10/24/2011, 09:33 PM
(I blogged this and wanted to share) I'm scouring the TouchPad here @ PreCentral forums for tips, tricks, etc. from the best webOS community. Really liking the TouchPad with some tips you guys have posted. Thanks for helping make it a better tablet!!
Itís pretty sad that something/someone must retire, pass on, etc. before people realize that there was some huge potential that was somehow overlooked. Case in point. Today I received the $150 32GB HP webOS TouchPad that I had purchased in August during HPís unloading and erasing the memory of the TouchPad. The 32GB TouchPad originally retailed @ the same price the iPad 2 retails for ($599). I called it a mistake when I reviewed the TouchPad, and thought the TouchPad would make a killing at a lower price. I was right.
HP made a huge mistake and now itís pretty clear that the TouchPad could easily make a killing in the low-end tablet market. Why not go that route for now? Sometimes success doesnít happen overnight. Ask Steve Jobs! I guarantee if HP came out with a higher end tablet that more closely completes with the iPad 2 it might have a chance. The tablet version of webOS needed some time to grow and work out the bugs, developers had already begun to create amazing apps that many customers wanted and would have been both successful for the Developer as well as HP and webOS, but HP killed what could have been a success because itís first foray in a market it clearly could not compete against Apple at the same retail prices was a mistake by HP. Unfortunately HP got blinded by what they might potentially lose and decided to throw webOS out with the bathwater, so to speak. Itís a shame. As I am playing around with the TouchPad I wish HP could see what I still could see in webOS and how close to it being ďmagicalĒ could have been.
The reason I received the TouchPad months after I purchased it was because HP had to build brand new TouchPads in order to fill the orders it received after it killed off the tablet. If HP doesn't take this as a huge hint of the potential or possibly ruling the low-end tablet market, it will continue to make poor decisions. Hey at least poor decisions is something HP is very good at making.