Best Buy Offers Desktop for Free with HP TouchPad for $150

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32GB HP TouchPad for $150 with a PC

32GB HP TouchPad for $150 with a PC

When HP decided to discontinue the TouchPad tablet and drop the price to just $99, it wasn’t surprising to see the devices fly off the shelves. The market was there for a tablet that performed at the right price point, and led us to suggest every tablet should be $99.

Supplies soon dried up, but rumors of another batch of TouchPads being available in the near future kept appearing. It turns out those rumors were true, but this time around the deal isn’t so great.

You can now get a 32GB TouchPad from Best Buy while stocks last. The price? $149.99. That’s a bargain, but it isn’t the full story and you won’t get one if you turn up at Best Busy with just $150 in your pocket.

In order to bag yourself a TouchPad at that price point you also need to purchase a qualifying HP laptop, desktop, or all-in-one computer. Depending on your current situation that may still make this a very good deal. It is coming up to Christmas after all, and a new machine might be on you or your kids’ shopping list.

In order to take advantage of this offer just head on over to the Best Buy offer page. Browse the range of HP PCs and laptops and select the one you want. Then add the 32GB TouchPad and the price will be reduced to $150. Simple.

You can instead decide to just buy the TouchPad, but then the price goes up to $599.99. Also, if you return the PC or laptop you bought, Best Buy will refund you minus the $450 required to take the TouchPad back up to its original $600 price point.

Supplies of the TouchPad are very limited, so if you want one don’t hang about as when they are gone, they really are gone forever.


32GB HP TouchPad Back at Best Buy on November 1st

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HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad

HP’s TouchPad is moving closer to disappearing form the market, but it seems that it will go down in style, as the last shipments are getting ready to land at Best Buy on November 1st.

HP is not selling the device anymore, but Best Buy will have some more units available for those who would like to purchase it at the incredible low price that HP set for the tablet PC a few months ago: $149 (105 Euros) for the 32GB flavor of the device.

However, there is a catch. The tablet will be available at this price tag only for those who will purchase it in a bundle with an HP or Compaq laptop, desktop or all-in-one computer.

Starting with November 1st, the deal will go live on BestBuy.com, and will also hit brick and mortar stores on November 4th (at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores nationwide).

Best Buy and HP also announced that the TouchPad is available for individual purchase as well, outside the said bundle, but that the price tag for it has been set at $599.99 (425 Euros).

Those who were looking for the purchase of a $99 TouchPad packing only 16GB of internal memory will be disappointed to learn that the device is officially out of stock.

For those out of the loop, we should note that the tablet PC is based on HP’s webOS mobile platform, and that the computer maker announced a few months ago that it will put an end on the production of this device and of any webOS-powered smartphone.

“The HP TouchPad is designed to work like you do, so individuals can accomplish more, letting you connect, play, surf and share more easily,” Best Buy explains.

“It provides the ability to seamlessly move back and forth between apps without losing your place while automatically grouping similar activities together. The HP TouchPad functions on the webOS operating platform and comes with 32GB of storage space.”


Android for HP TouchPad Can be Downloaded Soon

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Android for HP TouchPad Can be Downloaded Soon

Android for HP TouchPad Can be Downloaded Soon

Two developer teams are working feverishly on bringing Android to the HP TouchPad — CyanogenMod and TouchDroid — and it now looks like the former is within striking distance of a fully-functional port.

One other important thing to note about the CyanogenMod port for the TouchPad is that it’s not going to replace webOS on your tablet. It’s a dual-boot system, so you’ll be able to reboot and switch from Android to webOS and vice versa. That’s pretty slick, and it’s an option none of your Android tablet-toting friends will have, since there are no webOS ports running on other hardware.

While CyanogenMod will bring Android to your TouchPad, it won’t bring the tablet-focused Android Honeycomb. CyanogenMod is built on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though the team has made several tablet-friendly tweaks, such as adding the Honeycomb software navigation buttons to the bottom of the screen.

Even if the OS is a version behind what you’d find on a brand new, $400-plus Android tablet, you’ve still got bragging rights. With a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and $99 price tag, not even your chums that picked up a subsidized Honeycomb tablet got anywhere near the deal you did.


HP Touchpad is Going to be a Fade Memory

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HP Touchpad is Going to be a Fade Memory Soon

HP Touchpad is Going to be a Fade Memory

Along with the Pre 3 and Veer, the TouchPad was slated to make a big impact in the mobile world. Despite sporting a powerful Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an Adreno 220 GPU, a dual-band WiFi, a 9.7-inch LED screen, and of course webOS 3.0; the HP TouchPad now becomes just a fading memory.

You never really wanted an HP TouchPad. Or maybe you did, but it was just too damn expensive, given other options. Well, now the decision has just been made for you. Since HP announced that webOS is pretty much dead and that it will no longer be making any hardware to support the platform, something has to be done about the army of TouchPad tablets floating around. For the 16GB, you can now expect to pay about $99, and for the 32GB TouchPad, you’ll fork over just $149.

According to an internal memo obtained by webOSroundup, AT&T has effectively canceled the launch of the Pre 3 on its network and all orders and work on packaging for the device have been ordered to stop. The memo doesn’t explain why, but it doesn’t take much to read between the lines to find out why AT&T would be canceling the launch of the Pre 3.

While this is not entirely surprising, it does show that at least one U.S. carrier was prepping to launch the device that was announced way back in February of this year. No word on what will happen to the announced, but yet-to-be released TouchPad 4G tablet that we saw at AT&T’s event in NYC last month.