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All posts tagged "palm"


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Renderings of HP webOS Tablets Leak to Engadget

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/18/...-plans-and-mor/

"Oh, hello. A trusted tipster just sent in these internal renders of HP / Palm's "Topaz" webOS tablet, which is one of two tablets currently being developed in Sunnyvale. That's right, two tablets: the 9-inch Topaz and a 7-inch model codnamed Opal -- a lineup that fits nicely into Palm's "Something big, Something small, Something beyond" tagline for its upcoming February 9th event."

The tablet space is getting crowded, but with the brand muscle of both HP and Palm, I think they can make some magic happen here - assuming that the specs and price point of the products are in line. There's going to be a 7" and a 9" tablet, and it looks like a button-less design. Engadget has a few more details - looks quite interesting! I wonder though if HP has the muscle to get developers on board with apps? That's the real secret sauce in the tablet race in my opinion - having nice hardware isn't quite enough.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Why Did HP Buy Palm?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Articles & Resources" @ 04:00 PM

http://gdgt.com/discuss/why-hp-boug...eared-gdgt-ayj/

"HP knows that although they're the number one PC maker in the world, being number one in an industry that has stopped growing and will be flat at best for the foreseeable future is not the way to stay a $100 billion company. They've figured out that mobile is the future of computing, and that despite some early successes in that space (mainly after purchasing Compaq and its iPAQ line of handhelds) HP's efforts to date have been anemic. Let's put it another way: you see plenty of people using HP netbooks, but when's the last time you saw anyone one of their smartphones? Exactly. Right now HP isn't a significant player in mobile and that needs to change."

Peter Rojas from gdgt has a useful perspective on the consumer electronics industry having been at the helm of Engadget for several years, and I'm sure he's right on the money here - in fact, this dovetails nicely with the post I wrote up earlier today in a depressing sort of way; if Microsoft really had something in the pipeline that was nearing completion, HP wouldn't have bought Palm. Microsoft literally must have had no answer to the question of "What Microsoft OS can we use on HP hardware to combat the iPad?". HP entering the operating system space isn't something that they'd choose to do lightly, that's for sure...they must have felt like they had no choice.

Tags: microsoft, apple, hp, palm, ipad, ios

Monday, July 19, 2010

HP Files for "PalmPad" Trademark

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:34 PM

http://www.precentral.net/hp-files-...lmpad-trademark

There's not much to say here, beyond the headline: PreCentral is reporting that HP has filed for the trademark on the word PalmPad. Seems like a logical name for a WebOS-based slate device, but I can't help but think that with all the flack that Apple caught for using the term "Pad" in "iPad", HP might picked a better name for it. I suppose they want to leverage the Palm brand name, but "WebSlate" might have been a better combination of Palm's WebOS and the now-terminated HP Slate. I think "slate" is a cooler term than "pad". Where do you weigh in on this?


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