‘8 reasons why Apple should fear HP/Palm’ revisited

Back in May 2010, Tom’s Guide’s Devin Connors gave the world the following gift:

8 Reasons Why Apple Should Fear HP/Palm:
1. HP is Great with Acquisitions
2. The HP Brand Name
3. HP’s Money
4. WebOS: Beyond the Smartphone (there is no doubt that the OS will branch out to slate PCs and netbooks)
5. HP Means a Better App Catalog
6. An Immediate Connection to the Business World
7. Beating Apple in the Hardware Arena
8. HP, Palm and Content Delivery (with a company like HP pulling the strings behind the scenes, Palm could be positioned as the number one paid content provider in the smartphone world.)

Read more prescient genius in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If this retrospective helps to constipate similar pieces in the future, so be it.


[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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Hewlett-Packard’s abdication: What hath Apple wrought? – August 19, 2011
When HP loaded webOS onto Apple’s iPad, it ran over twice as fast as the TouchPad – August 19, 2011
More blood on Apple iPhone’s and iPad’s touchscreens: HP discontinues webOS phones, tablets – August 18, 2011


  1. *maybe* and that is a BIG FREAKIN’ *maybe* had Mark Hurd stayed in the driver seat, made various extremely smart moves and sacrificed enough goats they might have *survived* in Apple’s markets.

    I do not see HP ever beating Apple. I mean come on they were clueless when the Woz showed off the Apple I and they are clueless now.

  2. I wonder, how is it that Apple still alive and became the most successful company in the world and the biggest tech company with so many “iPod, iPhones, iPads, MacBook Air killers”?
    I mean, there is like 3 or 4 new “apple killers” or companies that will beat apple every month. How can apple survive?

  3. Apple? Fear? Apple is like this elderly lady…

    “I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S.166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan, KS.I asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had .45 automatic in her glove box. Something, body language, or the way she said it made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all, she responded once again she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of?

    She looked me right in the eye and said, “Not a damn thing!”

      1. Obviously, self inflicted.
        Not only that, but HP shot themselves in the foot and after observing their handiwork decided that wasn’t sufficient, reloaded then kneecapped themselves.

        I’ve seen their touchscreen slabs o’ plastic and nearly 2″ thick laptops @ Best Buy. If that is their best response to the iMac they should get out of the consumer business.

        1. I like your analysis, I like it a lot. Haha.

          No doubt, most of the wounds suffered by Apple’s competitors were self inflicted. HP released the TouchPad half cocked. Part of the problem, as I understand it, was the development team was told to freeze the hardware specifications and design despite knowing full well during the testing phase that they were a generation behind the iPad 2 and that the OS ran faster on the iPad 2 than on the TouchPad.

          They fumbled the launch, then had to cut prices drastically to drum up interest. Effectively HP killed the TouchPad themselves. Nobody did it for them, certainly not Apple.

          1. So what you’re saying is, in competition with a device produced by Apple, HP was in no way affected by Apple?

            Apple raised the bar so high that those who choose to compete have to get some serious training done before they embarrass themselves on the field.

  4. Looks like Devin would be a good person to look toward when making investment decisions. Some people have a special knack for going in the wrong direction.

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