Did everyone get their $99 HP Touchpads before they sold out?
That’s OK, neither did most people. Apparently, HP’s fire-sale price of $99 for a 16GB tablet (or $149 for the 32GB version) is the price point at which everyone notices tablets — even if it’s a discontinued product. In the last two weeks, over 500,000 Touchpads were sold, with another 200,000 on the way. People that previously never gave a thought to using a tablet are now suddenly very interested.
On the other side of the coin, Amazon recently announced they were going to start selling a new tablet (probably associated with its popular Kindle). The pricing is supposed to be $249 or less, making it one of the least expensive offerings on the market, and it’s already generating a lot of buzz. In fact, the Amazon tablet is already being hailed as the “iPad Killer”, even before it’s being released.
Why all this hype over tablets when they’ve been available for years? One simple fact: they’ve been way too expensive, and hardware manufacturers are just now catching on. Continue reading “HP and Amazon Are Shaping Your Computing Future.”