Just after writing about HP’s successes in the enterprise services market, I came across Michael Arrington’s plea for HP to continue making the TouchPad. He really, really wanted his own foray into the tablet market, the ill-fated CrunchPad, to work, and he sees this as an opportunity to promote some sort of spiritual successor. He even modified the headline from “Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those TouchPads” to “Dear HP: Please Keep Making Those CrunchPads! Er…TouchPads” (see the URL).
But as entertaining (or obnoxious) as Arrington may be to any given reader, his advice is terrible: He’s suggesting HP stoop from where they are now, the U.S. market leader in the commmoditized consumer PC market, to being a late entrant competing against no-name Chinese knockoffs in the tablet market, competing on price.
While everyone’s marveling at the $100 price point of the TouchPad (I was in for two, full disclosure), the fact of the matter is there have been tablets in the price range before: