HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad or claim No. 2 spot?

HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad or claim No. 2 spot?

Summary: Hewlett-Packard said its Wi-Fi version of its TouchPad will be available in the U.S. July 1 and the door is open to be a tablet contender. After all, other so-called iPad killers have largely flopped.

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Hewlett-Packard said its Wi-Fi version of its TouchPad will be available in the U.S. July 1 and that latest challenger to Apple's iPad should be interesting to watch.

First, the details. HP's TouchPad will be available in the U.S. in a 16GB version for $499 and a 32GB version for $599. Those prices match Apple's iPad and the going rate for tablets. HP will start preorders in North America and Europe June 19.

Globally, the U.K., Canada, Ireland, France and Germany will get the device in mid-July. Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore will get the TouchPad later this year.

With its global bases covered, HP will have the latest in a long line of so-called iPad killers. In a statement, HP touted its WebOS as a key differentiator and alternative. Indeed, the WebOS is sharp, but HP will need the app ecosystems. Related: HP brings WebOS to phones, TouchPad (photos)

All things being equal though, HP's TouchPad could give the iPad some competition. Here's why.

  • Previous efforts to unseat the iPad have flopped. A parade of Android devices have hit the market and largely disappointed. Samsung's 10-inch Galaxy Tab looks like the first suitable Android tablet. Research in Motion's PlayBook may become an enterprise play, but so far hasn't set retail channels ablaze.
  • The inability of those tablet challengers to gain traction means that the door is wide open for the No. 2 slot in the tablet market. Why not the TouchPad? At some point a solid No. 2 will emerge.
  • HP has a retail footprint. HP is hard to beat in the retail shelfspace department. Stores including Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax, Amazon.com, Fry’s and others will carry the TouchPad. That distribution is hard to match.
  • WebOS is appealing. For techies, HP does bring a unique OS to the tablet market. If HP can do interesting interactions via WebOS to its printers and PCs, there could be some mojo there.
  • HP has the enterprise heft to push the TouchPad to businesses.
  • And finally, HP has the scale to lower the price bar on TouchPad should it gain traction initially.

That final point is the wild card. Many iPad rivals have flopped out of the gate early. HP's mission will be to get some early momentum, keep it going and push into its home enterprise turf.

Topics: iPad, Apple, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Tablets

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  • RE: HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad or claim No. 2 spot?

    Until consumers (and Bloggers) actually get their hands on these HP tablets, that question must remain unanswered. Certainly, HP tablet hardware and WebOS bring great potential to this market segment.

    Having said that, the recently announced iOS 5 update seems to have addressed most of the concerns people have voiced during the past 1.5 years about Apple tablets. Only true multitasking for all apps remain beyond iOS capability. (The wireless mirroring of iPad screen content to an HDTV - via Apple TV - is a very nice enhancement to the iPad capabilities. Many professional and home computing activities can benefit from this new ability.)

    Of course, in about eight months after HP tablets go on sale, iPad 3 will most likely enhance the hardware capabilities of the iPad ecosystem. Just something to consider.

    Personally, I suspect Win 8 tablets will be the true competitor to Apple's iPad market share. But only time will tell.
    kenosha77a
    • RE: HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad's or claim No. 2 spot?

      @kenosha7777
      Well said. I totally agree.
      Ram U
      • To be correct, Apple offers 'Task completion' API which basically allows ..

        @Rama.NET: ... any sane code running on the background up to 10 minutes. This is still not true multitasking, but it is quite close (and, in practice, it *is* -- there are not a lot of uses which would need anything more than that).<br><br>As to TouchPad, it has certainly faster CPU for integer calculations, but lacks ARM's SIMD vFPU unit, and it has way weaker Adreno 220 GPU (even though it is a top of Adreno family).

        <b>There is not much 'promising' in TouchPad device technically, and even less platform/ecosystem-wise.</b> But yes, it might compete for #2 spot very well (yet Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is somewhat better for #2).
        DDERSSS
      • @DeRSSS: True Multitasking. Crazy phase of the decade.

        Written by people that don't understand software or systems.
        Bruizer
      • RE: HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad's or claim No. 2 spot?

        @Rama.NET
        not even...g
        GRAYSNAKE
    • Agree, and most people who want a tablet, will wait for Windows 8

      before making a purchase of something that isn't as useful as what Windows 8 promises. <br><br>WebOS is a non-starter, for most people, and the iPad is burdened by being limited to the Apple ecosystem, which is the direction Apple is taking with its iCloud.<br><br>However, I too will take a wait and see attitude with Windows 8 until I see what it actually delivers.
      adornoe
      • ZDNet: Fix your damned comment system

        @adornoe@...
        1) As evidenced repeatedly, you do not speak for most people
        2) useful is in the eye of the beholder, so again, you are not in a position to speak
        3) in what way, pray tell, is the iPad limited to Apple's ecosystem?

        As usual, you speak from a position of willful ignorance.
        Music:
        I can d/l music from just about any source and upload to any iOS device. I can upload songs I RIPed from CD. No Apple anywhere.
        Video:
        Likewise. I can also stream content via the various apps, such as netflix and of course YouTube, and if I must have flash, I can use iSwifter.
        ANY vendor or content provider can make an HTML5 app, and it will run on iOS. No Apple anywhere.
        Photos:
        There are any number of photo editing and cataloguing apps, as well as online editors which have no affiliation with Apple, and work fine on the iPad.
        Messaging:
        Again, any number of apps, but also web-based messagers that have NO affiliation with Apple.

        You just simply are not qualified to comment.
        DeusXMachina
      • RE: HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad's or claim No. 2 spot?

        @adorn@...
        Well said, same boat here

        @DeusXMachina
        And what gives a hard-headed Apple fanboy like you the right to speak? As always, you're just a die-hard iDiot who can't see the benefits of non-Apple products over Apple products.
        MrElectrifyer
      • MrElectrifyer: Well stated!

        DeusXMachina needs to get out more from that Apple cloud that "clouds" his thinking.

        He's so much an Apple fanboi that his thinking is "clouded" and is acting more like a proud grandmother who will ask anybody in close proximity if they'd like to see pictures of her grandchildren. With DeusX, he's acting like the proud gramma of Apple. Very insecure.
        adornoe
        • DeuX: you sound simply like an Apple buffon, in love with all things Apple,

          and with no desire to listen to other opinions.<br><br>The fact remains that Apple is building an Apple ecosystem, and the only thing that they can't control with their technology, is what people can access on the internet from their gadgets. <br><br>However, with iCloud, those things could change for the worse, with Apple controlling anything and everything you do from their version of "cloud". <br><br>As a "beholder", you are too biased to have any semblance of credibility.
          adornoe
      • ZDnet: fix your damned comment system

        @MrElectrifyer

        "And what gives a hard-headed Apple fanboy like you the right to speak?"

        To quote a somewhat well-known figure, I believe that right to be unalienable. There is a HUGE difference between the right to speak an the right to speak for others.

        "As always, you're just a die-hard iDiot who can't see the benefits of non-Apple products over Apple products."

        1) Your posting history makes it clear that your towering intellect overshadows all. (Not)
        2) Please post ANY proof that this is the case. I use MANY non-Apple products, do NOT own an iPad, DO own an Android device, and will back up ANY of my positions with facts.
        DeusXMachina
        • ZDnet: fix your damned comment system

          @adornoe

          "and with no desire to listen to other opinions."

          That's funny coming from the person who presumes to talk for everybody.

          "The fact remains that Apple is building an Apple ecosystem, and the only thing that they can't control with their technology, is what people can access on the internet from their gadgets."

          And the fact remains that Apple COULD restrict access no what people can access, but instead design their products specifically TO access these non-Apple services.

          "However, with iCloud, those things could change for the worse, with Apple controlling anything and everything you do from their version of 'cloud'."

          Oh really? Given what Apple has announced, how is that, exactly?

          As someone whose posts are routinely shown to be factually inaccurate, you are too uninformed to have any semblance of credibility.
          DeusXMachina
      • RE: HP's TouchPad lands July 1: Can it challenge Apple's iPad's or claim No. 2 spot?

        @adornoe@... Flogging Windows 8 tablets before a prototype has even been demonstrated is more than a bit premature. All Microsoft is likely to deliver in the event is another slow Windows PC to add to the bevy of slow netbooks already out there. Even though some Windows 8 tablets are slated to use a new Intel low power CPU (with the 3D 22 nanometer chip), which presumably won't have the limitations ARM processors currently impose on Windows, it's still a stretch to think they will deliver decent performance at a price that competes with the iPad and other media tablets. Besides a new CPU, they will require a much larger flash drive on which to install Windows and the Microsoft software that it's supposed to support, and it will need more RAM to handle the full Windows and Windows application overhead. High capacity NAND storage alone is likely to push such a tablet over of the $1,000 price point.

        There may be a niche for this iteration of Windows tablets (though this is an optimistic projection given Microsoft's tablet PC track record), but, even if Windows 8 can deliver an alternative media tablet savvy touch interface environment (as has been advertised for the tablet version of Windows 8) such a tablet won't be a competitor for the iPad.

        Some day the hardware to support Windows in a media tablet form factor may make Microsoft's ambitions of a competitive tablet viable. But that day is not yet upon us.
        thewhitedog
      • DeusX: Try some real logic for a change, or at least the facts.

        <b>"and with no desire to listen to other opinions."</b><br><br>That's still the case, when it comes to your attitude, as demonstrated by each and every one of your posts.<br><br><i>That's funny coming from the person who presumes to talk for everybody.</i><br><br>That's funny, when someone considers that, I don't engage in most discussions and will only input my thoughts without pretending to speak for others, which is something that you are very guilty of. If I have a difference of opinion, I'll let you know, and sometimes, strongly, and that's not the same as speaking for others. Your statement fails the test of "logic". (I know you adore that word. <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink"> )<br><br><b>"The fact remains that Apple is building an Apple ecosystem, and the only thing that they can't control with their technology, is what people can access on the internet from their gadgets."</b><br><br><i>And the fact remains that Apple COULD restrict access no what people can access, but instead design their products specifically TO access these non-Apple services.</i><br><br>Makes no sense. <br><br>Apple is building an ecosystem to service their gadgets, and to control what Apple customers can access via those gadgets through iCloud. Sure, the internet will be accessible, but, I don't think they had a choice there, but if they could, they would do it. BTW, can people use their iGadgets to access porn? I know I wouldn't use it for that purpose, and most people wouldn't use them for that purpose either, but, if someone was so inclined, would iPPLE allow people to do so with no restrictions, other than what the ISPs would control?<br><br><b>"However, with iCloud, those things could change for the worse, with Apple controlling anything and everything you do from their version of 'cloud'."</b><br><br>That's still what it sounds like, considering the material that's been put out concerning iCloud.<br> <br><i>Oh really? Given what Apple has announced, how is that, exactly?</i><br><br>Being as restrictive as Apple has been with their products, iCloud and the whole ecosystem will be gauged towards control of anything that Apple makes and the type of traffic that will flow through them. <br><br><i>As someone whose posts are routinely shown to be factually inaccurate, you are too uninformed to have any semblance of credibility. </i><br><br>Oh, how cute. Trying to toss may own words back at me. There's not an original thought in that mind of yours, is there? And, you still have no credibility whatsoever. (And, hey, don't try that trick where you pull out your "experience as a professor who taught logic and calculus in college"; it doesn't work with me). Before you gain any kind of credibility, you have to start sounding like a grown-up.
        adornoe
      • Actually replying to DeusXMachina

        DeusXMachina... The points on Apple ties are valid. As an ipad and iphone user through work, with free use of both, I have spent MY cash on an Asus Transformer. Why do I want to tether myself to itunes to plop music and more importantly, films onto my ipad? Why would I want to plug in an adapter to use SD cards? Why would I NOT want to copy photographs easily whilst on vacation? There are so many reasons NOT to tie yourself to itunes and Apple.

        Personally I'm all digital, without itunes. Sure one kid has it for her ipod and that makes sense. Thats populated in the main via WHS, a NAS, and a PCH-C200 NMT. CDs lie in the cupboard, DVDs are still played OR downloaded, and both cars use SD cards for music. We can survive without itunes, and we can make our own minds up. There's room for both but we'd all be dumb to think that Apple are doing this for our good. It's to tie you in to their greater ecology and fund their shareowners. Nothing wrong with that.... till folk try to tell you it's all free, all good, and that we're idiots for not buying it. You enjoy your setup and let us enjoy ours.

        Why can't some of you stop going on and on about iPads etc? They are great but by no means perfect and there is plenty room for other products. Maybe the HP will manage to open zipped docs, passworded pdfs, and holy cow.... might allow you to EDIT docs. Crazy talk I know but jeez wouldn't that be useful????
        johnmckay
      • ZDNet: Fix your damned comment system

        @GetReal-mac.com

        And one can't edit docs on an iPad why, exactly?
        DeusXMachina
    • I always love the geek heads telling us users what is

      and what is not multi-tasking. As Joe sixpack, let me tell you what multitasking is: I can get skype messages while I'm browsing the net and when I go back to my game, it picks up right where I left off, and it doesn't make my tablet or phone slow to a crawl or kill my battery life. How it's done is 100% irrelevant to me, as are pedantic definitions of what is and is not "true" multitasking.
      fr_gough
      • Multi-tasking is doing 2 or more things at the same time,

        and when it comes to computers, the "appearance" of having 2 or more things running at the same time is not real computer multitasking, where many things could be working in the background, getting some real things or work done. If a gadget gives the appearance of multi-tasking, by allowing you to skip to a different application and the current one simply stops doing things until you get back to it, then it's not multi-tasking in the true sense of computing lingo.

        Now, when it comes to a smartphone or tablet or a personal computer that is servicing just one person, then the method for multi-tasking is irrelevant. When it comes to a computer being used for real production, it had better be doing real multi-tasking if the user so desired.
        adornoe
      • Laughing Gnome

        @Adornoe When will you and other Apple techies realize that Task-Switching is not the same as Multi-Tasking. They are is to completely separate directions! On a PC you can do Mutli-Tasking because you can do "Multiple Tasks" at once. On the iPhone, you can only use one app at a time, then switch between them. WebOS on the other had can run 9 trillion apps at the same time (well not really 6 trillion :) and you can really do "Multiple Tasks" at the same time. This is the definition of MultiTasking, its in the word it self. >>Multiple Tasks<<
        Rennat
      • Rennat: Read my post again, because, what I said is the opposite

        of what you think I said.

        You probably meant to address your response to fr_gough.

        What I said is what you said. Besides, I'm not an Apple freak. Not even close.

        Careful next time.
        adornoe