“Hewlett-Packard Tuesday night reported a 12% decline in the ‘consumer’ portion of its personal systems group,” Anton Wahlman reports for TheStreet. “That’s mostly laptops. With this news fresh in mind, I decided to visit 15 of the cafes located closest to the HP headquarters, mostly within a 2-mile radius, to see what the people closest to HP were using in terms of laptops.The survey took me about 90 minutes to conduct, and is, of course, of limited statistical significance. But still, out of the 100 laptops and tablets observed in 15 of the cafes closest to the HP headquarters:
Apple MacBook: 45
Apple iPad: 9
Wahlman reports, “Aside from its statistical limitations, one can, of course, criticize this kind of quick survey from other angles, such as enterprise-vs.-consumer, HP employees or owners don’t visit cafes, or don’t visit cafes located down the street from HP, or whatever. That said, based on the kind of publicly reported market shares, in which Apple normally scores not too far from 10% and is in a similar category to HP, this kind of quick survey looks like a nasty leading indicator for HP in the laptop sales department.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple makes a vastly superior product and offers a vastly superior user experience. The hoi polloi are finally, blessedly, waking up to those facts. Macintosh. You get what you pay for.