03/03/2011, 04:22 PM
Do you want to buy a tablet or accessory made by Apple, HP, Palm, Motorola, or RIM?
You can't. None of them make tablets, phones, or their accessories.
Apple, HP, Palm, Motorola, and RIM products and accessories are made by third-party Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs). For instance, Apple iPads and iPhone are made by Foxconn. Palm has used a variety of manufacturers including HTC, Asus, and Samsung. We don't know who is making the new HP devices and accessories but HP owns none of those factories.
Samsung, HTC, and LG really do assemble many of their own devices and sometimes accessories but even then parts come from other companies.
The "brand" is often just that, a brand. Yes, they will tell you that they carefully watch the real manufacturer's quality control. Apple even forced Foxconn to install the giant nets around the factory buildings to prevent more people from jumping off to commit suicide.
Touchstones are not made by Palm and Duracell myGrid is not made by Proctor and Gamble. Your Dell, Sony, or HP laptop is probably made by Compal, Quanta, or Inventec.