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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2011, 07:51:48 PM »
RC, I see you took advantage of the $99 sale. Now that I have exchanged my $500 one for a Galaxy Tab. I might pick up a Touchpad for 99.  i can risk that much.

>must have apps

Advanced Browser

I got addicted to News Republic.

The Pandora app is for the phone but it works fine.

Kindle

Touchpad is a fine web surfer.

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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2011, 10:40:39 AM »
Been trying round the UK stores (inc BestBuy) but nobody putting the prices down yet. 

Managed to reserve some for collection at various Argos' around Edinburgh in the hope that the price will come down tomorrow.

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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2011, 11:00:00 AM »
Good luck eurotrash.  I'm trying to decide if I want to buy one at $99.  I now have a Galaxy tab 10.1 and a iPad1 and I'm not sure I need a third tablet.  While the Galaxy Tab is workmanlike it is not exciting me the way either the iPad or the Touchpad did.  Also, the Touchpad has one of the finest virtual keyboards I've ever used.

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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2011, 11:33:12 AM »
Front of G News US says that they are getting hard to find already
http://www.pcworld.com/article/238542/99_hp_touchpad_selling_out_during_fire_sale.html

>best virtual keyboard

Absolutely. Its usability puts iPad to shame.

But the webs browsers, while more than good enough for the average user, are not in the same league as iCab.  I've yet to find a way to automatically clear cookies only closing. OTOH, they do flash. OTOH2, no streaming Netflix.

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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2011, 11:06:59 PM »
The Advanced browser adds goodies.  It gets you closer to iCab than the stock browser but you are right it is not up to iCab.

I also like the Just Type feature. Miss that.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2011, 05:59:37 PM »
RC this might interest you, there are some links to good guides to webOS on Touchpad in the article:
http://www.precentral.net/new-touchpad-tips-apps-accessories

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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2011, 06:25:56 PM »
Looks like the price drop has hit the UK as far as I can see.

PC World doing the TouchPad Tablet PC - 16GB for 89 and the TouchPad Tablet PC - 32GB for 115.

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« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2011, 06:43:54 PM »
>16GB for 89
Brad was right, even with its average browser, this is a worthwhile machine.   Had it come out earlier, it would have been serious competition for ipad.

Thanks for the link, Brad. Maybe it'll save me from having to bring my daughters up to speed re the tablet ecosystem.

Quote from the comments on that page: "Our little webOS family just got ALOT bigger, this past weekend!"

I've been thinking about that scenario over the weekend, mostly with regard to webos app developers who went from 2 or 3 downloads a day to 2 or 3 thousand. So how many touchpads were produced?  This is a strange situation, to have a dead system grow legs.


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« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2011, 06:57:30 PM »
<added>
>the whole way webOS deals with web pages as individual cards, and cards in stacks just seems to work faster for me.

I didn't see this written up in the little navigation pamphlet but I happened to pinch across the lower corner of the bezel and found that it was shorthand for minimizing the active screen to a card. Then a swipe upward closes the card.  All done with gestures, no Home button-pushing required.   A few old Pre apps don't respond to being minimized this way but that's no big deal.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2011, 07:08:58 PM »
Had 2 each in 2 baskets on Dixons then their site went crazy whilst trying to checkout.  Jason had 5 in a basket when the same thing happened.

I have 2 on reserve in one branch of Argos and 1 in another and hopefully by tomorrow morning the price will have come down there.  From what I have read in this thread, I really want one now.


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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2011, 07:20:18 PM »
I hear HP is writing off the expense of liquidating 2.5 million Thinkpads as advertising.  It certainly seeds the OS into the world and makes webOS a little more attractive to a corporate buyer.

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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2011, 07:24:34 PM »
Since I'm using these as coffee-table machines available for family and guests to use, I rummaged through the free games in the app store.  There's a pretty decent selection of time-wasters there.

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« Reply #27 on: August 22, 2011, 09:58:40 PM »
Sooo.... we know the price point for tablets, eh?

Reports say that HP's website went down under the load.  Their social media rep is trying to direct traffic via twitter.  http://twitter.com/#!/BrynaAtHP

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391478,00.asp

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« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2011, 10:09:40 PM »
>Amazon

Guardian: "Think HP is going to be able to license WebOS? Think again
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/aug/22/hp-webos-licensing-prospects

I think Amazon, Google, or -a long shot- Facebook may buy WebOS. 

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« Reply #29 on: August 22, 2011, 11:46:27 PM »
Its possible Samsung could buy the whole PC division including webOS.
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/computers/who-should-buy-hps-pc-division-samsung-lenovo/6563