Is a Touchpad adequate for parents (web/email/youtube/skype?)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by zub3qin, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. zub3qin macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2007
    My parents are finally comfortable playing on my iPad.
    Now with the fire sale on HP TouchPads (some are saying $100), is it worthwhile to buy one if all my parents need is web, email, youtube?

    Can you stream live video from, etc?

    Or is the device dead and not worth buying--
  2. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    Um, I'm not sure you can still find one for that price. :eek:
  3. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    You can if you're lucky, but they are selling out FAST. I went to BestBuy this morning and there were 10 of us in line when they opened. Unfortunately, BB has sent all of theirs back to HP. I went to HH Gregg and got a 32GB for $149 (the 16 GB are $99), but the 16GB had been bought literally 5 minutes before, when a guy came in and bought 4...two 16GB and two 32GB.
  4. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    So annoying, they are still €400 + over here. Not sure why Europe is getting screwed?
  5. bufffilm, Aug 20, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2011

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    the US HP site is showing the new markdowns - $100 and $150 for the 16gb and 32gb versions respectively so those who can order and are interested, can have at it.

    i flirted with the notion of picking one up since i am gadget geek and with the notion that if the Touchpad offers easy connectivity to external storage, it would be somewhat useful in a different way than my ipad2, but after rereading all the reviews [yet again], the low price is still not an attractive enough incentive. i'd rather just save the money and put it towards a future ipad3 or other tablet purchase.

    those that don't have a tablet and plan to use it in a very basic manner - ebook reader, email, simple internet browsing - the touchpad would be adequate. i might buy the touchpad over say, a nook color right now since it's half the price with 2X the storage and the nook color's future is not certain either.

    the questionable lack of support that HP will offer in the way of firmware updates makes the tablet of somewhat dubious value after a year or so. still, it's tempting to pick one up as a movie and book reader for around the house for $100 bux. would likely save having to recharge my ipad a bit.

    i have some time to kill this afternoon...i'm going to head over to a touchpad forum and read up a little. still might bite.

    [edit] wow, they're sold out now. when i was on their site a couple of hours ago, you could still buy one.
  6. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    Sums up my thoughts on to buy or not to buy. If I did buy I would probably use it as e-reader for ebooks from Project Gutenberg site. And I too was just checking the HP site and now they are sold out. Cross my fingers that no one in my city has invaded Staples stock pile just yet.
  7. byke macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2007
    LDN. UK
    I dont understand .... according to news reports the other day, one of the large retailers had sold approx. 10% of 270 000 units they had in stock. And this was part of the reason for HP pulling the plug.

    Now, if there is a 100 dollar HP tablet floating around .... does anyone really believe these have sold out at so many retailers? that would mean best buy had sold approx. 125 000 today alone (50% of 270 000 - aka the 16gb model) .... i really dont believe that.
  8. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    I don't believe it either, which is why I'm still hoping and refreshing this page constantly. :D
  9. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    No. What happened is Best Buy and some other like wholesale retailer like Costco just decided to force HP to buy back all their unsold unopened units. Some retailer just want to wash their hands off the the HP TouchPad altogether. It's much easier for Best Buy just to return their remaining 200k unsold units than to try to deal with people buying the TouchPad amd opening them and returning them 14 days later.

    Best Buy is offering to refund fully anyone who purchased a TouchPad even outside the 14 day return policy including all accessories. So Best Buy surprisingly is being the "good guy" here to early adopters.
  10. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I bought one today and won't recommend it for parental units unless they want to learn the OS. Is not as simple/intuituve to use as iOS. I would say it falls down between iOS & Android w/ it being closer to Android for the experience. For parents you can get an old iPad 1 as a better recommendation for them :cool: It does have flash though!
  11. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2007
    if I can get one for $99, I'm going to jump in it :D

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