I'm still scratching my head with the recent decision on dropping the touchpad. Yes, everyone has voiced their opinion and has stated that the touchpad didn't sell and the only reason why it sold was due to the ultra low price... yada yada yada
Reality is, there is a massive back-order at every large distribution center I have called. We're talking tens of thousands of units on back order *at each location*, and yet these centers will only be able to allocate between 2k - 5k. I have confirmed this myself!
I am baffled that HP will have the 2nd place in tablet computing (albeit far from apple, but it's still a commanding lead over every other manufacturer), they've also now received a huge demand for more tablets (far more than they can manufacture), and yet they still want to drop it?
With such a huge demand for their device, they're already calling it a loss, so why not make it a better loss by putting more of your webos devices in consumer's hands so developers will see that there is a reason to continue working on developing apps?
HP could make back a good portion of their losses through app sales and also through accessory sales. Sure, it may not add up to their total losses, but if they're not marketing this, they should consider using marketing dollars on building more units at this price than to advertise them. The advertisement is now done in the news with HP's killer price and demand - no need to spend all that money on Manny Pacquiao.
Look, I was hesitant to purchase the touchpad at first. I didn't see a need for it. I also was waiting for the smaller 7" Opal as I thought that would be a better fit for me to lug around. Now that I have the Touchpad, I love using it. Sure it has it's quirks, but I'm sure they'll be ironed out within time (I'm not holding my breath on the calendar fix though). I'm glad I was able to get one. I only wish everyone could have one to experience this.
I've had friends and family asking me how I got one and how they could get one. Quite frankly, I don't think they'll ever get one since the only people who seem to be buying these are those who are placing massive quantity orders and reselling them at a higher price on ebay. (I'm really not a fan of that)
I truly wish HP would retract their statement and continue making touchpads. I bet HP could place 2-4 million touchpads in the hands of consumers if they just priced it right. That would far surpass any android tablet and surely bring developers on board in massive quantities.
Now if only they could do something similar with a new phone....