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: Interesting experiment
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 18:46 UTC in reply to "Interesting experiment"
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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.

Funny, because I could have sworn that there was another
overly-sanitized, gated community-esque platform which had almost that exact number of users at its peak... before the more open, less-restrictive alternatives caught up and completely annihilated them. Damn it, what were they called again? The name is right on the tip ofmy tongue...

Oh yeah, that was "America Online". By Apple fanboy logic, AOL "beat" the internet because they had a greater number of users than any other single ISP. Remind me, how did that work out for them in the long run?

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

Yeah, keep telling yourself that. Look at the history of general-purpose computing and you'll see that walled-garden single-vendor systems ALWAYS lose to open, multi-vendor systems. It's only a matter of time before Android does to iOS what the "real" internet did to AOL 10-15 years ago.

Posted from my Xoom.

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