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[4]: Comment by kovacm
by MOS6510 on Wed 17th Aug 2011 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

I was just thinking of this. Sony managed this too with the walkman, every portable cassette player was called a walkman.

If have come across one person who claims her Android phone is an iPhone. And I see a number of non-iPads for sale on the used market being called iPad.

And indeed, people using non-iPods call it iPods. But I don't think they invented this market, MP3 players were already being sold and the first iPods were Mac-only. iPods took off when PC users could use them too. The revolutionized it by raising the bar and setting the standard, like the did with the iPhone. The iPod never got challenged, while the iPhone did by Android.

All tablets are really iPad challengers. They all aim to be better or cheaper, but they only manage to sell less, far less. It makes you wonder why anyone still bothers.

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by Mellin on Wed 17th Aug 2011 22:50 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-07-06

walkman was launched as Freestyle in Sweden

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