoy your tablet, Paul’s correct (but geez, how hard is it to recognize WebOS is dead). If you want to surf the web, listen to music, watch videos, read books, and check email, and aren’t looking to burn $500, Paul’s pretty misguided.

      If I could find one, $99 would go a long way to improving the 40+ hours of international flights on my schedule, and might even entertain the kids once in a while without me worrying about earning top honors at [url]shitmykidsruined.com[/url]

      I’m not certain, but I think Angry Birds may have better mindshare than Ronald McDonald in the under 10 age group.

        • Peldor
        • 8 years ago

        Bah! Filters! stuffmykidsruined.com just wouldn’t be as funny.

    • Fighthouse
    • 8 years ago

    Just ordered one. It’s nice to work for a business that partners with CDW.

    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Well, I am tempted to run over to Best Buy and try to pick up one of those $99 HP TouchPads on clearance. I don't, you know, need one in any sense of that word, but hey, it's a tablet for $99. Hmmm. [/quote<] Nobody that buys a tablet at any price actually NEEDS it, it's just an endulgement. I say if you gotz the money, go for it. It's not like you're gonna starve for a few days cause you spent food money foolishly.

    • bhtooefr
    • 8 years ago

    If you want to get one now, you’ve pretty much gotta find an online seller by hanging out on deal forums or in IRC channels where TouchPads are being discussed, and then hope you beat the rush to that particular site.

    Last chance for brick and mortar was pretty much yesterday morning, at Best Buy, and you had to get in line before the store opened, even in podunk areas like mine.

    I got a 32 gig for myself, and have ordered a couple online for reshipping to areas where they’re either not yet discounted or have already sold completely out.

    • stdRaichu
    • 8 years ago

    Still selling at full list price here in the UK 🙁

    I’m generally someone who sees little to no utility in tablets but at £100-150 it’s great for “toy” value, especially if it turns out to be nice and hackable. There’s already a fairly nice XBMC remote for webOS and coupling it with the inductive charger could make for living room swankiness.

      • bhtooefr
      • 8 years ago

      Rumor mill says 89 GBP for 16 gigs, 115 for 32 gigs, coming soon.

        • stdRaichu
        • 8 years ago

        Consider me near the front of the queue in that case, at least if the rumo[b<]u[/b<]r mill turns out to have any semblance of reality to it 😉 That said, I've got a Curry's right next to my house... although not sure it's reopened after the looting. Might pay a visit on tuesday after I've taken my £30-ethernet-cable allergy pills. [url<]http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/tablets/hp-touchpad-uk-price-drop-confirmed--995403[/url<]

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Im hovering around a dozen sites all aftenoon to see if they drop prices. I have no need for a tablet really, but i was considering a Kindle. If i can get a fully functioning tablet for less then hell yes im getting one. Dixons have confirmed they are dropping the price at some point today (at least confirmed for retail). Currys (same company) will have them as well i presume.

        • Farting Bob
        • 8 years ago

        Well Dixons went live at 6pm (20 minutes ago) with the £89, managed to get to the ordering screens, went through everything until card details entering then i get error messages and it dumps me back to the home page, with no mention of the 16GB version on their site now. Obviously the huge numbers of people buying overloaded the system to the point where it was a lottery if you got through it or not.

        • stdRaichu
        • 8 years ago

        Yup, price dropped at just a couple of minutes after 6… but are showing up as unavailable on all the sites I’ve checked. Confirmed that the prices are £90 and £115 for the 16 and 32GB respectively but since the drop I’ve only seen the 32GB on sale. Dixons won’t let you add to the basket, PCWorld only offer a “pick up from store” option, but say no stores have the model in stock, so you can’t buy it there either. Le sigh!

        Accessories still seem to be selling for list price.

        Will check the physical store tomorrow but looks like the UK stock may have already been sniped.

          • Farting Bob
          • 8 years ago

          Yea ive got a feeling that unless we find a site that doesnt announce or leak its price drop and stealthily does it in the middle of the night ive got no hope.

          On the plus side, in a few days once most places have sold out, theres going to be 10,000 of them on ebay for under £150. Still a good deal.

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    .2 the cost at .02 the functionality, as I see it.

      • jpostel
      • 8 years ago

      what functionality are you looking for that the Touchpad doesn’t have?

        • Bensam123
        • 8 years ago

        Real games, the ability to change anything you want on it, computational horsepower, being able to watch 1080p vide without the screen being jerky, a keyboard and mouse.

        • Krogoth
        • 8 years ago

        Better UI for doing serious work (spreadsheets, coding, projects etc.), more capacity and computing power to effortlessly handle simple tasks. The ability to boot onto multiple platforms and use VMs for testing purposes.

        The only thing going for tablets is their high degree of portablilty, which is good if want to simple tasks on the go without having to haul around a full-blown netbook/laptop.

          • Corrado
          • 8 years ago

          But thats not what its for… its intended purpose is for web browsing, light gaming, communication and media consumption. You can’t complain that a microwave makes crappy filet mignon. Sure, you could do it in a pinch, but thats not what a microwave is for. Its for making pop corn and reheating last night’s leftovers quickly and easily, not for making a gourmet soufflé from scratch.

          Likewise, if you need to do coding, spreadsheets and project management, then a tablet is not the device you should be using, and doing so only to complain about it later makes you look silly.

      • Corrado
      • 8 years ago

      theres definitely a lack of quality apps, but flash and java work exceptionally well so that kind of mitigates the lack of apps in my book.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    I don’t think you’ll get one just by running over there – the website says store pickup is unavailable. My guess is that to fill all the orders they got online, they recalled or are otherwise shipping everything from the B&M stores.

    • RickyTick
    • 8 years ago

    Right now on Ebay, you can actually buy INFO on where to buy a Touchpad 16gb for less than $105. The info costs $5.50.

    Also, there are several brand new Touchpads recently posted on ebay. Let the bidding begin!! 🙂

    • yuriylsh
    • 8 years ago

    Well Scott, if you are still just “tempted” it might be too late 🙂 They are out of stock almost everywhere (at that price).

    I’ve ordered my 32GB version from HP, got the confirmation email, but it hasn’t shipped yet. This does not stop my wife from planning on how she’s gonna use it as a book reader… Maybe I should have picked two of them 😀

    Edit: it’s funny how when you call BB yesterday, some of the representatives greeted you with “Hello, HP TouchPads are out of stock. How can I help you?” 🙂

    • mcnabney
    • 8 years ago

    They sold out almost instantly. The Best Buys sold them all to the first person that walked in that morning. Expect to see them on eBay soon.

      • Corrado
      • 8 years ago

      that’s what ive been telling people. Wait 2 or 3 weeks and check craigslist and ebay. Theyll be on there still wrapped or barely used after people realize they dont want it.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    I picked up the 32gb. it’s EASILY worth the 149$. When touchdroid is running, you’ll be happy you did!

    if you want a review done, let me know!

    • burntham77
    • 8 years ago

    With the right amount of hacking, one could turn a 99 dollar tablet into a fairly workable color eReader.

      • codedivine
      • 8 years ago

      No hacking involved. It has a Kindle application and an IPS screen nearly identical to the iPad.

      • NeronetFi
      • 8 years ago

      The Android Community is already working hard on porting Android to the Touchpad. With the price drop to $99 I imagine more will be working on getting it done

    • redpriest
    • 8 years ago

    Ordered online via Barnes and Noble for $100. With the possibility of Android coming to the slate, it’s too good to pass up. And I say this owning 2 iPads already.

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