Non-Apple consumer tablets enjoy few of the advantages non-Apple desktop computers get. (Not that desktop computers aren’t experiencing a radically disruptive transition and fragmentation of their own.)
But unlike a new HP laptop model, a new HP tablet doesn’t carry with it a known (and internalized) operating system, set of apps, and cultural commitment of relative device compatibility.
In consumer device land, HP tablets are risky, new curiosities, no matter the heritage of the company making them.
Live fast, die young, leave a trail of very very expensive TV commercials?
With HP’s announcement that it’s killing the TouchPad less than two months after it went on sale — and essentially leaving WebOS for dead — looks like Gartner is gonna have to revise its forecast that HP will grab a sliver of the tablet market. Or, hell, that anyone other than Apple is gonna get any piece of it in the foreseeable future. -Stacy