Touchpads and eReaders have become a hot item in the electronics market. eReaders have been around for a while, but it wasn’t until the iPad came out that everyone started talking. At first, people really weren’t sure what to make of them. You could do all the things that you could on a normal touch device, but you couldn’t make calls. Since then, people have begun to understand that this piece of technology is a huge step into the figure of computing hardware.
Now, there are many tablets, touchpads, ereaders, or whatever you want to call them. Not every foray into this market has been successful though, and Hewlett-Packard is completely abandoning it’s Touchpad device after terrible sales. It seems though, this cancellation of the product has created a boom in sales as the last remaining HP Touchpads are grabbed up before they’re all gone.
Hewlett-Packard’s Touchpad is a big hit right now, mainly in the UK. It’s the most wanted gadget on the market. This has less to do with the quality of the product and more to do with the massively discounted price of one hundred dollars. That’s just in America. In the UK, the price is around 89 pounds. This is a big cut from last week when buying one meant you’d have to shell out five hundred dollars. As soon as this announcement was made, you couldn’t keep these devices on the shelves. This is a big difference from a few weeks ago when companies like Best Buy, and other retailers, were asking HP to take the Touchpad back due to lack of sales.
It’s still not exactly clear as to why the Touchpad device was so unpopular. You’re still able to browse the Internet, run different apps, make a phone number lookup, and pretty much everything else you’d want out of a table device. Perhaps, there were just too many options on the market. Either way, HP isn’t totally abandoning its customers and announced that it plans to continue to develop apps and software for the WebOS platform that the Touchpad runs on. It’s not clear if this will be done given that HP said that they’d “look for ways” to do this. There exists the possibility that they could abandon the Touchpad entirely. This remains to be seen.
Many retailers began raising the price of the Touchpads back up to a more profitable figure, but people are still buying the few remaining devices. In some instances, people have bought them and turned around and sold them on the Internet at a huge markup, albeit still cheaper than the asking price of 500 dollars. Even with this huge discount, it’s unclear if this is a deal for consumers at all.
At this point, even if HP does honor its commitment to its customers, it’s highly unlikely that independent developers will create apps and software for the Touchpad. There’s not a lot of incentive to create programs for a defunct piece of machinery. It’s possible that many of the people currently gobbling up the remaining devices aren’t getting a great deal as much as they’re buying a very expensive paperweight.