HP is not only dumping the webOS TouchPad with massive price reductions, but our friend the Pre2 is also on fire sale. An unlocked (GSM) Pre2 smart phone is going for $50 at hp.com.
Why would anybody consider the Pre2 at this moment in time? Well, to be frank, we're probably not going to see the Pre3. I highly doubt there is even any Pre3 product in the pipeline (I could be wrong!). Plus, the Pre2 it is an awesome device! I would say that the Pre2 is everything that our original Pre phone was meant to be -- it's speedy, has voice dial, webOS2.x, solid construction.
The unlocked Pre2 will hook up with either AT&T or T-Mobile's networks.
Your best deal? Grab a Pre2 and use it with an unlimited T-Mobile Prepaid service. For $50/month, you get unlimited everything and you are not tied down to a 2-year contract. Check this link for tips on getting your Pre2 setup with T-Mobile.
In a stunning piece of irony, HP's move to kill off its webOS devices is actually bringing tens of thousands of new webOS users into the flock. If you are one of the new webOS TouchPad users, welcome!
Your new TouchPad is a little bulky and it loves fingerprints, but the engine that runs this baby is the absolute best mobile operating system on the planet. Yes, webOS is better than the iPad's iOS and Google's Android platforms.
We think you will quickly learn to love a few things about your new Touchpad:
- The ease of multitasking. webOS rules in this area. Sure, the others can multitask, but webOS does it so beautifully. You will love being able to quickly flip between open cards.
- Synergy. Got Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo, a business Exchange server or LinkedIn accounts? Got them all? webOS will weave them all together for you. All of your calendars in one place. All of your contacts synergized together in one place. It's a beautiful thing!
- Apps. Ok, we are a little lacking in the quantity of apps compared with the iPad and Android devices. And, to be honest, there are some glaring holes (i.e. Office document editing and remote desktop to name a few). But looking through the app catalog will yield some wonderful programs for your business productivity and entertainment. webOS has THE best Facebook app on the market. And if you manage a WordPress blog, webOS is the ONLY place for the official WordPress app. A few of the very first apps I downloaded were, Glimpse, USA Today, Angry Birds and RadioTime.
- Box.net. Heck, the price you just paid for your TouchPad is well worth the lifetime 50 Gig Box.net membership alone! Use it and feel great about this wonderful freebie!
Honestly, we're not sure about the future of webOS. Some say HP just killed it off. Others see HP's move as a positive step to attract a hardware suitor. Let's just say that the state of webOS is....uh, fuzzy. But we choose to live in the today. And today, thousands of new folks like yourself are holding a shiny new Touchpad that you picked at a breathtaking price. And really, that's a great thing.
Congratulations - and welcome to the webOS family!
HP is serious about cutting its ties with webOS hardware. Our friends at PreCentral.net are reporting that HP will be holding a Fire Sale on HP TouchPads this weekend, with 16GB TouchPads going for $99!
Ouch! That's less than the cost of a decent digital photo frame.The 32GB model will go for $150. No word on the mysterious 64GB model, which ironically appeared today on HP's website.
I think it's clear to say that nobody really knows what is going on at HP right now. Sales staff are caught off guard, Palm folks are shocked, the Pre3 is dead (if it ever existed) and Leo has already moved on as if this was all just a bump in the road.
Well, $99 for a TouchPad IS very tempting. I might pick up one for each of my kids.
What do you think? Is HP kicking sand in the faces of the early adopters?
Our friends at WebOSRoundup are citing reliable sources saying that AT&T has canceled all Pre3 orders effective immediately. If true, there may be no US release whatsoever of the promised Flagship webOS Smart Phone.
And, quite frankly, we wonder if there is even any product in the pipeline. Our guess is that HP was waiting to see how TouchPad would sell (not good), thus the continued news silence regarding the Pre3. As we near the end of August, there was still no release date nor mention from HP regarding the Pre3 in recent memory.
We certainly cannot blame AT&T for the cancellation. Why would they want to carry a product that will not be supported or promoted by HP?
As the shock begins the fade, we are starting to hear from writers in all corners expressing disillusionment and frustration at what appears to be total incompetence by the company that was to be the savior of our beloved webOS and Palm legacy.
From the investor side of things, Forbes is lamenting the $12 Billion in lost market valuation that HP has lost today alone. After yesterday's bombshell announcement, HP's stock has slid 20% and analysts across the board have cut their ratings on HP stock. The headline to Eric Savitz's article says it all, "HP…now Official Hated by Almost Everyone"
From the world of webOS fans, Derek Kessler of PreCentral.net has penned an article that precisely embodies the sentiments of those of us who have stuck with Palm and webOS all these years.
He summarizes, "HP, you botched almost everything you could possibly botch with webOS, and now when things didn't go as well as you would have liked – almost entirely because of your missteps – you give up. That's the mark of a really classy company right there."
His article is a must-read for all webOS fans (link below). I could not have said it any better myself.
Most of us in webOS world are still stunned and dazed by the abrupt dumping yesterday, where HP announced it was ceasing development of webOS devices. After purchasing Palm for $1+ Billion and promising to "double-down" on webOS, HP gave up just 6 months after announcing their flagship webOS product line up.
After bragging about how their retail prowess and strength as the world's largest PC and printer manufacturer would deliver a "better than best" lineup of devices, HP could not even physically deliver a device that had any chance whatsoever in the marketplace.
We're not sure what the future of webOS is at this point. In all honesty, I'm guessing HP is not even sure what its own future is. It seems as if they are purposefully ditching their status as hardware king to move to the cloud and application development. Ironic, isn't it? What Palm needed two years ago was a hardware hero.
webOS might still have a future, but probably not one worth waiting for. By the time the dust settles and any semblance of a game plan emerges, the world will have moved on. It's clear that HP's CEO has no patience or desire to make webOS succeed.
Now, some questions remain that need answers from HP.
- Will HP honor their promise of document editing and Citrix support for webOS?
- When exactly did HP decide to pull the plug? Was it before the faithful handed over $500 (full retail) for the new TouchPad? (I'm guess the answer is, unfortunately, yes).
- Will the Pre3 see the light of day? (doubtful)
- Whatever happened to the "thousands" of apps that HP said their internal folks had developed?
- Will HP fully support and honor their commitment to TouchPad owners with continued (promised) OTA updates?
Sadly, the summer of the webOS resurrection is over. We'll continue to report on webOS developments, always pathetically hopeful for some encouraging news.
Shocking news just arrived via the Business Wire. HP announces that it is shuttering webOS devices, including TouchPad and mobile phones.
The announcement comes as part of a major restructuring in HP, which may roll off it's personal computing division altogether.
We wrote a few weeks ago about our opinion that HP had essentially killed off webOS with it's sub-par release of the TouchPad. Now, our fears have come true. Granted, the press release only mentions current webOS DEVICES. But, right now, what else is there?
This story is developing. But it is surely a major blow to old Palm fans, webOS lovers and, not to mention, those who just shelled out $300-$700 for the latest TouchPad device, which was release less than 50 days ago.
[Source: Business Wire]
Well, that didn't last long! Yesterday, HP announced new pricing for their shiny, new webOS tablet devices. Both the 16gig and 32gig models have been reduced by $100. This is a permanent reduction – not a sale price.
That puts the 16gig model at $399 and the 32gig at $499.
That sound you hear is webOS fans saying "finally!"
As wonderful a device as the TouchPad is, it's never been on the same footing as the iPad2. It's heavier, bulkier, has a fraction of the apps (including some glaring omissions), and still not quite ready for primetime. The first OTA update fixed several issues, but a few still linger. My TouchPad, to selfishly use my own example, has to be rebooted at least once a day because the sound stops working.
The $399 price point makes it much easier for people to get into the webOS eco-system. And that is a good thing! We applaud HP for having the guts to make this pricing decision – one that lots of webOS lovers were clamoring for to begin with.
Our Take: HP's eyes must have been opened last weekend when product began moving off the shelves with the HP $100 discount. If they are serious about webOS, then they HAVE to get the product into the hands of the consumers.
[Source: HP's Stephen DiFranco]
Are you one of the folks who bought a TouchPad before the big discounting frenzy? HP has $50 for you, in the form of credits to the App Store.
You should receive an email from HP this week. However, you can go ahead and verify your credits by simply logging into your Palm Profile.
- Click here to log into your webOS account.
- After logging in you should see verification of your $50 credit at the bottom of the page.
- That long string of characters – that's your promo code. Use that when purchasing your webOS apps.
Now go get 'em!
Over the weekend, Amazon added the upcoming 4G version of the webOS TouchPad. This 32GB device has no shipping date yet, but is expected by the end of the month and will run on the AT&T network. The price tag for the privledge of TouchPad mobility? $699 (plus monthly rates from AT&T).
As with the heavy discounting of the original TouchPads, you can expect heavy & and fast markdowns of this device as well. We're guessing there will be a very nice carrier-subsidized deal with this device a few weeks from launch.