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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RE[2]: No, it isn't.
by Joy_Division_Lives! on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 14:33 UTC in reply to "RE: No, it isn't."
Joy_Division_Lives!
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2011-07-29

The future of the tablet market is companies rushing to sell top notch hardware at a huge loss....

No, the future of the tablet market is cheaper tablets.


The only reason that people are buying the Touchpad is that they are getting a tablet that cost $324.00 to manufacture at $99.00.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal-tech/tablets/231001092

Would these same people buy a tablet whose parts and quality were around $99.00? And...I doubt manufacturers are willing to take a $225.00 + loss per unit on their tablets.

If I was Samsung, RIM or any other tablet manufacturer (Apple excluded, of course), this would depress the hell out of me. It's the "champagne tastes, beer wallet" syndrome at play. In addition, HP just impacted their sales for this Q, at the very least.

There is no tablet market...just an iPad market.

Edited 2011-08-23 14:37 UTC

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