Originally Posted by inkswamp
Don't take this personally because I honestly don't mean it to be insulting, but I cannot get my head around the logic of people like you and others buying these things at any price. I wouldn't pay $10 for a Touchpad because I know it's a dead-end and failed in the market and would probably just collect dust. I just don't understand the thinking of jumping on a failed product because it's suddenly cheaper than it was a week ago.
Way back in the 90s when Dennis Miller was still funny, he had a great joke in his stand-up routine that sums this up. "Don't you just love cheap clothing stores that give you 2-for-1 sales? Hey folks, two of sh*t is sh*t. If they really want to f*ck you, they'll give you 3."
Sums up exactly how I feel about the Touchpad at $99. I've got better things to spend a hundred bucks on and I just don't get the frenzy to snap these things up.
I personally had no desire for a tablet, just as expensive as a low-end laptop, but running a smartphone OS, and about as powerful. Yeh. At $500/600, I wasn't going to throw my money at an iPad, TP, Transformer, etc. They seem cool, but I could never justify the actual cost/benefit, when I would compare them to my phone/laptop combo.
However, as a cheap web/e-mail/e-book/movies/photos, this 32 GB TP I have fits the bill. I was at one time tossing up between a Kindle, Nook Color, or the new Nook, but this is even cheaper. It also helped that I've been a fan of webOS and a Pre+ user.
webOS is an odd duck otherwise, beautiful design, the mobile OS I've preferred above the rest, but controlled by the stupidest companies. I really don't care about Android getting ported over, I find it ugly, and the TP performs better than I expected (Flash runs well on YT, Hulu, ESPN3), and fits the rest of the web/e-mail/photo/movie reqs.
I still really don't see the point of tablets, but at ~$200 including shipping and a case, I'm not out a lot either, but I'm a bit biased because I'm a webOS user, and I knew most of what to expect. I probably won't consider a tablet again, until they actually because as powerful as mid-range laptops (wake me up when I can edit RAW files in something like Lightroom with relative speed).