Saturday, August 20, 2011

HP TouchPad is hard sell even for $99

HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 16GB - Available Now! HP TouchPads

Price: $99.00*
Originally: $499.00*

For this price, this is a good device.

Add to cart, try checkout, after a few minutes if fails with unhanded (classic) .ASP error dump.
"stack overflow"

Try one more time, now it fails again
Microsoft VBScript compilation error '800a03e9'
Out of memory
/LM/W3SVC/600510919/Root/dstore/global.asa, line 0

At least, there is a "chat with sales expert".
A catch: only M-F, 8AM-8PM ET. No hope.

No problem, there is "call back" option by phone.
A catch: somebody will call you in 2 days!

Call by phone: "your expected wait time is more than 60 minutes..."

There is nothing "wrong" with classic ASP, except that this is technology
replaced 10 years ago with ASP.NET. 5 "generations" behind current.
And there is nothing wrong with limited working ours, for offline stores.

The user experience with Amazon, or Apple, or Dell is simply much better.
"One click", instant chat, call-back in seconds... It just works...
So, market forces are "taking care" of inefficiency...

HP, if you need help with making a modern and scalable web site, Microsoft Azure is waiting...
And instead of $2+B "write-off", you could hire many capable developers...

HP Tablet: How to Find a Deeply Discounted HP TouchPad

TouchPad @

HP's Lack of Invention is Why webOS Failed

HP has sold 350,000 TouchPads this weekend

Strangely enough, HP apparently did somehow sell the inventory
and now there is a site to sign for alerts when more TouchPads become available.
Even that site is overwhelmed ("Server too busy")

At the end, HP may achieve to make TouchPad #2 seller tablet (due to low cost).
And all those new owners will be a great market to be served by apps.
Amazon could create a marketplace for them, too :)
Android will be ported on this hardware, why not?
Microsoft could sell Windows 8 for that hardware...

Imagine if this "situation" was handled
* by somebody who really care about webOS.
HP could have offered devices to mobile App developers, for free or $99
for those who who already published iPhone, Android or WinPhone7 apps.
Publish an app, keep the device. No application, return the device, get money back.
There would be thousands of apps in short time, and some real sales...
* by somebody technical, who cares about money:
they could have set an online auction... like Google IPO...

It's Apps... Microsoft gives Windows Phones To WebOS Developers

Microsoft Dangles Windows Phones To WebOS Developers

To Any Published WebOS Devs: We'll give you what you need to be successful on #WindowsPhone, [including] free phones, dev tools, and training, etc,"
- tweet by Brandon Watson, director for Windows Phone 7