Dell has stressed it is not abandoning the fondleslab market despite deciding to pull the Streak 7 from its online store stateside. All vendors have struggled to elbow Apple's iPad out of the top spot. HP gave up the WebOS tablet ghost in the summer and channel sources are expecting RIM to bow out in the next nine to 12 months, …
Every time I see that I wonder why missiles are being sold online.
Old Skool PC and Phone makers
Apple sure have them rattled!
It's astonishing that not one of them, except for maybe Samsung, have managed to counter the ipad in any significant manner.
It's also astonishing how quickly these companies give up when they don't manage to whip up significant sales for the overpriced and underwhelming products that they apparently believe people desperately want to buy.
Keep in mind that the PC makers are in a volume business. They can pump out more widgets, and pump out each one cheaply, quicker than anyone else. Part of that is that they use cheaper components.
Now, they are trying to get into the tablet market. They can't get access to the most popular OS, as they do in the PC arena. Android and Windows 7 are available but don't seem to be popular in the tablet market. (And while the market may be wrong, the market is still what you sell to.) Likewise, there aren't big corporate contracts for tablets like there are for PCs. So the market is very, very different, and if they can't get something to sell quickly enough in sufficient volume, they aren't set up to make money. It's only companies like Amazon and Barnes & Noble, who don't have the overhead and can deliver consumer content a la Apple with the iPad. So don't be surprised if the Old Skool PC and Phone makers leave the tablet market or flounder a lot.
The problem with all these 7" wide-screen tablets is that they are 7" and wide-screen, to small and to wide. Then you put them alongside an iPad and price them in the same ball park and it's a non-brainer. All this "people just like Apple, shiny things etc" miss the point, you have half the screen size for 80-100% of the price of an iPad. How did Dell, RIMM, HP et al think this would work? Where all the adults on holiday or do they base their products on the advice of the same market analysts used by the bank!