Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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Interesting experiment
by Tony Swash on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:54 UTC
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This confirms a general sentiment I've been hearing around me. Friends and family are all very interested in tablets for use on the couch, but almost everyone I talk to simply finds them too expensive. The iPad 2 and similar tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 all cost round and about $500/€500, which, for most people, is laptop territory, or at least near-laptop territory. That's a huge amount of money for a device which is decidedly less useful and functional than a laptop, and is, in essence, nothing more than a web browser and email client with a large screen.

The trouble with that hypothesis is that it seems there are tens of millions of people who don't think the iPad is too expensive. We can tell that because Apple has sold over 30 million of them.

The Touchpad fire sale is an Interesting experiment.

It turns out there is no such thing as a 'tablet market'.

Just an iPad market.

In order generate the same sort of enthusiastic sales demand that is common place for the iPad you have to sell competing devices at a fifth of the price of an iPad.

Good luck with that.

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