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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No, it isn't.
by leos on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 22:52 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

The TouchPad's $99 price is a sign of things to come for the tablet market.

Yeah sure. The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss. By that brilliant reasoning the future of the car market is also Porsches for $5000. Just think of how many they could sell!

By the way, I bought a touchpad last night on impulse. Even if Android is never ported, for $100 it'll be a nice web browsing machine for a year and then a nice platform for some sort of tech project. Can't go wrong.

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RE: No, it isn't.
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 22:53 in reply to "No, it isn't."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss.


No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.

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RE[2]: No, it isn't.
by leos on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:08 in reply to "RE: No, it isn't."
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss.


No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.
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Nope. You can already get tablets for close to $100, and the realities of hardware costs means they are total crap. Resistive touch screens, completely out of date processors, insufficient ram, and a hastily slapped on Android that's likely out of date and buggy.

You're dreaming if you think we're ever going to get a tablet that can compete with iPad/Xoom/Galaxy class products for $100.

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RE[2]: No, it isn't.
by Joy_Division_Lives! on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 14:33 in reply to "RE: No, it isn't."
Joy_Division_Lives! Member since:
2011-07-29

The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss....

No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.


The only reason that people are buying the Touchpad is that they are getting a tablet that cost $324.00 to manufacture at $99.00.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal-tech/tablets/231001092

Would these same people buy a tablet whose parts and quality were around $99.00? And...I doubt manufacturers are willing to take a $225.00 + loss per unit on their tablets.

If I was Samsung, RIM or any other tablet manufacturer (Apple excluded, of course), this would depress the hell out of me. It's the "champagne tastes, beer wallet" syndrome at play. In addition, HP just impacted their sales for this Q, at the very least.

There is no tablet market...just an iPad market.

Edited 2011-08-23 14:37 UTC

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