HP's Bryna Corcoran has been a tweeting machine this week. As HP's Social Media Manager, she's been keeping folks abreast on the latest TouchPad fire sale news.
Earlier today, she announced some reassuring news for folks who lost out on the $99 TouchPad Sale. Stay tuned because more webOS TouchPad stock is going to be available any day now!
According to International Business Times, Best Buy has been boxing up and shipping their TouchPad inventory back to HP. So this is possibly a result of that shift in inventory. Other retailers may get more product in, however, it sounds like the best bet will be to monitor HP's website and follow BrynaAtHP over the next few days. Good luck!
[Source: BrynaAtHP and International Business Times]
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?
Cringing at that $499 Touchpad purchase now that your friends are picking it up for $299 this weekend at Staples? HP has a little something to ease the your webOS pain.
HP announced yesterday on thier Palm Blog that early adopters of the Touchpad (purchased between July 1 and August 4) can expect a $50 credit for the webOS App Catalog. Watch your inbox for details sometime next week. This is on top of the $50 rebate that users who went for the 32 gig model will receive.
The credits are good through December 31, 2011. Thanks HP -- this is a nice touch! Plus, it is a win-win for the webOS eco-system. Users get to test out apps that maybe they would never have purchased. And webOS developers have a little more incentive to release some new apps to the marketplace to grab up some of this free app-credit cash.
Now, all we need are some great apps to spend our money on! Here's hoping for some document editing, remote login and a decent weather app. Oh, and maybe a Bible app with modern translations that can be used offline. We'd gladly pay for those apps -- free credits or not.
The app provides a comprehensive drug information database for medical professionals.
“Our webOS app for TouchPad provides clinicians a larger, tablet sized view for easily viewing our drug information resources and especially specific content areas like charts and special topics,” says Steven Kerscher, Lexicomp’s Vice President and General Manager. “The HP TouchPad also offers unique user interface features, such as multi-tasking and card stacking - which are not available on other platforms.”
This is a tough post to write.
After years of being a fan of Palm (Palm Pilot, Treo600, Treo650, Pre-Minus, Pre-Plus, Pre2), and months of buying into the "coming months" dream, I'm sadly shedding my "fanboy" skin.
It is clear that HP can not deliver a timely, quality webOS product that can survive in the marketplace.
Don't get me wrong, webOS is THE BEST mobile operating system. The homebrew community is awesome. But it is clear to me now that HP cannot deliver.
I purchase a 16 Gig HP Touchpad last week. Tonight, I will be sending it back. Bottom line – there is NO compelling reason to keep it. In fact, there is NOTHING that the TouchPad can do that my Pre2 smartphone can already do. Actually, to be brutally honest, my Pre2 does much more.
Now, I'm not a guy who is really complaining about the hardware. I don't have a problem with the size or weight of the tablet, and I don't care that it only has 1 camera (I'm not going to be taking pictures with it). That never has been an issue for me (although it is a legitimate concern for others).
What has put me over the edge are the things that the device cannot do. Here are just a few of my frustrations:
- I can't read books on the TP
- NetFlix is not supported
- There is no remote desktop application, like LogMeIn or Go2MyPC (or even Splashtop)
- I can't edit Word and Excel documents
- I can't view PowerPoint presentations
- Frequently, I have to exit and restart the email app in order for message bodies to display
- There are no webOS 3 streaming music apps. The Slacker Radio app has even been removed from my TouchPad.
- The Touchpad mysteriously reboots a couple times each day.
- Fingerprints. I didn't want to be that guy who complained about the finger prints. But good grief, it's disgusting!
- Missing Accessories. I can't even spend my hard-earned money to purchase a carrying case or charging dock for the TouchPad. For all the talk of HP's magical retail delivery strength, they can't even supply a protective case (add-on sale!) to retailers for their flagship device.
- Sluggishness. I've overlooked this issue because of a promise from HP that an upcoming update will fix it. But, honestly, I don't believe HP anymore.
Yes, I know that most of these issues are simply "apps" that haven't been developed yet. But still…why should we set our expectations so low? Why should we display such low self-esteem as to accept a $500 product that can't even display an eBook at launch?! I will no longer buy a webOS product with the knowledge that I have to wait for it to be minimally functional. That is unacceptable behavior for webOS lovers.
And then there are the features that are cool, but not really useful to me.
- Beats Audio system sounded like it was going to be really cool. But, honestly, can anybody really tell the difference? Unfortunately, I've found the volume level to be less than the competitors.
- Touch-To-Share will be a cool feature. But, then again, in all honesty, I can't really see myself being so excited about a webpage that I am viewing on my tablet that I need to have it transferred immediately to my phone.
- Receiving Texts and Phone calls. This is actually a cool feature, and I've used it. But I can live without.
After a week of spending time with the TouchPad (that sounds awkward!), I'm left asking myself these questions:
- What has HP been doing since February? We were reminded (time and time again) that they had the resources, money, and manpower to make webOS succeed. Well…what exactly have they been doing? Do you mean to tell me that, in six months, HP could not convince NetFlix, Amazon, LogMeIn, B&N, QuickOffice, Slacker, Pandora – heck even the talented developer who gave us pReader – to develop simple apps for the thing?
- Did anybody at HP actually USE the device during development? Was anybody asking questions like, "why is this a fingerprint magnet?", or "why does this reboot twice each day?"
- What happened to HP's retail strength? We've been told all along about how HP would rule retail. Today, at Best Buys across the country, there are empty TouchPad display cases, sluggish display devices, unpowered display devices, and an uninformed sales force.
So, what's next for me? I'm sending the TouchPad back. That's regrettable because I really, really wanted webOS to shine!
I do love my webOS Pre2 device, but I no longer have any faith that HP can keep the OS alive. It will not gain any traction or marketshare. I'm convinced of this now.
And, I would to sell this domain (webOSCenter.com). If you are interested, please send me an offer at email@example.com.
How about an app that is available FIRST for webOS? Well, WordPress has released an administrative app designed for blog owners. They say it is designed to enable you to switch between creating, editing, and managing your blog content.
We've followed some blogs today that are whining that WordPress chose to release this new, beautiful (and useful) app for webOS. We're sure that WordPress saw a great opportunity to utilize the open architecture of webOS to release a compelling product just in time for today TouchPad launch.
It's just another great way to demonstrate that the TouchPad is to be USED, and not just played with. Great job WordPress!
As an aside, there is another great WordPress admin app already on the market called Poster. It is a wonderful tool for managing multiple WordPress blogs using your Palm Pre device. Check it out also!
Grapple Mobile is a top-dog mobile application developer. Today, they announced a "development agreement" with HP to help their clients develop apps for the webOS Touchpad device.
The press release is full of vague corporate-speak, but it's a good sign that HP is reaching out to top-notch developers for help in creating apps for our beloved webOS. Now, I'm reading between the lines here, but it sounds like this agreement is basically saying that Grapple will help their existing clients port their existing applications over to webOS. Nothing earth-shaking here, but at least a step in the right direction.
We'll soon see how and if this agreement pays off!
[Source: PR Newswire]
Gotta love webOS fans.
Earlier this week Amazon setup a placeholder page for the upcoming HP Touchpad. Well, actually it's a little more than a placeholder -- there are specs, photos and an option for folks to signup for product notification.
Funny thing is that our HP Touchpad, which isn't due out for some unknown number of months, already is sporting 7 product reviews and a perfect 5-star rating from some anxious webOS fans!
Not much else to see there. But it's nice to see the TouchPad showing up in retail setting.
[Source: Amazon.com ]
Well, we've been wondering when this exchange would occur.
HP's Jon Oakes (director of product marketing for the TouchPad) says, "From what we've seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities. It's a fast innovation cycle and a fast imitation cycle in this market, so we just know that we have the creative engine here to continue to build on what we have, and we'll keep innovating, we'll keep honing and those guys hopefully will continue to see the value in it and keep following us by about a year."
What he is referring to is the uncanny resemblance of Blackberry's upcoming Playbook UI with our beloved webOS, which has been around since 2009.
RIM's response? "…we set out from the ground up to define a user experience that we felt would delight our customers, and we landed in a place that may look like other competitive devices"
In other words, "Big deal – webOS is the best user interface and we agree." (my interpretation!)
The problem for HP is this – Blackberry's Playbook is set to arrive in stores starting next month (April 10), while HP's TouchPad is still vacationing in a summer release date. Consumer opinion is all that really matters. HP risks being seen be the marketplace as the imitator, not the innovator. Ouch!
Let's hope that HP has a great marketing plan that communicates the strengths of webOS over the competition – and not just talk about their "Beats" audio system and "Touch to Share."