09/04/2011, 12:26 PM
The markets are too different to compare. When a new console arrives, everyone wants to/has to replace the old one because the new one won't run the old games and the old one won't run the new games.
Originally Posted by cashmonee
PCs and laptops, there is a cycle of the OSs, but it's not every HW cycle. New laptop models arrive ~ yearly or biyearly per mfgr. but several years go by between OSs.
With Phones, there are new models constantly too. but each new model doesn't always come with a new OS. so obsolescence is measured not by discontinuance of usability, but by the perception of same, as with PCs. Some people believe they only need a new PC when a new OS comes out, others have to have a new one with every incremental speed increase.
The tablet market is in it's infancy as far as popularity is concerned. It's likely too soon to tell, but it is seeming to mimic phones in that people expect
1. a tablet released today to be on competitive hardware [EG: the TP must somehow be as fast/full featured as the iPad2] and,
2. there to be timely updates to the HW and SW. That is the nature of the beast and HP looked at their future and didn't like what they saw. Hopefully, there will be someone else that is up to the challenge.
If not, webOS is like a roach crawling across poison. It's dead but it doesn't know it yet.