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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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doesn't matter
By Motoman on 5/23/2011 3:46:03 PM , Rating: 3
Ultimately, it doesn't matter what anyone else don't compete with Apple.

If Apple's product automatically fired photon torpedoes at passing kittens and puppies, spewed acid in your eyes at random intervals while looking at it, and automatically took and uploaded naked pictures of you to your FB page (and if you didn't have a FB page, would make one for you first)...and your product cured cancer, generated more power than it consumed, and laid golden eggs every hour on the hour, Apple would still crush you in the market.

...because you're product isn't Apple.

RE: doesn't matter
By icanhascpu on 5/26/2011 1:49:42 AM , Rating: 2
A lot of that is mainly due to the lack of business leading the way like Apple has been in its chosen sectors. Apple tried to get into the tablet market ages ago and failed due to people simply not being ready for it yet. Ask a doctor that used to use a Newton how he feels about that device. It was loved, but by too few.

There was years between then and now and no one could do it correctly. It wasn't about competition, so don't make it out to be. It is now, but that is after the fact. The people that arn't following, are leading, so don't blame Apple, Google, MS, Intel or any other leader for being at the top when most businesses are too scared to risk anything anymore.

Also, it's "your" not "you're" ..'product isn't Apple.'

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