The HP TouchPad is dead — killed off after only six weeks on the market and sold off at fire sale prices of one-fifth its original $500 price tag. Or is it? HP says it could revive the TouchPad in the future.
My friend S (he hates it when I invoke his name in print), a long-time IT pro, made a sage observation in the wake of HP effectively whacking its TouchPad, Motorola selling itself to Google, the great Samsung Galaxy Tab/Best Buy giveaway (more on this in a bit), and the general bloody state of the non-iPad tablet business. "Apple's been perfecting its ecosystem for a decade, and these guys think they can duplicate it in a couple of months." And then we laughed. Not at HP, but at the whole ridiculous state of the tablet business that S succinctly summed up. So, now that the tablet business has pretty much devolved to Apple and Android, where do we go from here? Don't ask the pundits. They seem to have no more of a clue about the future of the tablet universe than Criswell did about the diabolical plans of vampires from outer space.
Remember the JooJoo tablet? Probably not, because it was pretty terrible and nobody bought any of them. But JooJoo has gone and renamed itself TabCo and is gonna give the whole tablet thing another whirl with the Grid10.
Win one for Apple. After suing Samsung for copying its iPad and iPhone designs with similar competitors, a German court's been granted an injunction to block all sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the European Union. Yowza!
Time Inc, the publisher behind such titles as Time, People, and Sports Illustrated, is planning to make all 21 of its titles available on tablets by the end of the year, making it the first major publisher to do so.
Sure, tablets are cute and everything, but they only make up a small percentage of computer sales…for now. That's right, folks. It looks like tablets are gearing up to takeover the world. Don't take my word for it, click below to see the statistics.
Some five months later, the Motorola Xoom is officially a failure. Motorola messed up big time with its first Android 3.0 tablet. How can old Moto steal some thunder from the iPad 2? Perhaps by borrowing a few elements from its competitors and including a 2048x1536 resolution display.
It's been clear for a while that Amazon is currently working on an Android-powered tablet, one that would compliment its kindle rather than replace it. And now it looks like we may be getting it sooner rather than later.
Come this October, Dell might have the most powerful tablet on the market. At least, that's what its Peju code-named tablet running Windows 8 looks like on paper.
The iPad 2 is great, but the one thing it didn't get upgraded from the original was its screen. According to one analyst, that might be changing later this year.