Hewlett-Packard’s Website is still selling the HP TouchPad, the webOS tablet it has condemned to history’s dustbin of dead tech.
Those interested in purchasing a piece of future geek trivia can find the 16GB and 32GB versions on HP’s official shopping page for $399.99 and $499.99, respectively. Another HP page sings the virtues of webOS, complete with text claiming it’s “the smartest OS ever created.” For the moment, the tablet is also available on Amazon.
THE much awaited HP TouchPad tablet was withdrawn from the Australian market today just 4 days after its launch, making it one of the shortest-lived electronics products in Australian history.
Retailer Harvey Norman, which sold the HP TouchPad tablet exclusively, said it had instructed franchises to remove all stocks from shelves and to contact customers who had bought it and offer them a full refund or credit for another purchase.
The HP TouchPad’s dramatic demise in Australia is the result of HP’s decision in the United States yesterday to axe it and smartphones powered by its in-house webOS mobile operating system, after astonishingly poor sales since its United States launch in July.
The problem for the Palo Alto, California-based tech company was that webOS was neither Apple nor Android. It was a mobile operating system HP acquired when it bought smartphone manufacturer Palm for $1.2 billion last year.
With relatively few apps available for download, and several exhibiting serious bugs, many commentators believed the HP TouchPad was doomed from the start.