The TouchPad is now gone, yet Hewlett-Packard is giving it a hell of a wake. HP has ripped the price of its $399 tablet computer to $99 after killing the product on Thursday, sparking a buying frenzy.
At last, an Apple competitor has established a price low enough to begin an online shopping stampede. It is bulkier than an iPad, the battery life is relatively poor, and it’s got just one camera – instead of two, but $99 bucks seems pretty good for everything with a 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor and an operating system with the ease of use and complexity of WebOS.
Do not do it, because tablets are all about apps. There are only few hundred apps available for the TouchPad, compared to some hundred thousand for the iPad and for rivals running Android. Worse yet, with HP killing its whole WebOS product line, so there is no reason to belive more are approaching.
That might not seem like a big deal. A few months from now, on the other hand, people will be talking about a new game or a new application. If you’ve got Apple’s iPad or an Android tablet like Acer’s Iconia and Toshiba’s Thrive, it is perhaps going to charge you just 99 cents to get it. If you’ve only got a TouchPad, you are going to have to buy a whole new tablet.