If our review scared you off of the HP TouchPad with webOS you may want to give the tablet a second chance, as buying the device from HP directly this weekend will net you a $100 discount.
The deal, first reported by PreCentral, says buying the 16 GB TouchPad directly from HP.com from Aug. 5-7 will get you the $100 instant rebate but it looks like the 32 GB model will still have the full cost. The retail store Staples will be doling out a $100 coupon for either version of the webOS tablet but that will also only last through the weekend.
Of course, one has to wonder why the sudden discount. The HP TouchPad was killed in reviews because the software just wasn’t ready and the hardware seemed just average. With a new software update just being pushed out, the software is finally ready for prime time but it may be too late.
Even if the TouchPad flops, it wouldn’t be the first tablet to be crushed by the Apple iPad. Apple was able to ship 9.25 million iPads last quarter and I don’t even know if the rest of the tablet market has reached that figure for the year.