HP has stopped sales operations of its webOS devices, notably the relatively new HP TouchPad tablet. It lasted 49 days in the marketplace before they decided to pull the plug amid poor sales and an app environment that never really took off the way HP needed it to.
Large retailers like Best Buy are reportedly sitting on over 200,000 unsold units, and they’ve asked HP to take back most, if not all, of those. Retailers like Office Depot and Wal-Mart have offered deep discounts in addition to HP’s own $100+ price slashes, but to little effect. HP themselves and retailers in Canada (hopefully this spreads to the US soon) have offered the 16gb version for the firesale price of $100.
Should you buy what really is a nice piece of hardware for that price? The webOS platform might be dead in the water, but Android developer forums are lighting up with activity about porting Honeycomb over to the TouchPad, which if done effectively, would save the hardware from a full demise. In fact, we see this as a likely outcome sooner rather than later.
If you can get your hands on the TouchPad for $100, it’s worth the investment in our opinions. Not only do you have a nice piece of hardware that still has some great functionality from webOS, but if you can hack it into a Honeycomb tablet, you just got the deal of the century. Good luck to all that take this path.
UPDATE 8/21 6:30pm EST: Online retailers are still lowering prices to $100 and $150 for the 16gb and 32gb models, respectively. Your luck hasn’t run out quite yet. Check out the dedicated chat room for this deal at http://tinychat.com/slickHP.
UPDATE 8/21 10pm EST: Some of the same developers that hacked the Nook Color have announced they are officially bringing Android to the TouchPad via Twitter. Liliputing has more info here.