HP Touchpad

In this new tablet era dominated by iPads but filled with Xooms and other Andoid tablets, HP tried getting into the mix with the HP Touchpad. The specs were pretty impressive, and it was running an operating system that at the time had a lot of nice things going for it, among them having all of your apps running in “cards” that you could simply swipe away into the nether if you wanted to kill them.  So what was the problem?

HP sold them at $499 for the 32gb model and $399 for the 16gb model.  What were they thinking?

Long story short, HP saw how much money they were losing on tablets that nobody wanted to buy (and why would they, when you could get an iPad or a blinged-out Android tablet for cheaper?), and decided to exit out of the hardware business.  And when they said exit out of the hardware side of things, they REALLY meant it…. Continue reading