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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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What would it take to fly?
By Belard on 5/24/2011 11:04:01 AM , Rating: 2
WebOS, based off of PalmOS - but I'm is vastly different... should do pretty good. But as an Android and iPad owner, I see why Android fails as a tablet... and in some ways, as a phone.

#1 ) Proper product Support from the maker (Apple, Samsung, Motorola,etc)

This means timely and use-able updates. My NOV-2010 Samsung Android has YET to be updated sine the day I got it. Yet, Froyo has been out for a VERY long time. WTF?! Features and GPS functionality are fixed and improved. As a consumer, I'll have to ROOT the phone to get the Android update?

Its utter BS, its fail on Samsung, Google and AT&T. I don't care WHO specifically is to blame. Its a Google OS, on a Samsung built product sold by at&t.

I bought an iPad, I let it do its update out of the box. Great!

2 ) Functionality of the OS: Android 3.0 looks pretty good... getting there. But everything should be very easy to find and do.
I'll be honest, my iPad works easier than my Android phone.

3 ) Apps... its the quality, not so much the amount of apps. Since most Apple Apps costs money, they can afford to develop better apps.

4 ) Price. Apple is actually no more expensive than most Android (XOOM is expensive). But Apple's system is more profitable than Android tablet makers. :( ASUS Transformer has a good price at $400 and a sweat design.

HP may do good... its how they promote and properly make their tablet. If its anything like their PCs, I don't think it'll do well. ie: low quality avg hardware that is stuffed with ad-ware.

The TOUGHEST thing for all the competitors is to have a product that is equal to or better than the Apple iPad.

- hardware, nobody is better (they are not worse either).

- 3rd party hardware: Apples standard connector keeps all add-ons compatible. Not possible with Androids, the makers will use what ever connector and location they so choose.

- Apps: Nobody touches apple here. :(

- Price: Other than ASUS which makes good products or the cheap junk, nobody is beating them here either.

I bet, only NOKIA will be the Windows Tablet maker... but we're not sure how that is going to pan out. A desktop heavy Win8 OS or an upscaled Win7Phone OS?

Think an iPad3 will be in my future... :)

PS: I build and work on PCs, etc. Never ever bought an Apple product in my life (until the iPad-1 a month or so ago).

With games only being made for Playstations and Xbox for the most part. An AppleOS computer is looking attractive... except:
(A) I don't want an AIO Mac.
(B) I won't spend $2000+ for their desktop.

Sigh... they need to make a $500~800 small expandable single-CPU desktop. (ie: ability to put in 2-3 HDs)

RE: What would it take to fly?
By justjc on 5/25/2011 5:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but I have to correct some of the worst wrongs in your post.

First of all WebOS is not based off PalmOS. The relation between the two is that early WebOS devices, prior to WebOS 2.0, had a Palm OS ROM installed to make the Classic app able to run PalmOS apps. WebOS is based on a Linux kernel.

Second there are actually Windows tablets, not from Nokia, on the market today. As an example HP have been selling the Windows 7 driven HP Slate 500 for around seven months.

Third there is no such thing as AppleOS and newer has been. Closest things are Apple DOS and Mac OS, the later being used on current Apple PCs in version 10(X).

"Mac OS X is like living in a farmhouse in the country with no locks, and Windows is living in a house with bars on the windows in the bad part of town." -- Charlie Miller
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