HP’s website can’t keep up with all the traffic after prices of the HP TouchPad dropped to $99. It appears that HP’s price drop has caused the tablet market to be out of whack. We will have to wait to see how long this shift in buying trends last.
Motorola has already admitted that its Xoom tablet is not longer competitive on the market. It appears that cheaper Honeycomb tablets such as the Acer Icona Tab A500 are selling better. Android lovers are now waiting for the next generation of webOS TouchPad tablet to come out with a dual-core tablet for $99 as well.
One area of consideration is Android’s openness, which offers benefits and disadvantages. On one side it is popular because it allows anyone to be creative and earn money from its open-source platform. But on the other people with hacking skills can transfer OS onto any device they desire. At this point in time many people are taking advantage of this ability.
With that in mind that are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding TouchPad and Android ports. We will have to see how this $99 sale will effect Android tablets in the long run. It is possible that we will see Android tablet manufactures drop their prices dramatically in order to compete with the competition.