Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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Bummed to see this now
by WorknMan on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:27 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

This news would've been great had you guys posted it a couple of days ago when they dropped the price, instead of today, when they're already sold out everywhere.

As for laptop vs tablet, I already have a desktop, so I'd much rather have a tablet more than a laptop for the few times I do travel. As for high demand for cheap tablets, how come nobody picked up those cheap $100-$200 iPad knockoffs that came out before Honeycomb was released? Oh yeah, that's right... because they were all pieces of shit, with the possible exception of the Nook Color, which wasn't exactly a tablet to begin with.

If phones running these kinds of specs cost $500-$600, I'm not sure why you think somebody can make a tablet (with an even bigger screen) and sell it for $200 less, and have it not suck. Possibly the only company that could do it is Apple, since nobody else makes money off of app sales, but Apple sure as hell won't do it, so long as people are always lined up to purchase an iPad.

Edited 2011-08-22 21:37 UTC

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RE: Bummed to see this now
by fretinator on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:30 in reply to "Bummed to see this now"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I've checked, and the internet is open on week-ends.

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RE[2]: Bummed to see this now
by spiderman on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 06:18 in reply to "RE: Bummed to see this now"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

But we do not all have a server farm with spiders crawling the web continuously. Some of us kind of rely on OSNews OSS feed to get interesting news.
I know Tom is not paid for this so I forgive him but I would like to get back in time just one day and have my Touchpad for €70.

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RE: Bummed to see this now
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:47 in reply to "Bummed to see this now"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

This news would've been great had you guys posted it a couple of days ago when they dropped the price, instead of today, when they're already sold out everywhere.


Yeah I know but I've pretty much just emerged from a masters thesis-induced coma. Back in the real world now. Done with university. FOREVAR.

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RE[2]: Bummed to see this now
by clasqm on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 22:48 in reply to "RE: Bummed to see this now"
clasqm Member since:
2010-09-23

Forever, Thom? Give it a year, then you'll start thinking how "Dr Holwerda" has such a nice ring to it ...

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RE[2]: Bummed to see this now
by vitae on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:25 in reply to "RE: Bummed to see this now"
vitae Member since:
2006-02-20

Congrats.

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RE[2]: Bummed to see this now
by WorknMan on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 01:13 in reply to "RE: Bummed to see this now"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Yeah I know but I've pretty much just emerged from a masters thesis-induced coma. Back in the real world now. Done with university. FOREVAR.


Hey that's alright, Thom. Now that you're out of school, I bet we can look forward to an assload of more patent-related articles ;)

PS: Why can't you guys use the f**king 'quote' tag like every other bulletin board system instead of 'q', or at least make both work.

Edited 2011-08-23 01:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Bummed to see this now
by kristianhk on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 09:20 in reply to "RE: Bummed to see this now"
kristianhk Member since:
2009-06-08

Congrats, I'll hopefully be done myself, in a few months. Just have to stop surfing on OSnews, I guess ;)

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RE: Bummed to see this now
by zima on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 22:56 in reply to "Bummed to see this now"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

If phones running these kinds of specs cost $500-$600, I'm not sure why you think somebody can make a tablet (with an even bigger screen) and sell it for $200 less, and have it not suck.

In other words, a matter of a year or so, tops. And who knows what Amazon might unveil soon... (especially since they won't be afraid to make up the cost on media they will sell)

Check out, say, ZTE Blade; what can be had, since the beginning of this year, in a phone factor for half of the price you quote. And while tablet factor makes for more materials, more expensive screen and battery ...some thing are probably easier, cheaper (no need for such extreme miniaturisation)

But overall, it would be still to much duplication for my taste; too close to smartphones. So I wouldn't be surprised at all if we'll eventually settle on "small tablets" or "large smartphones" (without their presently silly premiums), just one device (which would also finally give real purpose to Bluetooth headsets ;) )

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RE: Bummed to see this now
by bnolsen on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 00:26 in reply to "Bummed to see this now"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

The cheap chinese knockoffs right now have super crap resolutions (800x480) and resistive screens. Cheap soc's however are getting better, the newer ones put the performance in the ipad1 range.

The 16GB version of the Touchpad is estimated $296 in quality materials. Totally different class of machine.

I think right now the LCD and touch screen dominate the costs, which of course is where the chinese tablets fail in providing the price.

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RE: Bummed to see this now
by unclefester on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 05:55 in reply to "Bummed to see this now"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

If phones running these kinds of specs cost $500-$600, I'm not sure why you think somebody can make a tablet (with an even bigger screen) and sell it for $200 less, and have it not suck. Possibly the only company that could do it is Apple, since nobody else makes money off of app sales, but Apple sure as hell won't do it, so long as people are always lined up to purchase an iPad.


You obviously know nothing about economics.

Most products retail for at least 10-20 times the manufacturing cost.

Those $500 phones almost certainly have a unit manufacturing cost of <<$50 each.

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RE[2]: Bummed to see this now
by kristoph on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 06:01 in reply to "RE: Bummed to see this now"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

You obviously know nothing about economics.

Most products retail for at least 10-20 times the manufacturing cost.

Those $500 phones almost certainly have a unit manufacturing cost of


You do understand that the reason why HP is getting out of the TouchPad and the desktop PC business (which they currently dominate) is because the margins are like minuscule (5% at best).

Sure, premium clothing and accessories might sell for 10-20 their manufacturing cost but consumer electronics never had these type of margins.

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RE: Bummed to see this now
by Yoko_T on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 22:42 in reply to "Bummed to see this now"
Yoko_T Member since:
2011-08-18

This news would've been great had you guys posted it a couple of days ago when they dropped the price, instead of today, when they're already sold out everywhere.

As for laptop vs tablet, I already have a desktop, so I'd much rather have a tablet more than a laptop for the few times I do travel. As for high demand for cheap tablets, how come nobody picked up those cheap $100-$200 iPad knockoffs that came out before Honeycomb was released? Oh yeah, that's right... because they were all pieces of shit, with the possible exception of the Nook Color, which wasn't exactly a tablet to begin with.

If phones running these kinds of specs cost $500-$600, I'm not sure why you think somebody can make a tablet (with an even bigger screen) and sell it for $200 less, and have it not suck. Possibly the only company that could do it is Apple, since nobody else makes money off of app sales, but Apple sure as hell won't do it, so long as people are always lined up to purchase an iPad.


You're wrong because nobody in their right mind is going to buy something off the internet from an outfit they've never heard of before, especially it's hyped by people they know absolutely nothing about.

Can you say Ebay Scam? Most Likely.

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