We called the HP TouchPad "the tablet that would not die," and we were right. The HP TouchPad was resurrected again, today, at Woot with refurbished TouchPads going for more than the fire sale prices. Lo and behold the cheap tablets sold-out, once again! The HP ImmortaPad lives on.
Every time, we think the TouchPad will die a natural death, like the Energizer Bunny, the ImmortaPad keeps coming back and disappearing almost instantly. The 16GB HP TouchPad models sold-out, first at $169.99 a pop. Then the 32GB TouchPad models priced at $219 were all gone.
The copy selling the HP TouchPad on Woot called it "the biggest, most expensive and useful paperweight I own." We think that it's not being used a paperweight but sold-out for it 's 9.7-inch diagonal, LED-backlit touchscreen, email, social media and movie viewing. The fact that people want a 10" tablet for less than $200.00 is most likely the main reason the HP TouchPad keeps selling out whenever it appears.
Earlier this week, we discovered that MacMall was giving away a free HP TouchPad for a promotion, while Android hackers were still attempting to get Android to run on the HP TouchPad with many bugs.
The HP TouchPad is a lot more than a paperweight. Doctors have used it in MRI chambers to serve data. The HP TouchPad appears in the Wireless and Mobile News' top tablets of 2011 and top trends of 2011.
The HP TouchPad sold-out and flew off the shelves when it was reduced to $99 for 16 GB and $149 for 32 GB. A second run was sold-out to employees who spent the whole day ordering HP TouchPads with some complaining about the loss of work time.
HP officially announced that they had no more new TouchPads in stock on November 7.
The HP TouchPad even at Woot prices is still a good deal. The HP TouchPad has many features that work well, you can browse the web, get email, view documents, view video and read books via Wi-Fi in full color. You can even print to an HP printer. There are currently apps for the TouchPad to use it as video player, eReader, Skype, Internet radio (Pandora) and even an alarm clock. You could use the TouchPad, for note pad, doodle pad, bathroom reader (not in the tub) digital photo frame and even as a kid's Etch-A-Sketch.
The HP TouchPad was second to iPad in the fall of 2011.
Although TouchPad does not seem to die, the man behind webOS and the TouchPad, John Rubenstein is unemployed.
"We ran out of runway, and we ended up at HP and HP wasn't in good enough shape on its own to be able to support the effort," Rubinstein told The Verge.
Rubenstein told AllThingsD one of the reasons why the TouchPad was a failure was, "Well, it wasn’t exactly given much time."
When the whole HP TouchPad fire sale phenomena started we asked for TouchPad jokes.
What's the difference between an iPad and a TouchPad?
We liked this answer to the question, "How many TouchPad owners does it take to screw in a light bulb?"
One- they save money and do the work themselves.
How many iPad owners does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Zero - iPad owners don't screw in light bulbs, they ask Siri to do it for them.