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: Come On,People...
by deathshadow on Thu 18th Aug 2011 03:06 UTC in reply to "Come On,People..."
deathshadow
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2005-07-12

That was part of my point up above -- when I can get a 1.6ghz Atom powered 10.1" netbook with a 250 gig hard drive and a gig of RAM for $250, what the devil is making these crappy little 1.2ghz ARM powered devices with the same RAM (or sometime half) and a crappy little 16 gig SSD (a $50 part if that) come in at $400?!? I can aftermarket mod a netbook to have a touchscreen, twice as big a SSD and flip the panel around and STILL come out under-price.

Not that I would -- I like having the screen propped up by the bottom half of a laptop when lying down so I can use my trackball with it without the hassle of reaching over to the screen. That's what I really don't get -- it's a much more inconvenient form factor (for me at least), and no keyboard just makes it a toy. MAYBE if they build one with two displays that hinged in the middle so you could hold it like a book in the crook of your thumb. I tried out the apple one and these oven mitts I have for hands can't even hold onto the bugger... Probably why I'm not a big fan of todays phones either. Stuff's getting so small it's like it's designed for a five year old -- and someone who's only 5'4" tall should NOT have to be saying that.

Type of thing that in a year or two should end up in the sock drawer next to the AMD Geode powered thin client, the Atari Portfolio, and that Altoids Mint tin from 1984.

Edited 2011-08-18 03:11 UTC

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RE[2]: Come On,People...
by leos on Thu 18th Aug 2011 03:31 in reply to "RE: Come On,People..."
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2005-09-21

That was part of my point up above -- when I can get a 1.6ghz Atom powered 10.1" netbook with a 250 gig hard drive and a gig of RAM for $250, what the devil is making these crappy little 1.2ghz ARM powered devices with the same RAM (or sometime half) and a crappy little 16 gig SSD (a $50 part if that) come in at $400?!? I can aftermarket mod a netbook to have a touchscreen, twice as big a SSD and flip the panel around and STILL come out under-price.


Uh.. 10 hour battery life vs 2. Capacitative touch screen. Thinner, lighter. 2 cameras. Way better graphics chips than in that POS netbook.
The market has shown the iPad isn't really overpriced. If it was, we'd have a dozen Android tablets with the same specs for cheaper right now.

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