03/02/2011, 01:09 PM
Not in the tablet space, they don't. No one does as of yet. You think HP is going to ship 6 million Touchpads at launch just to try and get volume pricing somewhere in the same ballpark as Apple? If so, I look forward to picking one up a few months later for $300 from one of the stores blowing it out.
Originally Posted by Ulairi
You're missing the point. Apple is merely meeting its own 12 month refresh cycle. HP isn't even matching that, and from all indications, they aren't even at .9, much less 1.0. No one is really at 1.0 yet, despite having been trying since last year.
Apple was the first mover. They of course were able to ship version 2 before most people get version 1 because it's easier to go from 1.0 to 2.0 than from 0.0 to 1.0. Next year, we'll be seeing TouchPad 2 and the likes. If people want a competitive product to the iPad, HP needs to release this summer. If HP would have released and the iPad was coming out the same month, we'd hear "Man! HP is screwed! iPad 2 is coming out the same month as the Touchpad!!!"
Your requirements are not able to be met by anyone other than Apple. It's not logical nor is it consistant.
And when TouchPad 2 launches, Apple will have enjoyed almost 24 months of complete dominance in this space along with an app and content ecosystem that likely cannot be equaled. That is the problem.