“The paradox of Hewlett-Packard only gets more pronounced with each high-profile product announcement: its TouchPad tablet is the latest head-scratcher,” Brooke Crothers writes for CNET. “Meanwhile, Apple continues to spit out one stunning product after another.”
“HP’s paradox is that it sits in the cradle of innovation–Silicon Valley–but fails to innovate,” Crothers writes. “And a recent statement by [HP CEO Leo] Apotheker doesn’t offer much hope. ‘If you use a state-of-the-art laptop it is as sleek, as slim as [an iPad],’ he said at the D9 conference last month. Really? I have yet to see an HP laptop that comes near the iPad in thinness (0.34 inch) and portability (1.33 pounds). In fact, the only thing that gets close is another Apple product: the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.”
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Crothers writes, “That brings us to the TouchPad. Probably the first high-profile product to emerge with his imprimatur. In a word, disappointment. I listened to HP’s Jon Rubinstein talk for most of an hour about the virtues of the TouchPad (before it was announced as a shipping product) at a Qualcomm conference in San Diego last month. And I stood with an HP product manager later in the day as he demonstrated the TouchPad (and got some hands-on time, albeit brief, with it, too). In the end it was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing about innovation. The TouchPad is a thick, relatively heavy black slab of plastic, just like a dozen other no-name tablets on the market.”
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