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 Tony Swash on Thu 18th Aug 2011 09:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
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"Their iPad copies don't sell very well.

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.

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.

If I remember rightly people were predicting this time last year that this time this year the non-iPad tablet sales would be surging. It didn't happen. Why it didn't happen is a very interesting and complex question but it seems as if the tablet market is not behaving like the phone market and why should it as it has a completely different structure.

I get the feeling that the tablet market may be much more like the mp3 player market where the early iPod success was greeted by endless declarations that it's dominance would soon come to an end and that this or that new iPod competitor would be the 'iPod killer' - the one that never arrived.

Maybe the Android adventure is the anomaly brought about by the conjunction of the post-iPhone incumbents panic and the offer of an apparently free OS. That adventure has now also utterly changed with the Google acquisition of Motorola and in a year it may be that it is the phone market that looks completely different rather than the tablet market.

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