Last week, HP didn’t seem capable of selling any of its HP TouchPad tablets. The HP TouchPad is the antithesis of the PlayBook or the Xoom,
which were both initially released with major features missing. Now the device has become the hottest consumer electronics product
almost overnight, and all it took was a combination of HP shutting down production of the TouchPad.
At the moment,Amazon.com is showing that the 16 GB and 32 GB versions of the HP TouchPad are the retailers number one and number two best selling electronics products.There’s room for improvement—a wider app selection and a rear-facing camera would’ve been nice—but the TouchPad offers a more enjoyable user experience than any of the current wave of Android Honeycomb tablets. It’s no iPad, but it’s the best non-Apple tablet we’ve seen yet.
HP also made the decision to give people who bought the TouchPad before Thursday a way to either get the price difference paid back or even get a full refund. Engadget is also reporting that UK residents will also get access to the same fire sale prices for the TouchPad. The tablets were the top-selling electronic item on the online retail giant Amazon and in the largest US electronic retailer Best Buy as the selling price was slashed from 399 dollars to 99 dollars.
the TouchPad is the first tablet we’ve tested built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 1.2GHz processor. All Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets thus far have used Nvidia’s dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2. At 1.2GHz, the Qualcomm processor is more powerful in theory.
The tablet computers are powered by HP’s webOS operating system, which has been overshadowed by Apple’s iOS–powered iPads and numerous other tablet computers running Google’s Android operating system.
“Due to the significant price reduction, we experienced overwhelming demand for the product and are temporarily out of inventory,” a notice on HP’s online shopping site said.