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HP fears no tablet

When Microsoft announced that it was getting into the first-party hardware market with its own line of tablets, it left a lot of Microsoft partners in the PC industry unhappy. One of the most vocal was Acer, which was clearly unhappy with having to compete directly against Microsoft in the tablet market.

Chairman and chief executive of Acer, JT Wang, said in an interview not long after Surface was announced, "We have said [to Microsoft] think it over.  Think twice. It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice."

While Acer is clearly unhappy with having to compete against the Surface RT tablet and other Microsoft tablets, other computer manufacturers don't seem to mind at all. Lenovo for instance hasn't had an issue at all in competing with Surface on the market today.
 
On the other hand, HP’s PC business chief Todd Bradley took a few shots at Surface in an interview with IDG Enterprise. "I'd hardly call Surface competition," said Bradley. "[It has] very limited distribution. It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it .... It's expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe."

HP executive John Solomon took a more diplomatic approaching, stating, "I believe Microsoft was basically making a leadership statement and showing what's possible in the tablet space. Our relationship has not changed at all due to Microsoft's announcement. In fact, I applaud it -- I think it's great that they are getting out in front and [showing] what's possible."

Solomon added, “We will be very focused on the commercial tablet opportunity, which is completely under-penetrated. And, we have some unique intellectual property that we’re going to apply.”

Sources: The Verge, AllThingsD



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He's right about one thing.
By lightfoot on 11/15/2012 11:31:07 AM , Rating: 2
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"I'd hardly call Surface competition," said Bradley. "[It has] very limited distribution. It tends to be slow and a little kludgey as you use it .... It's expensive. Holistically, the press has made a bigger deal out of Surface than what the world has chosen to believe."

The slow kludgey Surface device beats the hell out of any HP product I've ever used. So he's right. The Surface isn't competition to HP. For it to be competition, HP would need a device that could compete with it.




RE: He's right about one thing.
By jimbojimbo on 11/15/2012 3:12:08 PM , Rating: 2
I have yet to see either device in person so I think they're both having problems.


RE: He's right about one thing.
By drycrust3 on 11/16/2012 1:18:42 AM , Rating: 2
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For it to be competition, HP would need a device that could compete with it.

The problem isn't so much that HP don't have any comparable product, but that their Board of Directors don't want them to have any comparable product. Bradley can say what he likes, the simple fact is the Directors don't want HP to make tablets.


RE: He's right about one thing.
By NellyFromMA on 11/16/2012 2:15:55 PM , Rating: 2
How can that even be true? HP currently does make enterprise tablets unless I am mistaken. If not, they are going to be any time now.

It's not a 1st party OS offering, its W8Pro but that doesn't mean they don't have tablets for sale or that their Board of Director's doesn't want them to have one.

Frankly, their realizing that their WebOS offering wasn't competitive and wouldn't be in the long wrong was about the only worthwhile decision they've ever made.

Now they are only 99% incompetent instead of 100%.


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