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Topic # 87361 27-Jul-2011 09:59
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It seems the HP touchPad will be available in New Zealand very shortly... I was very impressed with this tablet while attending the HP Discover (my unofficial blog with some videos is on www.discoveringhp.com). 

Who is interested and who will be buying those here?

 




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  Reply # 498382 27-Jul-2011 10:14
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I was until they took forever to launch it. I bought an ipad 2 instead.

I would be much more interested in them selling the Pre 3 here, if it ever is released.

Until at least recently the palm nz site shows the instructions for the treo...

Why HP do you taunt me so?

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  Reply # 498394 27-Jul-2011 10:34
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The review of the device isn't that flash.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/29/hp-touchpad-review/

I would take any Android tablet any day, just for the wide range of apps available.

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  Reply # 498632 27-Jul-2011 18:32
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I'm waiting until December to get a tablet in the US. By then, HP should have release an update to their tablet to address the issues. I'm torn between the TouchPad and the Galaxy Tab.




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  Reply # 499907 30-Jul-2011 22:13
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Apps are over rated in my opinion. A good browser, an E book reader, a video player, document/spreadsheet/powerpoint viewer and editor, Skype, a good calendar/appointments manager and the ability to run a physical keyboard are the important bits for me.

The touch pad looks ok to me




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  Reply # 500631 2-Aug-2011 04:11
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I honestly have been waiting years for some sort of WebOS device to hit our shores.

I looked at importing a Pre then a Pre 2 but gave up on the idea when Palm / HP were too boneheaded to allow app store access to anyone outside their "supported countries" (Read US, UK and Germany mainly). Answer me this: When you have a product, not doing so well in local markets, why not offer it up globally to tech enthusiasts, hackers and international developers? At least then you might get more apps.

The nail in the coffin was with the Pre 3 announced in February this year. It has still failed to make it to market. The iPhone 5 will be out eventually and devour any chance of Pre 3 making a splash.

WebOS seemed to have everything right with the UI concept. A shame that no one at HP or Palm was capable of making it work.

I talked to someone who works at HP (back when iPad 2 came out), they were amazed at how fast Apple moves to release new products. The general feeling was that HP just couldn't move that fast in it's current form.... so that gives me no hope for the Touchpad. I'd like to be proved wrong though.... would be nice to have another viable platform.

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  Reply # 500651 2-Aug-2011 08:21
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I was expecting some more aggresive pricing. I don't know how competitive they'll be against the ipad at that same price point.

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  Reply # 500919 2-Aug-2011 17:11
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CutCutCut: I was expecting some more aggresive pricing. I don't know how competitive they'll be against the ipad at that same price point.


Have you compared the NZD price V the USD price.  Based on the USD price and current exchange rates the NZD price should be around $570 got the 16GB model.  I'm not sure how their suggested price here in New Zealand will go down with local prospective purchasers.

Here's a link to a stuff article. http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/5367077/HP-confident-Kiwis-will-pay-40pc-more-for-TouchPad 




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  Reply # 500967 2-Aug-2011 18:56
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With an arrogant statement from HP "HP confident Kiwis will pay 40pc more for TouchPad" hope people boycott it.

Pretty common for US companies to take this attitude. Apple is a typical example of this..




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  Reply # 501024 2-Aug-2011 20:39
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Technofreak:
CutCutCut: I was expecting some more aggresive pricing. I don't know how competitive they'll be against the ipad at that same price point.


Have you compared the NZD price V the USD price.  Based on the USD price and current exchange rates the NZD price should be around $570 got the 16GB model.  I'm not sure how their suggested price here in New Zealand will go down with local prospective purchasers.

Here's a link to a stuff article. http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/5367077/HP-confident-Kiwis-will-pay-40pc-more-for-TouchPad 


Yeah I actually commented on it in a thread I started about the iPad http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=76&TopicId=87392&page_no=2

I just saw that story about the All Blacks Jerseys being nearly half the price if you order them from overseas. http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/shopping-around-new-abs-jersey-can-pay-off-4337178/video
It's getting a bit ridiculous, there was a comment from an Addidas rep saying the NZ public should support their local retailer. Really? At an extra $90 - 100? Come on Addidas. His reason for the high price here seemed to be that they invested heavily in local retailers.


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  Reply # 501037 2-Aug-2011 21:08
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What about the likes of Adidas supporting the local retailers by having more equitable pricing between here and overseas. No wonder the average New Zealand consumer feels ripped off at times, plus the retailers having to battle these sorts of overseas prices.




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  Reply # 501043 2-Aug-2011 21:18
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Technofreak: What about the likes of Adidas supporting the local retailers by having more equitable pricing between here and overseas. No wonder the average New Zealand consumer feels ripped off at times, plus the retailers having to battle these sorts of overseas prices.


It also mentioned possible region locking of products. I can just see the NZ consumer being even more annoyed, being able to see how cheap other countries sell it for but not having the option to buy it for that price.

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  Reply # 505179 11-Aug-2011 20:13
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16Gb Touchpad is now $679 in NZ.  I had a play with one at Noel Leeming today.  Very nice.  I have a Palm Pre and really like the usabilty of Webos and saw the tablet as a natural progression.

Quite impressed by it.  Hardware not up to the IPAD2 but the OS kicks butt.  Just hope there are no crazy geo restrictions on the apps likes there has been in the previous Pre which I had to get from overseas..

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  Reply # 505199 11-Aug-2011 20:46
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I notice they have dropped the prices too in NZ - after HP dropped prices permanently in the US. Well done!

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  Reply # 505238 11-Aug-2011 21:47
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Also saw at Noels' today. Nice innovation with the charge pad, makes the tablet appear more functional as a pickup-&-play device. Wireless keypad looked good too.

If they sold it as a package, with one of their handsets, to take advantage of some of it's unique features they'd gain more traction

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  Reply # 505247 11-Aug-2011 22:08
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yes the touchstones are great. I have one for the pre. No connectors.

will take a closer look over the week.

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