HP: TouchPad “will be better than number one”

Despite a wave of tablets hitting the market in recent months – with some, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab range, making quite an impact, and others, like the RIM PlayBook and Motorola’s Xoom, having so far apparently failed to impress buyers – there can be no doubt that the real leader on the tablet stage continues to be Apple’s iPad.

But Apple’s dominance of the market isn’t scaring HP, which is currently putting the final touches to its new TouchPad tablet device. The Daily Telegraph reports that Eric Cador, HP’s supremo for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has no doubt that the company will make quite a splash with the TouchPad.

At a recent press conference, Cador asserted that HP ascended to the top spot in the PC space despite, he claims, “fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors.”  That may seem like a strange claim to some, given the vast range of form factors and designs that exist among desktop and mobile PCs, as well as software customisations that many manufacturers have applied to Windows 7, including HP itself with its own TouchSmart software layer – the extraordinary diversity that exists among PCs does seem to be at odds with his remark.

Still, Cador clearly believes that to be the case, and he added: “In the tablet world, we’re going to become better than number one. We call it 'number one plus'.”

He then went on to suggest that only HP “plays in the both the consumer and business world”, and implied that this would give the company an advantage with its TouchPad deployment: “The way the corporate is going to look at it is to say that its employees, who are also consumers, have got to like it and it’s got to be secure. We’re going to deliver that.”

The 10” TouchPad is expected to arrive in June, with pricing expected to start from around $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version; a 7” version (known internally as ‘Opal’) is expected to launch later in the year.

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“In the tablet world, we're going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”

What a cheesy tagline. Would rather they focused on making it a good product rather than what they plan to call their market position.

KingCrimson said,
The only tablet that will eventually challenge the iPad will be Windows.

Agreed. It is the only company with enough clout to drive an OS pass the level of "cool" and actually have it as a standard. If Apple didn't have the cool factor, we'd just have a bunch of tablets all over with no clear direction (but since they do, everyone wants to be like the iPad). Microsoft, in my opinion, drives form factors and actually innovates rather than make things flashy or shiny.

Besides, Microsoft said themselves they aren't making something to compete with the iPad, they are making something that rises above the iPad. Which, I feel like is Androids downfall (really all open source) is that they try to be as good as the name brand, but never better.

KingCrimson said,
The only tablet that will eventually challenge the iPad will be Windows.

HP already has 1 failed Windows 7 tablet on the market, the $799 HP Slate 500 Tablet PC.

KingCrimson said,
The only tablet that will eventually challenge the iPad will be Windows.

Windows has failed to be useful on Tablets for 10 years now, Windows 8 might change that given its ARM support and such, but for now all we've got to go on is its track record, and it's not impressive.

PlogCF said,

So, they'll be at No. 2?

No, they'll most likely get cleaned by the garbage collector, or show an error (because there is a single plus only ).

jasonon said,
Nobody beats the iPad, except for Android.

Fixed that for ya.
*Looks at revision. Thinks it over. Considers the Xoom, and its polished-ness, versus the iPad.*
Hmmm...
*Crosses out revision.*
Nah, that one was an error on my part. Here's what I really meant to change it to.
jasonon said,
Nobody beats the iPad, and its definitely not Android.

a full blown windows OS whether it be seven or 8 will be better than anything thats on the market right now. just ask yourself one question do you want a oversized ipod or a full featured operating system at your fingertips?

korupt_one said,
a full blown windows OS whether it be seven or 8 will be better than anything thats on the market right now. just ask yourself one question do you want a oversized ipod or a full featured operating system at your fingertips?

I used to think the same till I tried to use a Windows 7 tablet in a shop, it was dismal at best

korupt_one said,
a full blown windows OS whether it be seven or 8 will be better than anything thats on the market right now. just ask yourself one question do you want a oversized ipod or a full featured operating system at your fingertips?


45 Million buyers of iPad (Forecast for this year) think differently, compared to about 30,000 buyers of HP's Win7 HP Slate 500 Tablet PC.

korupt_one said,
a full blown windows OS whether it be seven or 8 will be better than anything thats on the market right now. just ask yourself one question do you want a oversized ipod or a full featured operating system at your fingertips?

Because 90% of the Windows' interface and applications running on it aren't optimized for touch input.

Ah! I hope hope for WebOS and the TouchPad. Glad to see HP is finally advertising the Veer (even it's it's too tiny). Hopefully that means the Pre3 will be on it's way.

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