Unlike Apple, HP can seem to do no wrong at the moment

“In recent weeks, Apple has been dealing with questions over how it issued options and allegations that its iPods are manufactured under poor working conditions,” Peter Burrows writes for BusinessWeek.

Burrows writes, “Just last week, Apple had to fork over $100 million to iPod rival Creative Technologies to settle a patent dispute. Now comes a big battery recall. That feels like a blast straight out of the depressing 1990s, when the PowerBook 5300 had to be recalled after a few models burst into flames. HP, on the other hand, can seem to do no wrong at the moment.”

“Of course, HP will never have the sheer panache or intense loyalty that Apple has. Try as it might, HP’s products come nowhere close to Apple’s in terms of style, elegance, or newsworthiness. There will never be scores of HP rumor sites, and HP World will never become the must-see event that Macworld is. And HP’s gains are by no means Apple’s losses,” Burrows writes.

Burrows writes, “Most any company would kill for Apple’s performance, whether measured by the power of its brand or its revenue growth, stock price, or plain impact on society. And here’s a big caveat to my argument: In the time it takes for Steve Jobs to introduce a new product (see BusinessWeek.com, 8/24/06, “Apple’s iPod Season Looms”), Apple can regain the title for techie with the biggest Mo.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The Other Steve” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Apple to recall 1.8 million Sony-made iBook G4, PowerBook G4 batteries – August 24, 2006
Apple & Creative settle: Apple pays $100M for ‘Zen’ patent, Creative plans iPod accessories – August 23, 2006
How options-backdating irregularities can affect your Apple Computer stock – August 23, 2006
Apple releases ‘Report on iPod Manufacturing’ – August 17, 2006


  1. Nobody pays attention to HP because they don’t do anything interesting. They’re by no means leaders in anything and they do very little innovating (save for perfect-color inks, which are nice). In short, nobody notices or cares when HP does anything. Apple is constantly under the microscope hence the increased media attention.

  2. I love this part:

    “Just last week, Apple had to fork over $100 million to iPod rival Creative Technologies to settle a patent dispute.”

    Ummmm, yaah . . . RIGHT!!!!!!!!!

    Way to, umm, spin things the way you need them to be for your “article” to sound correct, Mr. Burrows. Apple totally pwned Creative on that deal — every respectable journalistic outfit recognizes that Jobs’ move was brilliant and will most likely end up costing Apple NOTHING! Zero. Zilch. Nada.

    That’s why AAPL went up after the announcement.

    I think you need to “burrow” back into your hole in the ground.

  3. As much as i love Apple, i am really glad that there is at least one company on the PC market that really deserves attention and praise for quality of thir products. IBM and Lenovo are producing second grade computers now, Dell is not even worth mentioning. If Apple ever decides to release its OS to another hardware vendor, i hope it is HP.

  4. What does HP have to do with Apple? They assemble PC clones.

    Apple designs and builds complete integrated systems, hardware to OS.

    I agree though, the battery recall does make HP look good… in comparison to Sony who made the batteries ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Stories like this one drive commenters on this forum crazy.

    Cheerleading lemmings for all things Apple, they can’t see the value in competition.

    Without competition, Apple will become more and more ordinary. Then, what will the faithful have to brag about.

    Pay attention. Don’t dismiss those voices who are encouraging more quality, better performance, quality customer care, etc., from Apple as ‘trolls’.

    If this site is only about fawning over Apple stuff, no matter how average it is becoming, then it is of little use.

  6. HP used to be a great company that made terrific products. Their handheld calculators used to be leading edge, awesome products. Like the venerable HP-45, and the first programmable handhelds like the HP-65 and HP-67 (with little tiny magnetic card readers). If you opened on of them up, they had gold plated circuit boards. They were the first to incorporate NVRAM into their calculators too. Nobody else ever came close to HP’s quality in those days.

    Alas, HP today is nothing but a specter of its former self.

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