‘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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44 Comments

  1. I haven’t seen an article so far off the mark since Bill Palmer (of Beatweak Magazine and that’s no typo) ranted that Apple would never produce a “headless iMac” Once the Mac mini was revealed Palmer called Jobs an idiot, denounced the company and predicted doom for the product. That was in 2005. Months after the Mac minis release he still vehemently denounced its development in spite of growing interest in the product.

    Palmer, who doubled down on the insults whenever anyone pointed out his flawed prediction, took so much heat for dissing any and everyone that he eventually shut down his blog, deleted all his articles and archives and hid behind his sappy mag. Even today, finding a way to contact him via his mag is not a straight forward affair.

    Today, the TouchPad is a non-starter, webOS has been unplugged, Palm is dead… and the author of this article is keeping his head down and his mouth shut. Palmer could have learned something from this guy.

  2. well to be fair, this guy was assuming HP was really serious about Palm and was going to put huge resources into WebOS. and maybe Mark Hurd was. but once he was gone HP clearly cut back its goals to just pushing out a tablet quickly without building up all the support for it first. and then Apotheker comes in with the up front bias against any consumer products and pulls the rug from under it. this writer could never have foreseen such a sharp reversal. no one did.

    1. Agreed. The smack down was a bit undeserved as no one could have foreseen that Hurd would be ousted on a sexual imbroglio and that HP would appointed a software guy as CEO in his stead.

      But even so I’m not letting him off the hook so easily as he assumed that HP would beat Apple in every department without even considering HP’s poor record with consumer products. I don’t think the result would have changed that much even if Hurd were still around to ride shotgun over the development process. Shall we say that Hurd is no Jobs and leave it at that.

    2. Good point.
      Then again maybe HP should not have rushed into the tablet/smartphone business to begin with.
      They wasted time and resources on Palm when they could have been developing something other than big, heavy, plasticky, cheap looking laptops and half-assed touchscreen desktops.

  3. HP doesn’t have an app catalog. Apple has more money than HP. Apple has a more recognizible name brand than HP. Web OS isn’t finished, incomplete. IOS is on it’s 5th revision proven to work. HP is getting out of the hardware business which means Apple is beating HP not the other way around. Lots of fantasy in this list but know facts.

  4. Hi everyone, this is Devin Connors, Senior Editor over at Tom’s Guide.

    To start, I’ll re post what I just put in the comments section of my original article, which can be found here:

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/165-HP-Palm-Smartphones.html

    “How did I lose all credibility by writing this article?

    This article was written while Mark Hurd was the CEO of HP. He was behind the acquisition, and he believed in Palm and WebOS. He resigned about two months after the acquisition, well after this article was written.

    A new CEO means new ideas, and it also means spurning ideas of old. If I had known somehow that HP would be under new management after the Palm acquisition, this article probably wouldn’t have happened. But, and here’s the shocker, nobody knew that a CEO change was coming because it had very little to do with HP’s business and was more about internal politics (and the whole sexual harassment probe). If Hurd has stayed on as CEO, I have the utmost confidence that the fate of WebOS would be different than what played out over the last week.”

    Now, obviously you all are irked at the fact that I went against Apple, the holiest of holy’s.

    I stand by the article that I wrote, not because I was right (clearly the last week has shown otherwise), but because the fate of Palm was determined by an HP executive team whose leader was in no way connected to the acquisition of the company and IP in question.

    How many of you think that WebOS and the TouchPad actually got a fair shake? Based on the feedback I’ve seen, most tech journalists, pundits and analysts think WebOS is getting the shaft. The TouchPad was axed less than two months after hitting store shelves, and HP is making a knee-jerk reaction to it’s lackluster sales.

    Oh, and for the record, I own an iPad 2, and I love it. Additionally, I bought a TouchPad for $99 through Amazon. It should be on my desk within a week.

    -Devin

    1. Apotheker had grandiose plans for WebOS just few months ago. He claimed HP will ship 100 million WebOS deviced next year. He signed pre-sales production of significant number of TouchPads prior start of sales. He sanctioned wide advertisement. So WebOS platform failure is not related to Hurd-Apotheker change.

      However, WebOS was still failure under the hood (as AnandTech tested), and the hardware was last year’s aspiration to become iPad 1.

      This was already second failure for both John Rubinstein personally (who was never able to be ambitious designed without Steven Jobs’ governance) and for WebOS.

      Many saw that despite HP’s might, there is no room for WebOS success last year, but you predicted otherwise and wrongly in a big way.

      This does not mean, however, that you lost “all” of your credibility. This just means that this was a major misprediction.

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