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  Reply # 512714 26-Aug-2011 21:22
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dclegg: Well, we fought the good fight, but Mobicity have confirmed they will not be moving on the price. They are also taking up the issue of incorrect information given to me by the online CSR, with her manager. Good luck with securing cheap TouchPads elsewhere fellow Geekzoners, and I'm sorry this deal didn't pan out.


Thanks David.. 

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  Reply # 512751 26-Aug-2011 23:50
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dclegg: Well, we fought the good fight, but Mobicity have confirmed they will not be moving on the price. They are also taking up the issue of incorrect information given to me by the online CSR, with her manager. Good luck with securing cheap TouchPads elsewhere fellow Geekzoners, and I'm sorry this deal didn't pan out.


Thanks for trying. I'm noticing something interesting with both the eBay and amazon prices. If we look at these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0056UOUC8/ == 16GB Touchpad from $228 USD.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0055D66V4/ == 32GB Touchpad from $285 USD.

Just a day or two ago, the 32GB was going for USD $300 or more (sometimes eBay auctions were closing for less) and the 16GB for around USD $250, so it is possible we are seeing a certain level of demand has been met and prices are dropping a little and could fall further in time.

Perhaps the same will happen here for those that are patient. Might pay to wait a little while and we could see better prices than offered from Mobicity.

http://www.mobicity.co.nz/catalogsearch/result/?q=touchpad  == NZD $299 and $369 for 16GB and 32GB.






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  Reply # 512752 27-Aug-2011 00:11
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FTR, here is Mobicity's explanation of their pricing strategy, https://twitter.com/mobicity/status/107058289933684736.

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  Reply # 512753 27-Aug-2011 02:38
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dclegg: Well, we fought the good fight, but Mobicity have confirmed they will not be moving on the price. They are also taking up the issue of incorrect information given to me by the online CSR, with her manager. Good luck with securing cheap TouchPads elsewhere fellow Geekzoners, and I'm sorry this deal didn't pan out.


Thank you for putting in so much effort trying to find these at a good price for us, shame it didn't work out in the end but that is how things go sometimes.

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  Reply # 512767 27-Aug-2011 08:29
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alexx:
dclegg: Well, we fought the good fight, but Mobicity have confirmed they will not be moving on the price. They are also taking up the issue of incorrect information given to me by the online CSR, with her manager. Good luck with securing cheap TouchPads elsewhere fellow Geekzoners, and I'm sorry this deal didn't pan out.


Thanks for trying. I'm noticing something interesting with both the eBay and amazon prices. If we look at these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0056UOUC8/ == 16GB Touchpad from $228 USD.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0055D66V4/ == 32GB Touchpad from $285 USD.

Just a day or two ago, the 32GB was going for USD $300 or more (sometimes eBay auctions were closing for less) and the 16GB for around USD $250, so it is possible we are seeing a certain level of demand has been met and prices are dropping a little and could fall further in time.

Perhaps the same will happen here for those that are patient. Might pay to wait a little while and we could see better prices than offered from Mobicity.

http://www.mobicity.co.nz/catalogsearch/result/?q=touchpad == NZD $299 and $369 for 16GB and 32GB.



I was thinking the same, once the fuss has died down the prices will fall on sites like TradeMe. Also there will be sales from people who bought just for curiosity sake due to the attracrive price then resell aiming to recoup their costs.

It won't take too long for the market to die off.




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  Reply # 512779 27-Aug-2011 09:07
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if honeycomb or ics gets ported to this expect 500$ price range as it could be comparable to the galaxy tab

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  Reply # 512780 27-Aug-2011 09:20
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draculahowsby: if honeycomb or ics gets ported to this expect 500$ price range as it could be comparable to the galaxy tab

Isn't it really slow though?

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  Reply # 512781 27-Aug-2011 09:23
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1.2ghz dual core then can be clocked to 1.5 easy,1gb ram its not slow at all

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  Reply # 512783 27-Aug-2011 09:26
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Heard some rumour about iPad 2 running webOS twice as fast as the TouchPad? Not sure if true.

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  Reply # 512784 27-Aug-2011 09:28
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its true, hp engineers performed the test i believe

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  Reply # 512787 27-Aug-2011 09:42
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And in that case does it not suggest the Touchpad is sluggish or am I missing something?

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  Reply # 512790 27-Aug-2011 09:57
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ahmad: Heard some rumour about iPad 2 running webOS twice as fast as the TouchPad? Not sure if true.

If that is true then that makes a pretty clear case for HP to have dropped it as they did...
..and you'd hope they dropped the design engineers along with it. 

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  Reply # 512796 27-Aug-2011 10:09
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your right it is sluggish compared to a iPad, but lets face it it will be faster then any other tablet in the 300-400 range and has the reliability of a major manufacturer and not some Chinese knockoff

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  Reply # 512797 27-Aug-2011 10:13
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I'd have to agree with the above posters, with time as people start to forget or realise they don't actually need another tablet or they are not happy with it prices may come down. I'd also assume if the android port takes too long then people will begin selling as many bought on the basis of having android run on it.

Will be interested to see the effect in the local market i.e trademe as it doesn't sound like there were many in the country to begin with. Although the Harvery Norman and JB stock I presume still needs to be sold? Unless the New Zealand distributors have already allocated the stock to full other orders. The next week should be interesting.

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  Reply # 512801 27-Aug-2011 10:20
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draculahowsby: your right it is sluggish compared to a iPad, but lets face it it will be faster then any other tablet in the 300-400 range and has the reliability of a major manufacturer and not some Chinese knockoff


That was my basis for purchasing from MobiCity at $300, realistically at that price there are not many tablets that compete with it, I looked for alternatives on Amazon, eBay and also the chinese websites and this looks like the best you will get for this sort of price. Although if I paid an extra couple of hundred I could have a full android tablet, I managed to get my accessories for this for around $100 (Protector, touchstone, case), taking total purchase to $420. For that price and all that was included there isn't much better.

I'd say some degree of my purchase at a higher price was in the spirit of the moment I don't believe I will end up regretting it. If I do, i'll just sell at most likely a lower price and take the loss.

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