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HP TouchPad
When first place just isn't enough...

HP has been dominating the computer market in shipments and market share for the past few years. The company is the largest computer shipper in the world and is far ahead of the second place company in the computer realm. In the world of HP, that apparently equates to better than number one. 

HP is trying to step into the tablet market with its new TouchPad tablet that runs WebOS. The TouchPad was announced back in February and it sounds interesting with a 9.7-inch screen and other goodies under the hood. Many are wondering at this point if there is enough room in the tablet market for another major OS. 

Apple is dominating the tablet market with the iPad, but HP seems to think there is a place for it not only at the top of the tablet market, but at a threshold even higher. 

HP's European head Eric Cador has bragged that the company will be emulating its success in the computer market in the tablet market and that HP's TouchPad will be "better than number one."

Cador said, "In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus."

For HP to release anything resembling “number one plus” it will need to draw developers to make apps for the WebOS platform very quickly and the apps will need to be first rate. If Android tablets have taught the tablet world anything, it is that consumers will not buy your offerings based on boasts and name recognition. HP has said in the past that apps that run on the web will be easily adapted to run on WebOS as well.

Cador added, "Only one company plays in both the consumer and business and world. We tend to talk about technologies. But the way the user is going to look at tablets means it’s about experience. The way the corporate is going to look at it is to say that its employees, who are also consumers, have got to like it and it’s got to be secure. We’re going to deliver that. Beyond that, it’s about marketing and branding."



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4:3?
By SiliconJon on 5/23/2011 12:49:02 PM , Rating: -1
A 4:3 ratio, better than wut? Let me guess, mono speakers are the icing on the cake! It will have at least 16-bit color, right?

Yeah, the Apple iPad was the same, but you know how those Apple Fanpersons are - not something ANY other tech firm should target for sales. I want widescreen. Am I in the minority?




RE: 4:3?
By Cheesetogo on 5/23/2011 12:57:47 PM , Rating: 3
4:3 makes far more sense for productivity. Do you write on "widescreen" paper? Read "widescreen" books? No, those things are much closer to a 4:3 ratio than 16:9. If you want a 16:9 tablet, buy one of the other half dozen that are already on the market. It's about time that someone besides Apple put one out.


RE: 4:3?
By Reclaimer77 on 5/23/2011 1:05:47 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I have 10 things to watch media on, I don't also need a tablet to be 16:9 too.


RE: 4:3?
By drycrust3 on 5/23/2011 3:22:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I have 10 things to watch media on, ...

That is dangerous talk. Sure, You have ten things you can watch one or two forms of media on, but soon those marketing people will have you believing that 9 of those 10 are antiques and that to save money you just need to buy this "moderately priced" dohickey that lets you watch ALL media on. TV ... gone, cell phone ... gone, books ... gone, magazines ... gone, going out to the movies ... gone, street map ... gone, desktop PC ... gone, laptop ... gone, etc all gone, all replaced by the ????Pad.


RE: 4:3?
By SPOOFE on 5/23/2011 6:24:29 PM , Rating: 2
At one point in time movie studios were worried that television would stop people from going to the movies.

That was half a century ago.

I think your concerns are similarly unfounded. Edgar Rice Burroughs proved that multimedia works.


RE: 4:3?
By KoolAidMan1 on 5/24/2011 3:56:21 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. 4:3 in a 10" display gives you more vertical desktop space to work with when using it in landscape mode, and it is better from a physical ergonomic standpoint as you demonstrated with your book and page examples.


RE: 4:3?
By icanhascpu on 5/26/2011 1:57:07 AM , Rating: 2
Actually 16:9 would make more sense for productivity. One way is much easier to read web paged and longer articles not to mention forums and 1000 other things. The other way allows more space for viewing documents and messing around in apps; games or productivity.

Im thinking its the way it is due to mass producing the screen and its costs.


RE: 4:3?
By Conner on 5/23/2011 1:12:10 PM , Rating: 1
I'm assuming that HP will be going for the mass market, not the niche...
If there's one thing HP knows how to do its shrinking profit margins and pushing competitors out of the market. You hear HP you think free printer, not high quality (your choice of product) available.


RE: 4:3?
By marvdmartian on 5/23/2011 3:36:29 PM , Rating: 1
I don't mind that, but I wish someone would consider coming out with a bigger sized screen tablet. Somewhere around 12 or 13 inches. Some of us old timers have a harder time reading off of those small screens!


RE: 4:3?
By Belard on 5/24/2011 10:35:18 AM , Rating: 1
Because wide-screen, especially extra wide-screen like todays 16:9 are too damn skinny.

The 4:3 1024x768 gives you more comfortable screen area when looking at websites and reading books. Even the ASUS Transformer and Eeepad are 1024x768. Their slightly smaller 8.9" tablet is 1024x600.

Watching video on an ipad is fine... but even with a 16:9 screen, there are still videos out there with black bars on top and bottom.

You want Widescreen? There are plenty of Android XOOMs and Samsungs out there with their wide screens. Huh? Actually, we and other people do use iPads for sales. They work very well... and I'm thrilled that they are NOT wide-screen.


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