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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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RE: Slow and a little kludgey...
By Solandri on 11/15/2012 2:28:30 PM , Rating: 4
No, no, no. That is only if you have last years model of Apple computers. Don't you know that this years model is twice as good, but of course only half as good as next years model.

The thing is, it's really, really hard to tell last year's model Macbook from this year's model. They're all called Macbook (or Macbook Pro), look nearly identical, and Apple does a great job hiding the model numbers both on the laptop (you have to remove the battery) and on their website (Wikipedia is more useful).

That's the reason they hold their value so well - a lot of computer illiterate people in the market for them who can't tell apart a current model from one 3 years old. My cousin called me asking for some help buying a Macbook from his school's store. He had found one they'd marked down to $800 (from $1100), but wanted to be sure it was a good buy. The store wouldn't let him remove the battery to see the model number, so he had to read me the advertised specs (GHz, RAM, disk space, and ports) and I had to go try to match them to a model. It turned out to be a 3-year old model. A Core 2 Duo when the current gen had Sandy Bridge.

I'm sure some marketer will spout something about image consistency and providing a uniform user experience, and the droves of fans will unwittingly agree. I call it taking advantage of people buying outside their comfort zone to rip them off by hiding depreciated components from them.

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