An HP executive is out publicly saying that the Touchpad isn't out to challenge the iPad. Honestly, who would believe that. Here's why he's lying and what he should have said.
First, when Apple was on life support, Steve Jobs said that Microsoft has won the war and for Apple to win, it does not mean that Microsoft and Windows has to lose. And yet, competition continued in 2000s. That's the nature of the business. The "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" campaign was evidence of this.
The Touchpad is competing with the iPad It's competing with Android tablets and Playbooks as well. And next year, it'll be competing for our hard earned money with Windows 8 tablets. And competition is good for the industry because it forces these companies to innovate.
That's the reason why he's not being honest. I reckon he said what he said because of the lukewarm reception by the tech media and blogs. What he should have said is that Touchpad and Web OS is a different type of mobile platform with a very unique UI. And that it'll only get better over time. That's what he should be saying.
Sure, it's heavier, sluggish, and can't do much now but that'll change over time as well. The next major Web OS update will prove me right.
And as mobile warriors, we want them to compete hard.
Apple really hit it out of the park with the first iPad. Since then, first gen Honeycomb tablets and Playbook all show potentials and will need more work to challenge the iPad. The way I see it, the Touchpad is in the same boat. And they will all get better.
And just like the handset market, the tablet market is in its infancy. There is plenty of room for multiple players to grow and flourish. Heck, if HP's play to use Web OS in PC works, I'm all for it.