Hewlett-Packard has cut the price of its barely one month old HP TouchPad for the third time in a week; it is now available at bargain retailer Woot.com, which not everybody in the tech community thinks is a great move.
"I love Woot. Best shopping site ever. But Woot (generally) is where gadgets go to die," John Biggs of TechCrunch commented.
The device is available at Woot.com for an amount of $379.99, plus $5 extra for shipping.
The 16 GB variant of the HP TouchPad, powered by the company’s WebOS operating system was originally priced at $499. It comes with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor, a 1.3 megapixel camera, 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (TFT active matrix).
The device, which is HP’s answer to the Apple iPad 2, is also equipped with dual-band 802.11b/g/n with WPA and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR wireless connectivity.
Expressing his opinion on this new offering by HP, Biggs explained “Clearly Woot has some pull and for HP to put their gear on there is a big deal. But I worry that this move will induce a slow and steady erosion of WebOS sales figures.”
“Leave it to HP to lead us all into another netbook rathole, cheapening the mobile computing experience until it collapses under it’s failure to add value,” he added.
In an interview with the BBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, HP CEO Leo Apotheker set out the company's high ambitions: "I hope one day people will say 'this is as cool as HP', not 'as cool as Apple'."