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    Hi all,

    This is a GREAT READ! I agree if HP pulls off the integration of Palm & HP properly, they will have a great marketing program & of course webOS.

    Take care, Jay

    After tablet frenzy, a waiting game
    By Benjamin Pimentel

    Business & Technology | After tablet frenzy, a waiting game | Seattle Times Newspaper

    MarketWatch

    With the success of the iPad, other personal-computer makers are gearing up to challenge Apple in what has emerged as technology's hot new market.

    But would-be competitors appear to be moving cautiously into what is turning out to be a complex, shifting market, one that Apple has helped define, but may not necessarily dominate in the long run.

    It clearly rules the business so far. Apple claims to have sold more than 1 million iPads during the product's first month on the market. And beyond the device, the company has its App Store, which has made the iPhone an undisputed hit in the smartphone market and is expected to be a major competitive advantage for the iPad.

    The tablet business has the potential to disrupt much of the traditional PC market. The devices could eat into sales of laptops, currently the industry's biggest profit maker.

    Tablet devices also threaten the dominance of PC software giant Microsoft as manufacturers are leaning toward mobile operating systems to power their new devices.

    The tablet frenzy began in January with a spate of announcements from computer makers. Apple's iPad was the subject of heavy rumors long before its formal announcement Jan. 27.

    Other PC makers, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Lenovo, tried to pre-empt that news somewhat with the announcement of their own coming tablet devices at the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks earlier.

    But other than the iPad, none of these other products has yet seen the light of day. Instead, what has followed has been a curious waiting game of sorts.

    "We're hearing conflicting messages about what everyone is going to introduce," IDC analyst Richard Shim said. "This is the hard part. I can't tell you about products we don't know about. It's somewhat of a moving target."

    In fact, industry watchers have been fine-tuning the way they define the market.

    That's because PC companies have been making tablets for years, though that category didn't take off among consumers, and has been largely confined to niche commercial users such as health-care professionals and engineers.

    Now, IDC and Gartner are making distinctions between tablet PCs and iPad-like tablet devices.

    For example, IDC's Shim said his group defines the tablet PC as using an x86-based processor and a full operating system, typically Windows.

    On the other hand, tablet devices are defined as using ARM-based chips, which dominate the cellphone and smartphone arenas, and mobile operating systems such as Google's Android, Palm's Web OS or the iPhone operating system.

    HP's moves

    The continuing shifts in this market were underscored by HP, the world's No. 1 PC maker, with a scale and reach that makes it the player best positioned to take on Apple.

    After a much-publicized announcement on a plan to introduce a tablet called Slate based on Microsoft's Windows operating system, HP is believed to be shifting gears, especially after unveiling plans in April to buy Palm.

    The company has reportedly decided to drop the Slate, and develop a new tablet, dubbed Hurricane, based on WebOS, Palm's well-regarded operating system.

    "We knew what HP was going to do, but then they changed their plans when they bought Palm," Shim said.

    HP has declined to comment on the reported changes in its tablet plans.

    Analysts say it makes sense for HP to shift from Windows to WebOS, which was specifically for mobile computing.

    "HP didn't [agree to pay] $1.2 billion just go get a smartphone," Gartner analyst Leslie Fiering said in a phone interview. "It makes sense for them to explore other routes that are made available to them through this acquisition."


    Dell's approach

    Meanwhile, another PC giant, Dell, is turning to the Android operating system that Google developed specifically for mobile devices.

    Neeraj Choubey, Dell general manager for tablets, said the decision was based, in part, on the Android Market, which would give the Dell tablet access to an "applications ecosystem." Such a system has been a key strength of Apple with its highly successful App Store.

    Dell is also planning to use an ARM-based processor from Qualcomm. ARM-based chips are dominant in the mobile phone market, largely due to their power-efficiency.

    "If you start with the technology that came out the cellphone arena, you'll have a more power-efficient device," Choubey said. "The traditional mantra on anything hardware-based is cost, cost and power."

    While Apple apparently has the edge in the emerging tablet war, it is unclear if the company will dominate the market the way it has come to rule the digital music-player market with the iPod.

    Gartner's Fiering said the iPad has "raised the bar and suppliers are now scrambling to make sure they get it right."

    IDC now projects 6 million tablet devices to ship this year, including 4 million iPads, Shim said. But while Apple has taken the lead, he added, the company faces the "burden of lifting or defining this entire new market," because there are no other competitive devices available.

    "In the iPhone market, they learned from everybody else," he said. "In this new space, there's nobody else to kind of bounce ideas of so to speak."

    Not alone

    But Apple may not have to feel so alone for long.

    Fiering specifically pointed to HP as the best-positioned challenger, given its scale, reach and its upcoming merger with Palm.

    "There are not too many suppliers that can pull all those pieces together," she said. "HP could if they integrate the Palm acquisition properly."

    Another IDC analyst, Crawford Del Prete, agreed, While the "buzz" from HP had generally been defensive in relation to the iPad, he said, "the longer-term story is far more interesting."

    "Given HP's massive scale, I think they have the ability to drive new price points for this kind of product," he said. "With a lower price point, the category becomes far more interesting."

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    Interesting article.... however I personally would like to see Hpalm release a new smartphone rather than a tablet!!
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    I think that is exactly what you will be getting in the near future. Palm has a roadmap set from last year they are still focusing on. HP does not step in till July at the earliest and even HP has said that webOS phones are their initial interest and plan for Palm and Tablets would come later.

    I'd love a tablet webOS hurricane now like most people, but a new Smartphone(s) with modern features is more likely in the near future.

    Hopefully, Palm and HP prove me wrong! Sorli...
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    A tablet running WEB OS is going to be nice. I have no interest in a Ipad but would definetly have an interest in a slate running WEB OS.
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    the only thing that will hinder them is time. it is of the essence in this day and age.
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    hi, I do not want a slate, but I know lots of you do, take care, Jay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaurav View Post
    Interesting article.... however I personally would like to see Hpalm release a new smartphone rather than a tablet!!



    +1
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    HPalm is really going to have a tough struggle ahead of them if they plan on touching the iPad. Some of the recently announced Android and Win7 tablets look really good so HPalm is really going have to do something amazing to even have a chance.
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    Hi,

    It will be hard, but I am sure they will pull it off.

    Take Care, Jay
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