Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ars Technica is reporting that US Retailer Best Buy has been able to sell less than 10% of the TouchPad tablets that it ordered from HP, and now wants HP to take them back. Similarly, deal-a-day site Woot offered TouchPads at a very aggressive price, and only managed to sell 612 of them. This is for a site that often sells out goofy tech widgets in hours. When the TouchPad was gearing up for release, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest among geeks. Is it just that it hasn't resonated the same way with the general public, or have people just been disappointed once they've put their hands on one?
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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by leos on Thu 18th Aug 2011 01:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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"I have yet to see a tablet that competes with the iPad 1, despite it's limitations.

Two words: Asus Transformer.

I've commented to this effect in other threads, so I'll keep this brief. I had an iPad, I got tired of it's limitations, it's not adequate for replacing a computer for any of my portable needs.

I heard the Asus Transformer is good, but it wouldn't come anywhere close to replacing a laptop. No closer than the iPad does. The iPad at least does not pretend to try to replace a computer.

So I can type on a real keyboard on the Asus. Great, that's nice but it doesn't come close to the utility of a laptop. I can't run Word, I can't run Outlook, I can't program, I can't run any of the software I need at work. So it still is no replacement for a laptop and it's bigger, bulkier, and more fragile than a one-piece design. Given I still need my laptop I would much rather have an iPad in addition than an Asus Transformer.

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