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 MOS6510 on Wed 17th Aug 2011 18:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Well, when the iPhone was announced Steve Jobs was aiming for 1% of the market, but even that would be huge. Right now any Android phone maker would happily trade places with Apple.

The situation now is different.

The iPhone entered a market that had some big players that have been around for years. It had to fight its way to the top and probably won't capture the biggest share as long as Android is around, unless Android implodes following the Motorola Mobile acquisition by Google.

Now the iPad entered a market that didn't really exist. Most people didn't know what a tablet was and the few that did wish they didn't. Right now the iPad is the tablet market. It doesn't matter what specs or price another product has (like VHS vs Betamax and V2000), you'd be a fool to buy anything else than an iPad because each non-iPad tablet could be pulled of the market any time (Dell Streak for example). The iPad has by far the most apps, accessories, support, etc...

However 12 months is a long time, certainly in tech, so anything can happen. I just don't think it's very likely Apple will loose much market share to any other tablet, Android, WebOS or other. Did they ever lose their iPod dominance? They even keep selling more and more Macs while the PC market is shrinking, during a financial crisis!

If the iPad 3 arrives and it sells like the iPad 1 and 2 did it may be game over for the rest for a long time.

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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by leos on Wed 17th Aug 2011 18:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-09-21

Did they ever lose their iPod dominance?


This is a good point. There are dozens of different MP3 players out there, but basically the iPod won out permanently there.

However it is a much more limited device where the iPod can basically perfect the task. Less so for a complex device like a tablet. There is more room for different approaches here, but the big missing factor on all the other devices is continuity. You invest $700 in a tablet you want some assurance that apps, accessories, and support will continue to be available for the forseeable future. None of the other tablet manufacturers have that kind of commitment.

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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by aldo on Wed 17th Aug 2011 22:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
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2010-02-17

Now the iPad entered a market that didn't really exist.


Apple's true creative genius with the iPad has been convincing the world that, screen size aside, the iPad is actually any different from the iPhone and iPod Touch. It's not a new market, it's just an extension of the iTunes ecosystem.

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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by r_a_trip on Thu 18th Aug 2011 07:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-07-06

It doesn't matter what specs or price another product has (like VHS vs Betamax and V2000), you'd be a fool to buy anything else than an iPad because each non-iPad tablet could be pulled of the market any time (Dell Streak for example).

Say hello to the fool. I wouldn't want to be caught dead with an iPad. The whole Apple culture, both corporate and user, just rubs me the wrong way.

That's why I'm very happy with my "inferior" Acer Iconia A500. I'm pretty sure that Android will still run very well on it even if Acer discontinues the A500 and the Android Market will still provide me with apps.

Besides, iPad 1 is obsoleted by iPad 2 and iPad 2 will be obsolete on release of the iPad 3. The only significant continuous factor in this succession is iOS and the App Store (apart from the periferal connectors). Would this be a reason not to buy an iPad?

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 07:42 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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2011-05-12

Why is the iPad 1 obsolete? I have one and still use it. There is nothing wrong with it, so I didn't by an iPad 2 as I don't like video chat nor would I use it to make pictures.

People still buy the iPhone 3GS, for some people it's still a fine phone.

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