HP Touchpad Tablet

September 7, 2011

One thing I have covered much in our discussions of computer hardware are tablets. Admittedly I haven’t used them much and haven’t had a great desire to get one. With any purchase, you have to weigh the cost vs. the benefits you receive.

If you have been following technology news, you may have heard that Hewlett-Packard entered the tablet business with the Touchpad. It is the only tablet to use HP’s operating system, WebOS. It was priced similarly to other tablets and sales were fairly poor out of the gate. They lowered the price by $100 first as a weekend sale and then permanently. Sales improved slightly. Within two weeks, they killed the tablet and had a fire sale on them. As the price was as low as $99, they sold out very quickly. Supposedly the supply chain is making one last batch of them and they will also be sold at fire sale prices.

I think this brings up an interesting question to any of us. The price is certainly great. Yet it is a product that will have limited support going forward. It is also the only product on an operating system that has an unsure future. That could lead to a dead end going forward. Features like Web browsing should work well into the future. I’m sure some of the apps will also work for quite some time. So is it worth spending $99 for a tablet with a limited feature set, support and lifespan?

If I’m able to get one for $99, I will probably do it. I look at it as a chance to get introduced to a tablet at a bargain price. While I am using my bargain tablet, I can take my time looking at newer options to decide which one is the right one for me. For those of you who want to simply tell me to get an iPad, it isn’t going to happen until Apple supports Flash. That is an absolutely deal breaker for me.

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