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HP says more $99 TouchPads coming soon. Should you buy one?
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HP says more $99 TouchPads coming soon. Should you buy one?

Colour me not surprised. HP Social Media Strategist Mark Budgell promised more TouchPads will be manufactured in the coming weeks. Here is part of his post on HP’s TheNextBench blog:

More TouchPads on the Way

I finally have some solid news to share about TouchPad availability.

Before I share, let me first say thank you for enthusiasm for this product.
Since we announced the price drop, the number of inquiries about the product and
the speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning. I think it’s
safe to say we were pleasantly surprised by the response.

Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to
produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know
exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t
promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a
few weeks before you can purchase.

You can read the rest of the long post here . You notice it is pretty vague about availibility in Canada so, if you are interested in buying a bargain priced TouchPad and keep an eye on HP and your favourite retailer. I will post information here as soon as I come across it.

 The big question. Should you buy a $99 TouchPad?

Why not?

It is a good e-Reader..the Kindle app is baked in..plus there is Kindle’s Web App and it’s 40 bucks cheaper than any other e-Reader you can buy.

It plays standard format videos and audio so would make a great car entertainment centre for the kids on a long drive.

Then there’s e-mail..a recent Google survey reported that 75% of Tablet owners use it for e-mail.

And did I say the TouchPad boasts a really good web browser that plays Flash

What do you think of all this?..comment below

Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

11 Comments
  • Kirti Patel

    I’ve done some research and HP has not set a price point yet for this last batch. Also some more bad news, it won’t be available to Canadians.
    Here you go:
    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2011/08/hp-brings-back-touchpad-tablet-for-one-last-run/

    August 31, 2011 at 3:55 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      I don’t think the left hand at HP knows what the right hand is doing..I don’t think they have decided if they will make them available in Canada..it depends on the size of the production run. I suspect they had a minimum commitment with the OES

      August 31, 2011 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Kirti Patel

    Do you think at Christmas time other tablets that are not selling will copy HP and do huge price drops?

    August 31, 2011 at 5:19 pm Reply
  • Mathieu

    There won’t be more $99 HP TouchPad.
    If you didn’t place your order before, you won’t get an HP TouchPad for $99.

    Maybe HP is going to try to sell them for $399.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • Nadav Krasner via Facebook

    I don’t know. You tell me. Should I buy one?

    August 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm Reply
  • Bob Benedetti via Facebook

    Click on the headline which will take you to the full blog where you will find the answer.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:34 pm Reply
  • Nadav Krasner via Facebook

    Can it run Microsoft office on it. Is it comparable to a notebook or I-Pad?. I will assume its not powerful enough to replace my laptop. Is it 3G + modem. How many gig does it have.

    August 31, 2011 at 11:45 pm Reply
  • Bob Benedetti via Facebook

    No Office..it is a tablet like the iPad..It is unlikely to replace your lapotop…however, I do use my iPad2 with a bluetooth keyboard to replace a laptop and often writh the blog on it. It has 16 or 32 gig depending on the model.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:08 am Reply
  • Braden

    It has Quickoffice, which can edit. I bought one could only get the 32gig and I see my online order is being processed for one more 32g. I lucked out a got two at HP store downtown, sister took one. Not bad needed a movie player, which I had to buy, but it does a 3gig mkv with no problem. Wish I could network or print from it but one is no the other required an HP printer.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm Reply
  • Kevin

    For 100$ (16Gig model) and 150$ (32Gig model) I don’t see why you wouldn’t attempt to grap one if you can. It’s a great movie player, web surfer, email tablet that can be very practical. Bluetooth and Wifi capabilities. Additionally, there is a possibility to run Android apps in the future with it. Thus making this a very versatile tablet.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:30 am Reply

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