You may not be able to find a $99 HP TouchPad at HP.com, Best Buy, or any other retail stores anymore. But the folks at DailySteals apparently got their hands on some of the discontinued tablets, because they’re offering 32GB TouchPad tablets for $240 today.
As the bargain website’s name suggests, DailySteals only offers deals for one day — so even if the store doesn’t sell out of TouchPads today, you won’t be able to buy one at this price tomorrow.
The HP TouchPad is a tablet with a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor. It ships with webOS 3.0 software — but after HP discontinued the tablet and started selling off remaining inventory at fire sale prices, a team of hackers figured out how to install Google Android on the TouchPad.
WebOS is still more stable than Android on the tablet, but if you install Android using CyanogenM0d 7.1 Alpha 2 you can access the Google Android Market and install thousands of Android apps. The tablet also feels faster and more responsive when running Android. The bad news is sometimes it doesn’t resume from sleep and the camera doesn’t yet work properly.
While $240 isn’t quite as attractive a price as $99 for a 16GB model, it’s still a pretty good deal. Even at liquidation prices, HP was charging $149 for the 32GB TouchPad. When Hewlett Packard launched the tablet this summer, a 16GB TouchPad ran $499 while a 32GB model was selling for $599.
Clearly HP didn’t sell as many tablets as hoped at those prices, which is why the company discontinued the product less than two months after launch. And that’s when the HP TouchPad suddenly became a runaway success story… of sorts.
Apparently few people want to spend $500 or more on a tablet that’s not an iPad — but a lot of people want to spend $100 to buy a tablet that’s worth five times as much.
It’s not clear how many tablets DailySteals has in stock or how long this sale will last. Stores sold out of $99 and $149 tablets pretty quickly, but I’m guessing shoppers will be a little more hesistant to spend $240 on the tablet — even if that is still more than half off the original price.
thanks Nards Barley!
add alphacm7 android on TP and this buggah sings, everyapp i use is in the android marketplace, the dolphin browser is fantastic, once those minor issues are resolved in the final release, i am thinking even at $90+ above the firesale price it’s worth it..btw, best buy is running a bundle sale at NOV1, buy a 32gb tp for $149 if you buy a complete HP/compaq PC/laptop at same time..now that is a steal if you need a computer.
Seriously never buy from those guys. They tried stealing 200 bucks from me and I had to contact the BBB to resolve it. They are true to their name
as a new recipient of a TouchPad and owner of a webOS group I can honestly say the TouchPad and webOS is horrible. There’s no apps. None. There’s not even an alternate browser. No Opera, no Mozilla, nothing, just what it came with, and there’s one browser in the store called Advanced that costs $2.99.
iPhone has about a dozen different kinds of browsers, most of them free.
webOS really is crap.
no..webos is not crap, only the app selection is crap. Please only judge an OS by what is is, an OS.
wow $95 over list price what a “steal”
I have 2 sealed 32gb hp touchpads I’m willing to sell to developers of cm7. Message me on twitter @dave01568
I don’t know much about computers being an old woman but will try one. How will you like the pmt if you willing to give me.
Futurshop guy helped me to post.
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