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[6]: Comment by kovacm
by phoenix on Wed 17th Aug 2011 22:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
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The iPad is nothing more than a large-screen iPod Touch. All the same limitations are in place, making it really nothing more than a glorified portable-DVD player. Perhaps iOS 5 will change things, but we'll see.

Until Apple makes it easy to get files onto/off the damned thing, they'll remain mostly consumption devices. We've scrapped our plans to use them in board meetings instead of paper minutes due to this issue (we're going to build diskless stations into the desks in the board room instead).

Sure, there's over 100,000 "apps" for iOS, how many of those are actual applications for creating and modifying files? Compared to how many are games and just links to websites?

Android tablets don't have these limitations. Linux tablets don't have these limitations. Windows tables don't even have these limitations (although they have plenty of others).

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