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 Thom_Holwerda on Wed 17th Aug 2011 21:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Let's not forget that the iPhone's acceptance has been held back by only being officially allowed to run on one US carrier ( which was their own doing ) up until this year.


Nonsense argument. Not only has the arrival of the iPhone on Verizon done zero-nada to stop Android's insane growth in the US, Android is growing just as fast in countries where the iPhone has always been available on all carriers.

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by kristoph on Wed 17th Aug 2011 23:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

Android will certainly dominate the market for phone devices. There is no question about that. I think that in 12 months we'll see the demise of the feature phone and the bulk of phones will be Android 'smart' phones (unless Microsoft manages to exact their $15 fee or whatever then I think WinPhone 7 has a shot at that market too).

Interestingly, even though Android is already much more dominant then the iPhone the App Store has about twice the monthly app downloads of the Google Market.

I don't know what that says about the industry or the people buying phones or whatever but I don't think Apple is too worried. At 142% y-o-y growth with a 14 month old device their doing exceptionally well.

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RE[6]: Comment by kovacm
by Windows Sucks on Thu 18th Aug 2011 00:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

Android will certainly dominate the market for phone devices. There is no question about that. I think that in 12 months we'll see the demise of the feature phone and the bulk of phones will be Android 'smart' phones (unless Microsoft manages to exact their $15 fee or whatever then I think WinPhone 7 has a shot at that market too).

Interestingly, even though Android is already much more dominant then the iPhone the App Store has about twice the monthly app downloads of the Google Market.

I don't know what that says about the industry or the people buying phones or whatever but I don't think Apple is too worried. At 142% y-o-y growth with a 14 month old device their doing exceptionally well.


http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/08/17/samsung_seeks_to_stre...

Think not.

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RE[6]: Comment by kovacm
by aldo on Thu 18th Aug 2011 11:10 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
aldo Member since:
2010-02-17

Anecdotal and far from scientific, I know, but what I've noticed here in the UK, broadly speaking, is:

- School kids have Blackberrys (and are constantly messaging with them);
- University/college students have Androids;
- 9-5 office drones have iPhones.

So Apple have the customers with the money to spend at the moment. However, the next generation of office drones/people with money already own smartphones and they're not iPhones.

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by kristoph on Thu 18th Aug 2011 02:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
kristoph Member since:
2006-01-01

I know right, those Verizon customers would simply never buy an iPhone once they tried Android.

Oh but wait ...

As discussed by Ryan Cavanagh last week, Verizon’s share of iPhone traffic continues to increase, but it seems that Verizon is gaining market share in Apple’s prominent smartphone at the expense of its other, Android-running devices.


http://insights.chitika.com/2011/android-market-update-verizon-decl...

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RE[6]: Comment by kovacm
by aldo on Thu 18th Aug 2011 11:06 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
aldo Member since:
2010-02-17

The USA is not the world.

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