HP TouchPad will be available on July 1st starting at $499 for the 16GB version. Does it have a chance in the tablet market?
So with this new information, do you think the Touchpad has a chance in the market?
I was really hoping that they would undercut the iPad. Spec wise, the Touchpad and iPad are pretty evenly matched, but the TouchPad still doesn't have the apps, mindshare, and OS maturity that Apple has to offer. I also think it's a problem that there are Android tablets out there that are priced sub-$500. I think HP better have an awesome marketing campaign and get the Touchpad in the hands of consumers so they can experience what WebOS has to offer over all the other tablet OSes. Everyone knows that iOS provides a solid experience, not much can be said about the real life performance of WebOS on the tablet.
The reason developers adopt new platforms quickly is because there is money to be made in a market that has nearly no competition. I myself am interested in developing for these new non-iOS platforms because iOS is saturated to the point developers usually complain that if their app isn't listed as one of the newest or most downloaded then it is invisible to the greater audience.
As for the question of having a chance, well, if Android can make it into the hands of non-techies then webOS has an even greater chance. It is nicer and easier to work with and doesn't have any rough edges. Even Windows 7 with it's Start menu and overlapping windows sold some tablets. All HP has to do is introduce a properly working device for the regular user and then developers will follow. I know I will.
while too much apps can be a nightmare that doesn't mean that the success of ios is absurd and people don't want apps and just be on the web these are all ideas of the past that even microsoft learned about and demolished their entire platform to make wp7 suitable for modern interfaces and apps.
As for webos, it's not in good hands cz each time leo mentions printers and scale that's just pride and arrogance and nothing of that is true in the mobile market, hp is 0% in the mobile market as is webos and they just need to attack market problems head-on and make multiple devices available now not just one phone that doesn't get a release date and one tablet that's the same price of the ipad and the veer is just a pixi fail after fail, so if they had the touchpad for 399$ I would definetly buy it over the transformer, webos can't be the expensive high end platform, ios is already that