If there is one tech company I would not bet against it is HP. With so much talent and capacity HP is in a position to get in the game in a big way. Can Mark Hurd and Randy Mott sparp up the magic? HP is knee deep in soon to be out-of-date legacy computers at the very junction of a revolution in new computing. Few would argue that is vital for HP kick it into high gear NOW and innovate.
The HP TouchPad is a first shot and has a good chance. Of course the iPad is the king of the tablets but others players have a chance of making it. HP’s TouchPad might be just the ticket, but it takes more than just a good device, among other things it takes a base of fanatical developers building apps and a store to drive a user marketplace
A great tablet and products could do well and bring in winners for HP. The HP TouchPad could easily be a contender.
So, what does the TouchPad have to claim a place?
- #1: price: $499 for the 16GB model: $599 for the 32GB
- #2 availability: July 1st, with pre-orders starting June 19th
- .#3: WebOS. WebOS is a good platform.
- #4 Design: TouchPad looks good and sturdy.
- #5: HP is recovering from Carly Fiorina’s mis-guidance
- ???: If Apps are the backbone of iOS can HP measure up?
- +: HP labs innovation
- +: HP is large enough to implement multiple initiatives
- - : HP’s been growing by cutting HP has cut staff, reduced costs