dealshp touchpad wi-fi 32 gb 9.7-inch tablet computer…

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A year ago I would have recommended this item. Now it really shows it's age. The OS is now dead and HP isn't going to be getting many more apps. So if you enjoy having a portable tablet for just websurfing it might be worth it, but for games and other stuff there are cheaper options out there now a days.

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Wow, it's almost back down to the fire sale price.

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The "similar deals" off to the side has a refurbed Motorola Xoom for $209 (if 10" tablet is important to you), and you can get a Nexus 7 brand new from Google for $199 (I'd recommend if 7" is fine).

If you're thinking about getting this, spend the extra $20-$30 and get one of those instead. Slightly better hardware and an up to date OS.

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@agent019: You are only partially correct. There are instructions out there that are super easy to follow to install andriod on it. I did it to mine and now have it dual boot to either Web Os or Android. It actually made mine work better!! I've been downloading android apps and using them on it. The only thing is there are a few bugs that I don't know if they fixed yet; ie camera not working when booted to the android Os.

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I traded mine for a dell streak - yet another decommissioned tablet, but with more options - like an android OS that works without quirks, an HDMI out dock, 4g connectivity, and a smaller size. I bought it slightly used for what I sold the Hp for.

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Sorry. It's going to take a lot better deal than this to take the taste out of my mouth from the HP sale we had for 99 and 149 where no public people ever got one. And now you want to sell your out of date crap for top dollar? No thanks. I'm insulted.

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@jlarson2gmail: You missed that these are not 'new old stock' at this price, they are refurbs at this price.

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@jlarson2gmail: Lots of "public" people got one, myself and many of my friends included, straight from HP, during the original sale even.

As others have said, it's pretty easy to throw CyanogenMod 9 on the TP now, and other than the camera, it works great, and even that is partially working in a test build from a member of the community. I don't even remember the last time I booted it into WebOS, as it's been so long. Even so, HP open-sourced WebOS as well via http://www.openwebosproject.org/ so you may get updates that way if you do want to use WebOS.

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@jlarson2gmail: I got one from Amazon during a Lightning Deal at the $99 price back when they did the fire sale, and know of others who also got one, so yes, regular non-insider folks got them. There just weren't many to go around, and several companies sold what they didn't have in stock.

Mine is also dual-boot with Android and WebOS. I wish WebOS had taken off... it's so simple and switching between apps is brilliantly handled. I actually prefer it over Android. Too bad it's basically pointless, since there are so few apps on that OS. Still, it handles web, email, and e-reading very well.

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webOS is slick for what it works with. Browsing and email are nice. Media playback is nice as well, but you'll probably need to transcode anything you want to watch. Some things don't work well (like some extremely interactive web sites) and the hardware is a bit slow sometimes, but the screen is nice, battery life is decent, and the form factor is beautiful. I bought a case and touchstone wireless charger from HP, and aside from the slow-ish performance and lack of an exhaustive app catalogue, I'm happy. For a budget tablet it's great. I'm going to install android once cm10 has audio support, so that I can get netflix. (posted from touchpad 32gb, bought for 249 a while back) YMMV

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@jlarson2gmail: I know five people as well as myself who picked up one during the fire sale. Just because you didn't get one doesn't mean there is some big conspiracy to keep the public away from a discontinued product.

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I always want to get one, So great deal

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@jlarson2gmail: I bought two, direct from HP, during the fire sale. And I don't have any connections with HP other than being a random customer.

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A year ago, I was DYING to get one of these. Now, I'd recommend reconsidering. There are great options out there like the Nexus 7 for $199 and the iPad Mini will likely be announced in a week. Sure, its a 10" tablet, but you're certainly not going to get any support if the screen breaks or whatever and certainly won't be worth the price in another year or so.

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@medlir: I checked out that Open WebOS link but I didn't see where you could install it on a TP (didn't have a chance to read entire site). It seemed like it was just for developers at this point. Did I miss something?

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Don't think it was posted, but here's the starting place for the cyanogenmod 9 for HPTP's: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/HP_Touchpad:_Full_Update_Guide It takes a little tweaking but you can find youtube vids and plenty of online info. (Make sure ou get the googleapps installed, makes app management much easier.) Like others have stated, once I got Android on there, I never looked back at WebOS. Makes these 32Gb tablets VERY worthwhile. I got two - you just need some relatively fresh goats blood, be able to speak a little aramaic, and of course the secret handshake (hint, it involves both hands, one foot, an ear of your choosing, be ready for your groin to itch a few hours). Just remember the cyanogenmods builds are works in progress so adjust your expectations appropriately. For web, email, music, it's just fine.

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I use two of these on a daily basis, one at work and one at home. Using the latest CM9 nightly it is super smooth and responsive, especially overclocked. The Touchstone charging station is a really nice option, I like to be able to just lean it up again the dock when I want to charge instead of having to plug it into something. Personally, I think a 10" tablet is better than a 7" tablet for reading comics, reading PDF schematics and manuals (I fix espresso machines and coffee equipment) and editing/reading documents.

I do wish this had HDMI out and a slot of Micro SDHC card expansion. I also think that it's too large for me to play any intensive games. They look great on the screen but my hands struggle to reach the controls or if I need to swipe something it is hard to hold up the tablet with one hand. Overall I've been really happy with my purchases, even with those problems.

If anyone buys one and has any questions, feel free to ask.

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I love this tablet. Fits all my needs, and like so many I have dual boot Android/WOS. The display is brilliant, connectivity is never a problem and I enjoy what I can do with its capabilities. I think the dispartity comes with the expectation of the buyer, if switching from one OS to another bothers you, then this isn't the touch pad for you, if you don't mind there are still plenty of OS apps for the simple stuff, HP has opend the OS to changes and don't be surprised if you see a modern iteration for this type of machine now that HP is back full steam ahead in the personal computing devices biz. I can skype on the Web OS and angry birds all night on the android build. Unless you're a violent person and use this item to assalt someone, the assembly is well designed and is built to last. Yes, you can find ohter deals that may suit your needs better, but this isn't a dog and doesn't need to be called one just becuase it isn't the "latest& greatest"

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I love my Touchpad, but if I was going to buy a tablet today, it'd be the Nexus 7 hands down.

The lack of true support is kind of a downer, even though XDA has a fairly active forum for it...
I mean, the camera doesn't work, but whatever! (although I have used Skype on it... maybe that was CM7 though...)

If you want a 10" tablet for this price range, I'd grab it.
If you're looking for any tablet in this price range, grab the Nexus 7.

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I bout one of these during the fire sale and honestly I would have been better off getting another tablet. It's okay for general web-surfing but compared to the options that are out there (like a xoom) now it doesn't really hold up. Just a thought for anyone who may be considering this,

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Honestly, why bother purchasing this tablet at this price now? Yes, you can put Android on it but there are still some minor bugs. For this price, you can find a refurb, pre-owned, or even new tablet (if you happen upon the right sale) that supports Android out of the box and has better specs.

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@jlarson2gmail: I'm the one who got to decide which "public" people did or did not receive an HP Touchpad during the firesale. I knew that one day you would complain about it, and that day has come! VINDICATION!!!!

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@bongonizzle: The camera was 'fixed' and now you can Skype with the TouchPad.

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Slap Cyanogenmod 9 on this and you have a pretty good hobbyist tablet with great specs. Buggy though, still.