Mark Hurd is intent on challenging Apple for the title of “coolest tech company” around after his latest announcement regarding the time table of several webOS devices (which may include the Topaz tablet).
The starting gun will be fired on 9 February, with a “big product announcement” on mobile devices, and hints of phones and tablet computers. […]
“I hope one day people will say ‘this is as cool as HP’, not ‘as cool as Apple’,” says Mr Apotheker.
So far, so obvious a sales pitch.
But HP, he says, is the only large IT company “that is equally good on the consumer side and on the commercial [enterprise] side.Â (BBC)
While 2011 will probably be seen as the year of the tablet, truth be told very few companies have come out with a serious iPad competitor including RIM (as the Blackberry Playbook’s smaller size may not appeal to the masses).
Although HP has the potential of taking Apple on and winning (as their webOS boasts a superior UI than iOS), theirÂ AchillesÂ heel is the small number of webOS apps which make or break the tablet in the eyes of consumers.
(Image via BBC, hat tip Engadget)