HP TouchPad webOS tablet slashed down to just $399


Yes! The great thing about competition is that all the different companies are fighting for your hard earned money. In the increasingly crowded markets for tablets, HP is apparently having some trouble getting enough attention, so they’ve dropped the price on the TouchPad down a solid one hundred dollars. Cheaper is good, right?

The entry-level HP TouchPad can now be had for just $399, rather than the $499 price point that it had at time of launch. This gets you the 16GB model. If you want 32GB, you’ll need to toss in an extra $100. In terms of price, this puts the TouchPad ahead of the Motorola Xoom, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and iPad, but just on par with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer (sans keyboard dock).

Remember that Acer also cut the price on its entry-level Iconia Tab down to $395 earlier this month, so it seems that the sub-$400 range is the current sweet spot. That’s cheaper than most of the newer (unlocked and unsubsidized) smartphones out there. I know there are a few options in the $299 range, but until these big players get down there, I’m thinking $399 is where it’s at for the next little while.

 


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why aren’t these IPad Killers selling, according to Geek/Nerds its Specs that people want and all except for a few of the Android and Webos Tablets are equal to or blowing away the IPad 2, I tested the TouchPad and it’s a nice tablet, I’ve tried many of the Android Tablets and without exception they all suck, I own a Evo 4G and with the upgrade to 2.3 the device is now useable, IceCream Sandwich may do for tablets what 2.3 did for Android Phones, if not I think you will see a lot of big names scale back or quit trying to make a competitive tablet to the IPad.

    • I believe it has to do with software and the availability of applications. ¬†There’s nearly EVERYTHING on the iPad and iPad 2, while Android is quickly catching up, its still not there in respects to variety and quality of offerings. ¬†

    • Agreed. It has to do with two things: a) marketing and b) apps. Apple has done a fantastic job of marketing itself, just as it did with the iPod. If you had any other MP3 player, many people would ask, “What kind of iPod is that?” It’s the same with Kleenex and Q-Tips. The second half is the apps. iOS has *way* more apps than any other platform and this lends itself to greater adoption, creating a self-perpetuating cycle. webOS is a great OS, but there just aren’t enough apps to compete.

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