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Holy mackeral.

I gave it 12 to 18 months but that was less than 2 months!

Amazing, HP has now flopped with tablets two years in a row. Wonder what we'll get next year!
 

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They are also planning on spinning off the PC division.

Crazy. They were offering the Touchpad to employees at a significant discount earlier this month.
 

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I'm actually not surprised by the news regarding webOS devices and I doubt much will become of webOS itself. It may become an embedded OS for their printer line but you can pretty much forget about any integration they had planned on the desktop, this in light of the fact that they seem to want to get out of the PC business altogether.

Now, the news of them looking to spin-off the Personal Systems Group does come as a surprise seeing as they are the largest seller of personal computers. Then again margins in the Windows PC hardware business are so thin it's easy to understand why they would want to get out of that business just like IBM did a few years ago. As the largest seller of PCs they may be able to sell off that business for a descent sum and the disaster that was the Palm purchase won't look so bad.

Back in 2004 IBM sold it's PC division to Lenovo for $1.75 billion (including liabilities) creating the world's third largest PC company. Last year HP paid $1.2 billion for Palm. webOS devices were a part of the HP Personal Systems Group but HP's profitable printer division is not so expect HP to keep that division.

Hmmm, I wonder if Palm had any mobile patents that HP could sell? I hear they're selling for a fortune now-a-days!
 

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HP thought they had some sort of hip brand identity. Enough to warrant people buying into their own system. They may as well get out now. Let their name become like IBM's.
 

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i was just playing with the HP tablets yesterday, and was pleasantly surprised with how nice they were (that being said, I really thought the samsung tablet was very nice, as well as the soon to be dead playbook)
 

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It's not easy to see the successes coming but spotting the flops sure is. Aside from Apple, I think the entire industry has misjudged the tablet market!

I agree the RIM Playbook will be next to go. The Android devices will dwindle around for another year, then slowly disappear or morph into a much more compact notebook computer.

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The Android devices will dwindle around for another year, then slowly disappear or morph into a much more compact notebook computer.
I'd be very surprised if this happens.

There are way too many people who simply don't want to buy an Apple product that will go with an Android tablet.
 

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I doubt it. The Playbook is kind of like a test run for QNX (like the iPod Touch was for the iPhone), and RIM has too much invested in QNX to discontinue the Playbook already.

Android tablets have too many manufacturers (one of which is owned by Google) to die off any time soon. Even if none of the Honeycomb tablets sell explosively, I can't see all of Motorola, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC, Asus, Acer, Huawei, and Viewsonic, not to mention all the other little manufacturers, giving up.
 

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Everybody is forgetting about Amazon. Amazon is the next Apple. Their tablets will be the Android leader.

Playbook is going nowhere unless RIM is gobbled up by MS or somebody else.
 

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The dropping of WebOS is really part of a bigger picture. This is similar to what IBM did several years ago.

The tablet market is a fraction of what it will be so even being a small fish is a good thing when the pond is about to explode in size.

Amazon may be the first company to make a tablet affordable for the masses IMHO.

2012 will be interesting.
 

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Best Buy has them listed as "out of stock" on their website.

I wonder if, rather than clearing them out, HP will recall them from retailers and just recycle them.
 

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good call Hugh, i must say i was in full agreement with you. Did not expect a total flop... But just shows that perhaps its time to pick a side.... Apple vs PC and now iOS vs Android. 4 OS's for tablets is too much


No if i could find one for 120$ as someone on the last page suggested.. id be all over one, who knows maybe developers could get android loaded on one :)
 
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