This tablet is going to go on our list of ultra-low cost tablets because of its price. You can actually get one (if you can find one) for $99 for the 16GB version. Bet you weren’t expecting that from a company like HP. Then again there is probably good reason for that. The TouchPad hasn’t exactly been a hit. This is most probably attributed to the WebOS that comes installed. While it is very good at multi-tasking and easy to navigate, the lack of support like the Google Play or the App Store is probably its biggest downfall. You can’t just sell a product for cheap and not have the support and expect it to do well. In fact, we know a lot of people that purchased the TouchPad, didn’t even bother using it with WebOS, and then installed the Android OS on it. It is probably the most hacked tablet out there! If you are looking for apps, HP has hundreds of dedicated TouchPad apps in its store, and the tablet can also run about 70 percent of the more than 8,000 apps designed for HP’s WebOS phones. The phone apps run in a little phone-sized box on the tablet’s 9.7-inch screen, though. Still, it is no match for the big boys at Mountain View and Cupertino.
It looks like a combination of the issues we mentioned has made HP cease production of the TouchPad. Let’s hope they take the lessons learned from this debacle and are able to come out with a product that people would want to buy, a la the Envy 15 or the Envy 14 Spectre laptops. We don’t feel so bad that we waited this long to test the TouchPad by the way… doesn’t look like we missed all that much.