I had been watching webOS since it came out, and I was always really excited about it but I wasn't in the market for a smartphone until around the Pre2 era, which is the same time as Android got really popular. Also, webOS was on only 1 carrier in Canada, so a webOS phone just didn't make sense for me.
As soon as the TouchPad was announced, I was very excited - Finally a chance to try webOS with its awesome card system on a device that I can buy without worrying about carriers. After it came out, I waited for the reviews to roll it, which were reasonably positive, and then after I heard about 3.0.2, I decided it was time to buy. Even better, HP dropped the price of the 16 GB model to $400, which to me showed that they were serious about building a userbase that would let them compete with Apple. So I bought it for $400, and would have been completely happy paying that much for it.
A few days later, they announced it was discontinued, then boom: firesale. Let me say that again: I would have been 100% satisfied with my Touchpad having paid full price for it.
I did go back and price match the Touchpad after the firesale because it's silly to turn down free money, but I think it's incredibly foolish that HP did such a thing.
Just wanted to throw my story out there. I waited so long to try webOS, finally got a wicked webOS device, am 100% satisfied with it (was even seriously considering developing apps for it), then boom, discontinued.
If you tried to set fire to 1 billion dollars in cash, I'm sure the government would throw you in jail or an insane asylum. And when HP decided to give up on webOS and firesaled the Touchpad, they completely decimated the value of a tremendous amount of intellectual property and a growing brand. That Leo Apotheker could get away with this kind of economic treason is incomprehensible for me.