In a not very typical manner for HP, the European top executive Eric Cador of Hewlett-Packard announced that the upcoming release of the TouchPad, a wannabe competitor to the Apple iPad, will highly surpass the sales numbers of the competition and not only become number one, but better than that, number one plus. While most readers will probably find this to be a humorous remark by a very challenged and overworked individual, others find this to be a slap in the face of the own, otherwise reputable company. If you are looking for a laser printer for home use or a plotting device for your professional use, you can do no better than HP. They just recently acquired Palm, Inc. the former PDA giant and TouchPad was actually their baby.
Source – basvandenbeld
Hewlett and Packard in a garage – More than seventy years ago, two friends who just graduated Stanford, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, decided to form a company, despite the Great Depression. What started out as an electronics manufacturing outlet which produced precision instruments such as oscillators, voltmeters, thermometers and similar. Located in Palo Alto, the HP Company started out manufacturing first semiconductors already in early sixties, which garnered them the accolade of having founded the Silicon Valley. From that point on, HP expanded and grew larger, entering every aspect of the IT industry and becoming a multinational market leader in information technology manufacturing, with operations in almost every single country around the world, with over 300,000 employees on the payroll.
On the Palm of your hand – Even before the much touted merger with Compaq, HP was noted for the PC and laptop line of products, including various peripherals such as printers, scanners and storage solutions. HP digital cameras and computer monitors are very popular, as are a dozen of other products that currently listed on the roster. The move to release a tablet PC is not a native HP idea. It is actually a project of Palm, Inc. a company that was known for developing the most popular PDA operating system and which was partly responsible for the huge popularity such devices used to have. Nevertheless, the concept of these early ideas have culminated now in the new webOS, the new Linux based operating system that is featured in all HP (Palm) mobile phone devices, but also in all tablet PC devices HP will release. Furthermore, HP announced that a proprietary version of the webOS will be able to run on Microsoft Windows platforms, with the plan that all HP computers, desktop and notebooks alike, will feature this extension from the coming year on.
Tablet PCs plus one? – When reviewing the HP history and the quality that can be found within their products, but also the good name Palm has earned by now, it is to be expected that the announced HP TouchPad will be a fine device. There are only several major problems that are evident already from the previews. A good camera is missing; Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU instead of the nVidia Tegra 2, no NFC and a completely new OS, which is neither iOS (iPad) compatible, nor Android compatible, nor it is from any of the other established and trusted providers. Availability of the wide variety of applications is questionable and the price is not low enough. When choosing between the HP unknown and the iPad 2, who will choose the TouchPad, when also a gazillion tablet PCs with the Android platform, are available as well?