HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

Summary: The TouchPad is now available for pre-order on the HP web site, which confirms details about the company's first webOS tablet. Retail outlets selling the tablet show a big presence for the webOS tablet at launch.

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HP has taken its time to get the TouchPad to market after hosting a huge press event back in February. Hopefully the company has taken the time to get the tablet ready as it has a big task ahead to take on the iPad and all of the Android tablets coming to market. The TouchPad is now available for pre-order on the HP web site, which confirms details about the company's first webOS tablet.

As expected the TouchPad is available with Wi-Fi only in two configurations. The 16GB model is $499 and the 32GB version is $599 which puts it on a price level with the iPad. Anxious customers can order the TouchPad directly from HP or from HP's retail partners revealed in the image below. Partners include all of the expected players, including budget shops Sams and Costco. It is clear HP is not fooling around with the retail launch of the TouchPad tablet. No expected shipping date is given by HP for pre-orders.

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  • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

    Ouch! Well I guess this has good a shot as anything, but I think the pricing is foolish. The iPad has a massive lead in terms of applications and mindshare. I think a lower price point would have helped a lot.

    Still I'm very excited to see this beast.
    jeremychappell
    • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

      @jeremychappell <br>nt
      rikasa
      • iPads run for 3-4 days on a charge..

        @rikasa under regular use.. what is the point of replaceable battery given that kind of battery life.. I'll tell you .. NONE.. complete non-issue..
        doctorSpoc
      • Also, iPad is 3-4 times faster in graphics, 9 times faster in vFPU, and it

        @rikasa: ... has IPS screen, and its layers are glued together to fight parasitic refraction. Plus, 90 000 apps comparing to almost nothing.
        DDERSSS
    • Yawn!

      @jeremychappell
      kd5auq
      • battery life replaceable battery

        @doctorSpoc
        The point is not how long it lasts from day to day, but how much it costs to replace the battery when it's shot and whether it's user replaceable or NOT.
        bunkport
      • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

        @bunkport I would suspect that very few of those that ever bring up replaceable battery every look at it from the same perspective that you do, they only look at it from the Apple doesn't have it perspective. Based on past experience with iOS devices the battery isn't going to be an issue for at least a few years. At that point (based on current prices) I can have it replaced professionally by Apple for $99, problem solved and for not much, if any, more than a second replaceable battery of decent quality.
        non-biased
    • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

      @jeremychappell

      I'm sure HP will discount for businesses that purchase in mass quantities. I'd like to see a package deal with the new Palm Pre3.
      mschafer555
  • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

    I definitely think that the TouchPad has huge potential. I see two issues at launch.

    First, what is the App arena look like for the TouchPad? If the apps aren't in place, then I am better off sticking with my 3.7" smart-phone, regardless of the obvious screen size impediment.

    Second, and somewhat related to the first, if the price is the same as the iPad, what incentive will the average shopper have to go with HP instead of Apple, especially since iOS 5 will soon eliminate the need to run iTunes on a PC to maintain the iPad (the biggest drawback to an iPad in my opinion).

    The possible benefit that HP has is that it is going through major retail channels and has less pricing restriction than Apple (something that I have often thought could be argued an anti-trust issue, but that is a separate discussion). The "sale price" may be what gives the TouchPad a real shot at competing.
    jglopic
    • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

      @jglopic [i]...has less pricing restriction than Apple (something that I have often thought could be argued an anti-trust issue, but that is a separate discussion). [/i]
      Bose is also very restrictive on their pricing, have you called them out and argued it being an anti-trust issue?
      non-biased
  • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

    Is anyone holding their breath in anticipation?
    sundayniagara
  • Some general thoughts on comments so far...

    Re: Pricing-
    Pricing is certainly a concern. What is the added value to compete with the market leader is an important question. That it's "not Apple" is not enough to make much difference in the real world. I suspect HP has the muscle to compete in price if it has the desire, but that won't be successful unless there's a reason to buy a TouchPad. Another cost factor I don't see considered is that most iPad licenses cover multiple devices.

    Re: Performance -
    Touting comparative performance metrics that do not even apply to the unreleased device not only is disingenuous but meaningless. AMD chips typically perform compatibly with higher powered Intels. Palm devices commonly outperformed WinCE devices that had twice the power on paper. Even going back as far as the 80's, less powerful Mac's could outperform PC's. Hey, it was even true with "less powerful" iPads compared to more powerful Androids. It's the whole package and how it performs in the real world that will matter. Talk performance when there's something to actually compare.

    Re: Applications:
    90K apps is pretty meaningless from a practical perspective -- in fact the resultant signal-to-noise ratio actually makes it harder to find good quality. Also, when I search for the software /I/ need, results typically don't exceed two digits, often only dozen or so, and even there often copycats. However, reality often has little to do with perception and HP has a hurdle there. I have yet to see much in the way of HP aggressively supporting/encouraging the developer community. They have the job to show WebOS development to be effective and profitable. They cannot rely on an "if we build it they will come" mentality.

    Re: Battery -
    I'll agree with the idea that iPad's battery life is adequate enough, but statements about regular use is pretty meaningless without some clarification. My *regular* use involves push email from the corporate account, hourly fetching from another three, push notification from about a dozen news sources, four apps background syncing over the cloud with their counterparts, an hour or two video - mixed podcast & streamed (usually tech news), frequent use for document review and markup, mindmapping, document reading, web browsing and light-to-moderate word-processing. 8-10 hours of this connected/using a Bluetooth keyboard and maybe an 2-3 hours of the day on 3G (though not pushing that much data). It comes out of the dock at 8am and I'm *lucky* to have 10% left when it goes back in at midnight. Please don't trivialize impressive performance with weak argumentation.

    I didn't go with an iPad because it was or was not Apple. Or for it's specs. Or for the app count. I have an iPad because it does the job I need in the most cost effective and reliable manner compared to its competition. I'll judge the TouchPad on the same criteria.
    RaulYbarra
  • RE: HP TouchPad available for pre-order, retail partners revealed

    Hi, There is a $50.00 rebate untill july 31, 2011. on the HP TOUCHPAD.
    edrina