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: Comment by kovacm
by Neolander on Wed 17th Aug 2011 20:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by kovacm"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Believing that hardware is so important is precisely what killed IBM and turned Apple into a niche in the early days of the desktop/laptop.

Computer hardware is a generic heap of electronic components, that is trivially cloned and replaced every few years. Software is the only thing that lasts, the only thing which can trap people on a platform also. Which is why controlling the software stack that runs on the greatest amount of future hardware is what counts.

And this conflicts with integrated HW/SW ecosystems, in my opinion, as unless you have the sheer manpower in R&D it takes to produce lots of different devices (like Apple with iPods), it mean less hardware on the market.

Well, we'll see what the future will be like... Frankly, I'd rather see a stable equilibrium between several big players, just like we had before in the feature phone world, than watch Windows' history repeat itself all over again. I just think it's probably not going to happen, unless players other than Android don't get a clue about how huge of an asset hardware diversity truly is.

Edited 2011-08-17 21:11 UTC

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