How much did you pay for your tablet? If you picked up an HP TouchPad in the past day or so, you could have shaved anything up to $200 off the list price for the webOS slate, as HP and its retail partners kick off a round of aggressive discounting. It's a risky way to boost sales: the TouchPad is a mere month into the market and met with mixed reviews, and it would be easy to see this as HP's tablet project falling flat on its touchscreen face.
Tempted by that Woot $380 HP TouchPad deal we mentioned earlier today? There could be a way to get an even cheaper TouchPad, if you're near a Staples this weekend. The retailer has already dropped the TouchPad by $100 from August 5 to 7, but webOSroundup spotted a Fatwallet coupon that promises another $100 off again. That could bring the 16GB TouchPad down to just $299.99.
Discounts on HP's TouchPad tablet have been unavoidable this past week, and now Woot has slashed a full $120 off the sticker price of a new, 16GB model. On offer for one day only and while stocks last, it's the biggest cut we've seen to-date on the webOS tablet, itself only on sale for a little over a month.
All of you waiting for the right moment to grab HP's first big tablet effort in the HP TouchPad online, this might be that time. This is the 16GB version of the TouchPad, only the 16GB version mind you, not the 32GB version, that'll be getting a full $100 discount from it's full $499.99 price. This price drop will be taking place between the 5th and the 7th of this month, August 2011, and will afterward jump back up to full price. This combined with this week's webOS 3.0.2 update for tablet and it may be a deal you just HAVE to take advantage of.
HP's TouchPad didn't have to wait long before it was discounted; resellers like Amazon and Best Buy slashed $10 off the webOS slate's sticker price less than two weeks after it went on sale. Now HP has got in on the act, offering a $50 "instant rebate" - aka a discount - for online sales made before September 10. The price cut is unlikely to help speculation that sales have been underwhelming in the face of rivals like Apple's iPad 2.
As expected, HP has begun pushing out its OTA TouchPad update, bringing webOS 3.0.2 to the 9.7-inch tablet. The new firmware boosts performance and reliability, HP claims, in addition to boosting attachment rendering speed in the email app and tweaking how punctuation is automatically added in when you type words like "can't."
If you are a HP TouchPad owner that has been wondering where that WebOS update that was supposed to be here by the end of July, the wait might be over today. HP is supposedly set to start rolling out the update to all users. The tip that the update was starting the roll out today came via Twitter.
Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in the US, according to the latest Nielsen statistics, despite iOS not having the biggest share of the OS ecosystem. According to the stat company's June figures, iOS is running on 28-percent of smartphones, in second place behind Android with 39-percent. However, because multiple OEMs use Android, no single manufacturer has the scale to rival Apple.
Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, with global shipments up to 9.3m units according to the latest figures, though its percentage marketshare has declined by over 33-percent thanks to increasing competition from consumer-centric rivals. 61.3-percent of tablets sold worldwide run iOS, analysts Strategy Analytics calculate, with Android taking the lion's share of what remains, at 30.1-percent.
Amazon has finally released the much-anticipated Kindle app for the HP TouchPad, allowing owners of the 9.7-inch webOS slate to access their existing ebook library as well as purchase new titles. Fresh to the App Catalog, the new beta is so new that Amazon doesn't even list it on its Kindle app page yet.
HP's first flagship webOS smartphone, the Pre 3, which is oddly being released months after the HP Veer, is tipped to launch on July 21 on both Verizon and AT&T. That's only a week away, and now the company has updated their website to reveal a spec boost for the handset. This fuels rumors of a price bump and a possible delay until August.