HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

Summary: While other tablet manufacturers have positioned their products as the the devices that will defeat Apple's iPad, HP says it is going a different route with the TouchPad.

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HP's TouchPad may have had a lot of promise, but reception to the most recent iPad competitor has so far been pretty subdued. In particular, most reviewers haven't been able to answer the question of whether they could recommend the TouchPad over the iPad.

That question, HP says, is missing the point. According to HP vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations Richard Kerris, HP' approach with the TouchPad is more than just the tablet. “It’s about the OS, the ecosystem and connecting devices like phones, printers, tablets and computers together," Kerris told The Loop.

Kerris said that HP's real mission was to target the enterprise space, not just the consumer sphere. That's a very different approach from other tablet competitors, who have across the board positioned their tablets as the devices that will dethrone the iPad. That, of course, hasn't happened. It's refreshing to see HP take a different approach to the tablet market.

[The Loop]

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, iPad, Mobility

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  • That's it? You give them a pass that easily?

    So all they have to do is say that they MEANT to sell very poorly and HP is given a pass? What I find interesting is that even if true, iPad is crushing the TouchPad in every single market: consumer, medical, retail, enterprise.

    And what about connecting devices like phones, printers, tablets, and computers together? With 1 tap, my iPhone is the wireless access point for my iPad. With 1 tap, I can print to a printer. And very soon, with 1 tap, I will be able to sync wirelessly with my computer.

    For HP to say that their real mission was to target the enterprise space is even more embarrassing considering they are floundering there too.

    GO APPLE!!! YEAH!!!
    woulddie4apple
    • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

      @woulddie4apple right, TouchPad is floundering because businesses didn't buy it the day it was released. It'll take at least 6 months before businesses will have evaluated and tested whether the TouchPad is right or not. As much as Apple is ahead of everyone else in the current tablet space, there are still more opportunities to come for "the other" tablet makers (including Microsoft, HP, etc.).
      grayknight-22253692004129760887070084760051
      • iPad was sold out the day it was released

        @grayknight
        Why wouldn't the expectation be there that TouchPad sells out on its release day?

        TouchPad sucks. All tablets other than iPad suck. Sales prove it. Profits prove it. Share prices prove it. You would have to be a complete idiot to buy anything other than an iPad.
        woulddie4apple
      • Troll

        @woulddie4apple
        DDERSSS
      • DeRSSS: Prove me wrong

        In what way does the TouchPad NOT suck when compared to the iPad. Are its screen layers glued together? How about the vFP performance and graphics performance (whatever those mean)? I believe that the iPad has faster vFP and graphics performance. iPad has 100,000 apps, TouchPad has, what, 3?

        So instead of just calling me a troll, why don't you add something to the conversation and convince me to trade my iPad 2 in for a TouchPad. If you can't, then you are the troll for calling me a troll.
        woulddie4apple
      • Don't feed the troll

        @grayknight
        x I'm tc
      • Why did iPad sell out on day 1 but not TouchPad?

        Instead of simply insulting someone you can't debate with, how about you answer the question? iPad sold out on day 1 so why wouldn't we expect TouchPad to sell out on day 1? Because it isn't as good? Exactly. It ISN'T as good. That's all I'm saying. And it isn't just me. Pogue hates it, is he a troll? Mossberg hates it, is he a troll? DeRSSS hates it, is he a troll? Okay, yeah, DeRSSS is a troll.
        woulddie4apple
    • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

      @woulddie4apple Good point, but I'd hate to see this world become an Apple only world. We need competition.
      skippe93
    • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

      @woulddie4apple .... "GO APPLE!! YEAH!!!" .... What are you? 12?
      paulb443
  • Wait - I was told by all the bloggers here that any tablet

    that comes out after the iPad is should - no wait - [b]MUST[/b] take it down! - (iPad Killer is the term, I think)

    There is no such thing as coexistence!
    Will Pharaoh
  • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

    The Touchpad is just another blunder that HP has made as they are always late to the dance anymore. Even their printers are lousy. Shame, I once bought most of my companies hardware from HP, but they have been so lousy lately that I switched to other brands...
    CowboyJake
  • Count me as one of the people who missed the point...

    [i]?It?s about the OS, the ecosystem and connecting devices like phones, printers, tablets and computers together,? Kerris told The Loop.[/i]

    Count me as one of the people who missed the point, because, isn't that exactly what the iPad does?
    olePigeon
    • Careful, you'll be called a troll

      @olePigeon
      Stating the obvious isn't allowed here any more.
      woulddie4apple
      • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

        @woulddie4apple

        please return to your position under the bridge.
        BitBanger_USA
    • No

      HP is working on something where your phone and tablet can interact. And does Apple make Printers? No, there is a potential for it to interact with HP printers on a greater scale than Apple could achieve with iOS.

      So, no, that isn't exactly what the iPad does. Also, add in that HP is going to be pushing WebOS to the desktop, making it a good strategy.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Tablets are anti-printers

        @goff256 I find it hilarious that anybody would think that an advantage of a new tablets is integration with a printer.

        Last I check, one of the top reasons why tablets exist is to go PAPERLESS. So that "feature advantage" although not totally useless, it is just plain ridiculous as a selling point.
        wackoae
      • Really?

        I assumed people used tablets for their ease-of-use, quick applications, extremely portable nature, and so forth. Besides, a smart business person would know that they can't go paperless (not completely).
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

        @goff256 Windows, OS X, and Linux already dominate the desktop. So how can HP expect to put WebOS on the desktop? It would have to offer significant advantages for anyone to take it seriously.
        skippe93
      • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

        It might offer significant advantages, it's too early to tell.
        Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: HP: The TouchPad isn't meant to take down the iPad

    First, the TouchPad isn't the first tablet to aimed at business. That honor goes to the PlayBook, though RIM would like it to appear to consumers as well. Cisco will soon be introducing a tablet that is specifically for the enterprise.

    The TouchPad is just an example of HPs inability to perform and adapt. When the specs for iPad 2 came out vendors adjusted their designs to make their products more competitive. HP had more than enough time to do likewise.
    joshdcohen9