deals32gb hp touchpad for $194.99 + $5.00, $8.00 two…

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@synchron40: for taking time to respond, and providing good info: muchas gracias!

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@suit6236:

Battery life - 1000+ charge/discharge cycles - I wouldn't worry about it. Get Dr. Battery from Preware. Mine shows 95% capacity after 6mos medium use.

Micro-usb port is for both data and charging using only a wall outlet. You can't use PC to charge. Port is pretty flimsy and not shock resistant. Mine already broke but under warranty HP has already fixed it and I should be getting it back today - 6 days after I shipped it.

Synchron.

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Questions:

* what is the battery's life expectancy? is it replaceable?

* mico-usb sync cable: does that serve as the means to load data, or is it strictly for charging?

Thank you for all the good commentary... I look forward to some more information.

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@storbinc: Free shipping is done, I dot in on this last week, Nice deal when it was free shipping. I was going to grab another but I will wait for free shipping to come around again

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@b2pi: I put Swype on mine last night. I followed the instructions here:

http://rootzwiki.com/topic/6712-how-to-make-swype-work-on-the-touchpad-updated-for-ics-with-more-info/

This post was real helpful:

http://rootzwiki.com/topic/6712-how-to-make-swype-work-on-the-touchpad-updated-for-ics-with-more-info/page__st__70#entry482681

I had to install the Java SDK, and put all the files in the program files - java - bin folder to get it to work for me. It was my first dabble into any sort of compiling, if you can call it that.

Probably not for the beginner, but it works great so far. Honestly now that I have it, it isn't as useful as it is on smaller devices like phones. Seems like takes forever to slide your finger across all that real estate.

The development community is awesome on this device, it will be a little while, but I think everything will be working properly in Android. I have enjoyed trying different ROMs & tweaks more than just using the device for interneting and such.

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@b2pi: Would you point me to newish instructions for the TRI boot? I have cm7 and WebOS now.
Does the mic work in CM9? When I checked last it did not so I got cm7 instead.

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@caffeine_dude: CM7 is a bit more stable on my other devices, so I tried it out via triple boot. I've not had any real stability problems with cm9, though, so I got rid of 7 and put arch on it. I'm about ready to give up on webos, though. (By the way, this thing needs Swype more than NY other device I've got, but I'm on it now)

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If you're not tech-savy and want to purchase one of these but aren't sure if you can install ICS on your own, I would suggest looking up Reverend Kyle on YouTube. His videos take you through the install in easy to follow, step-by-step instructions even a novice like me could understand. My TP arrived Friday and that night I was already a couple hours into enjoying my first exposure to Android.

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Great Tablet but be forewarned that micro-usb connector can get damaged rendering both charging and usb connection useless. Mine's under warranty and under repair but this would suck for a refurb. So if you get this, then also get a Touchstone so less wear & tear on the connector.

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@triplebud: Do you actually own a touchpad? Didn't think so...

I have two running the latest cyanogenmod nightlies. They were cheap, they are powerful and ICS is a nice tablet OS. If anyone is in the market for a tablet and has the money, why not? It's not firesale price but this is a good deal. My second touchpad was from the last woot refurb and it was just like getting a brand new one.

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@stewarthamblin: With this mod, the camera doesn't work.

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@currcm4: No but it is very easy to use a cellphone to tether it and depending on the phone, get either 3G or 4 G speeds. Visit webosnation.com and stroll through the forums for info. Have had one of these for 8 months and am still very happy with it. I end up using it mostly on my wifi at home and work but it's very functional tethered to my phone: I just have to watch that my phone battery holds up or keep it on a charger if I'm traveling.

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Is there any way to use a usb 3G modem with this?

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Save your money. get a real tablet or a really crappy one if you want to "ULTRA MOD" it. Seriously. Why take a referb that you can't bring anywhere to get fixed. Just wait for a sale on a nice tablet that you can upgrade the GB on and will have customer support. OR get a crappy Pandigital for $25 - $30. Try your hand at modding and lessen the blow of waiting for all the current high overpriced toys to drop in price.

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How does this compare with the Viewsonic gTablet?

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@keithis1: I think an important factor lies in what you NEED to store in the device. SD cards and the cloud can be used for movies, songs, books, picture, documents, etc. This alleviates the need for everything to be internal and therefore using your internal storage. If you need TONS, and I mean HUNDREDS of Apps, then you are better off getting something like this with the larger capacity.

I prefer the Thrive to this, personally. It is MUCH more versatile with the ports, and the thickness is not bad.

That being said, full disclosure...I use a Asus Pad TF300 with 32GB.

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Couldn't pass this up, look forward to checking out ICS on this (ICS is great on my Nexus). Needed a 2nd tablet so I can give up the iPad to my fiancee for work related stuff, this should fit the bill for a while (and can just be a good house tablet in the future...

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Just to add, if you want, you don't just have to dual boot... you can TRIPLE BOOT. Throw Ubuntu on that bad boy too!

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@smallbigtall:
I was using Hulu last night, WebOS, without any problems.
Search http://www.webosnation.com for installing hulu on webos.
The same for using Hulu with ICS. There is a fix for this also. I do not remember the url.

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@badpookey: Thanks! It helps a little but my big issue was connecting it to my TV via HDMI for the netflix app. But if WebOS is worth it...

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Overnight shipping? Wow! If I buy one now, I can get it before the one I bought on May 18! :-|

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@silentg: Are you sure that's not just the final scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark?

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@achyder: WRT storage space from an old-timers' perspective.. In 1988, my COBOL instructor said a 20MB hard drive is all you really need, since beyond DOS, Lotus 123, dBaseIII, and WordPerfect, all you'd need to store is your personal data. Three years later (1991) PC Magazine had an article suggesting 100MB was the ideal size for a hard drive. Granted we are talking over 20 years ago, and trying to use any hardware/software from that era today would be an exercise in masochism. But the point is that within three years, the standard storage space quintupled. See also: Moore's Law.

Even without movie storage on the TouchPad, I'd still recommend getting the 32GB version. Dual-Booting, current and future apps, etc the uses you'll have for the device within the next three years or whatever its useful life will likely continue to expand.

The only time I'd recommend the smaller would be if it was purchased for a single use. An information kiosk display perhaps?

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@keithis1: I also wanted the Thrive. It has lots of features I really dig, like full size HDMI and USB ports. I found the HP tablet preferable for three reasons: 1) It's FAR thinner than the Thrive, 2) It runs WebOS and Android. WebOS is pretty solid and very usable. 3) fast (dual core) with lots of memory.

A tough decision, but I'm really happy with the HP. Hope that helps.

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I purchased this from Woot right before the Woot-off (same price, BTW). I've had it almost 48 hours and was able to flash Android once it was fully charged. I was warned NOT to flash ICS (still an early alpha) and to go with Cyanogyn's earlier mod, version 7, instead. This is far safer and still gives you all of Android, just not v.4.0 I'll wait 'till ICS is far improved for this tablet, and I do not think I'll be waiting long.

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Not a bad price. If I recall correctly this wouldn't be much more than what HP themselves offered their refurbs at on eBay. I'm not in the market for a HP product.... I could go on a rant here about their service and how they handle repairs under warranty but instead I will refrain. I will never buy their products ever again. Doesn't matter how innexpensive they are.

On a side note, I found woot!'s current inventory of these things.

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@nrsgdbdy: I use the MX Video Player app (Free). It can play all media formats I throw at it except DVD rips in .iso.

As for getting them ON my TP. I just connect the USB, put the TP in USB mode, and copy paste into a folder I made called "Movies".

Anything else?

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@achyder: I have been looking for an easy way to get movies on my TP. What app are you using? I managed to get CM9 on mine but I am not the most tech savvy person here.

Any help would be most appreciated!

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Hopefully this isn't a dumb question but I've seen the Toshiba Thrive 8gb go for about the same price (sometimes +$10) refurb once in a while. With all of its advantages, wouldn't it be worth it to buy the 8gb Thrive and purchase a Micro 32gb to use with it? Please forgive me if I sound ignorant, just trying to get the best bang for my buck. Aren't we all?

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@jerrybign: Not at all. Kayaks will be around for a long time. These will not. They are a dying breed.

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@ronfronberg: Last I checked, the Hulu fix for WebOS (via Preware) was disabled. Is it back to working now? At the time, I was unable to get Hulu to work on CM7, and haven't made the switch to CM9 yet.

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I WANT ONE OF THESE SOOOOO BAD!! so, would diving into my kayak fund to get a tablet be that wrong?

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@suzzcq70: There is an Android App that allows connection to Citrix...IE is unneeded....of course this means installing Android on the device.

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@caffeine_dude: The sound stuttering is just about completely fixed in CM9; you can "help" it in CM7 by increasing the minimum CPU speed a few ticks in the performance options. Otherwise when it underclocks due to inactivity, it doesn't feed the audio buffers fast enough and you get that stuttering.

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@b2pi: You went from CM9 to 7? Why? I have CM7 and am waiting for my PC to get stable to update to CM9.

Has anyone made the switch on a HP TouchPad? I am looking for a reason to wipe the custom touch pad and start over with CM9.

FYI I still dual boot. TuneIn Radio runs better in HP OS. I have an issue with the sound freaks out when the display sleeps in CM7, so if I will be streaming music and not touching the device I boot to WebOS.

@suzzcq70: No sorry no Internet Explorer

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Excuse the dumb question, but does this have the ability to run Internet Explorer? That is the only browser I can use to log into my work's citrix server . . .

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I got mine during the firesale as well, but would gladly pay this price for the tablet. The standard OS, WebOS, is pretty nifty and great at multitasking - it just severely lacks apps. It's a shame that the Touchpad didn't catch on, I really like WebOS.

Anyway, I recently put CM9 on the tablet. It's actually incredibly easy to do if you follow the instructions step by step. I'm a complete noob with tablets, and have had zero issues with putting CM9 on the tablet. I regretted waiting so long to put it on there!

If you're apprehensive about buying this due to WebOS or understanding how to install CM9 for Android goodness - don't be! Buy this tablet NOW if you're in the market for one. You WILL NOT find this great of a tablet for this price!!

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I just got mine the day before yesterday. The base OS was kind of pretty, but not to my taste (I'm just really not that easily pleased). I threw CM9 and then CM7 on it, and am now quite pleased. It's a lovely little tablet. I also have a BN Nook Color (old) and an iPad. The Nook is slow, and has problems with the digitizer, but I like the size. I just don't like IOS (see above - I'm grumpy and old) at all. If this has an SD slot and GPS, it would be perfect.

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@intuitionx2: The cracking was caused by a bad batch of cases, and not all touchpads had this issue.

I bought one during the firesale and the case cracked around the speakers within 2 weeks ... called up HP and they replaced it with a new one (they offered a free case but I pushed for a replacement). Been using the replacement one for almost a year now, and no cracks to be seen. Other friends who also got theirs during the firesale never had case cracking.

Having said that... fixing up ones returned for case cracking might be a source for all these refurbs. :)

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I got two of these back in the fire sale (one from Office Depot, one from HP) they are great tablets for that (and good for this) price, I gave mine away though, they weren't quite what I really wanted, (now have TF300 & a Transf. Prime) but if you are looking for a tablet in this price range, this is the one you want.

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Well, I've been enjoying my TouchPad ever since I was lucky enough to score one during the fire sale, and have been enjoying it even more now that I've finally put CM9 on it.

The thing runs smooth, and if you can live without the camera or mic on the Android side (for now, anyway), compares pretty favorably with most of the Android tablets out there.

Just my 2¢.

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I got one of these at the fire sale. Opted for the 32 over the 16 at the last minute. I regretted it until I dumped my movie library on in making it my portable media station.

If you don't have a need for a lot of space, and just want a fast, smooth running tablet, I suggest waiting until the 16 gb refurbs show up.

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@saramwrap: You make some good points--you would think an outfit like w00t would know that "retail price" is usually if not invariably an inflated valid market price--and that we w00ters know that too--which makes the claimed 19% off seem like even less of a deal. I just guess I'm believing the w00t marketing blurb, and I'm not impressed with 19% off an already inflated "retail" price. I might be suffering from w00t tablet burn out too--there have so very many offerings of late. But thanks for putting some thought into your response!

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@therealjrn: I'm not sure what "retail" even means on these at this point - they were introduced last summer at $600 MSRP, discontinued 6 weeks later, and then aggressively cleared out by HP at $150. So price has been a sticky subject - what it's worth isn't necessarily what it sold for, at either price point. The bill of materials has been estimated at over $300, which seems more in the ballpark of "value" for a 10" tablet with these features. I'd priced out a bunch of sub-$300 tablets and none could give me what this one does.

I bought one of these a few months back when they were first Wooted, and I love mine. I paid $25 more than this and still think that was a great price! I'd contemplated an iPad, and this has many of the hardware features for significantly less. I easily set it up to dual boot WebOS and ICS, which is the best of both worlds. There's not much that I've wanted to do on this tablet and haven't been able to do.

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Just opened mine up from the last time this was on woot. Thing is smooooooth so far. It'll be dual booted with android very shortly....

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Should note the case will crack around the speakers. It's not if but when. I use the Hp rubber edge case. still cracks with gentle use. Very little out of house. I prefer the ipad, but I am going to give Android a go with it. The camera sucks do not consider it as a purchase point. webos touch lang sucks, but flash works. Over all it is worth the current asking price.