Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ars Technica is reporting that US Retailer Best Buy has been able to sell less than 10% of the TouchPad tablets that it ordered from HP, and now wants HP to take them back. Similarly, deal-a-day site Woot offered TouchPads at a very aggressive price, and only managed to sell 612 of them. This is for a site that often sells out goofy tech widgets in hours. When the TouchPad was gearing up for release, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest among geeks. Is it just that it hasn't resonated the same way with the general public, or have people just been disappointed once they've put their hands on one?
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RE[3]: Comment by kovacm
by leos on Wed 17th Aug 2011 18:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
leos
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It's remarkable how similar all this sounds to the earlier days of Android on phones. Back then, I was ridiculed by Apple fanatics for even *suggesting* the idea that Android could grab even 10% market share, let alone dominate the industry the way it does now.


Dominate the industry? How exactly? The iPhone is still by far the most popular smartphone. It's true that all the hundreds of different models of Android devices that can be roughly categorized as "smart" phones sell more than the iPhone, but a huge chunk of those aren't even in the same category.
The iPhone does not compete in the sub $50 subsidized cost market. Most android devices are competing with Symbian, Windows Mobile, lower spec blackberries, and dumb phones. They are certainly not dominating the high end smartphone segment by any means.

Let me assure you - the same will happen to tablet. You'll be surprised to see what the tablet landscape looks like 12 months from now.


I think it is you that will be surprised. I have yet to see a tablet that competes with the iPad 1, despite it's limitations. Impossible to predict further than a year out, but I don't think anything is going to change significantly. The cheap Android tablets are junk, and the somewhat decent ones are expensive. Not to say they don't have a market, there are plenty of people with blind apple hatred or a niche need that is not addressed by the iPad that are buying Android tablets, but they aren't anywhere close to making a product that is at the same level.

PS. I don't own an iPad.. Too expensive for the marginal utility it would give me over my phone, but playing with other tablets makes me realize how far behind they are.

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