So PCs are losing marketshare to Ipads. This is documented. But this CNN commenter makes a good point about a secondary disincentive to PC buying.
GoAwayObama: The problem with PC sales is there hasnt been any real speed increases in CPU’s in years. I just got a brand new top of the line core i7. It has 8 cores, but its really not any faster than the 5 yr old computer it replaced.
VoteObama012: Nice post GoAwayObama! I completely agree with you. The pc is now a commodity like a tv, toaster, or microwave.
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