Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his team have been quite insistent that the 7-inch form factor doesn’t make sense for a tablet, while other companies have been quite happy to give it a go. The latest is Acer, who unveiled its new Iconia Tab A100 on Friday morning, the first 7-inch to come with Android Honeycomb 3.2.
Remember that weekend sale we told you about last Friday that could nab you the HP TouchPad for a cool $100 off the retail price? Take your time, there’s no hurry -- HP has now made the price cut permanent in its race to make webOS the number two spot in the tablet market.
Apple rules the tablet roost with the iPad, but that isn’t stopping others from trying to shake its golden eggs from the nest. Case in point: HP is running a promotion this weekend only for its webOS-driven TouchPad, making this slick competitor a better value than the iPad -- if you act fast.
You’ve probably heard by now that Apple Inc. had another boffo quarter, with plenty of facts and figures to prove it -- not to mention record revenue of $28.57 billion. But one of the most interesting numbers shows how the iPad has overtaken the Mac in less than a year and a half.
Take that, Google: A new report suggests “second-grade” touchscreen panels rejected by Apple for the iPad 2 are making their way into “Chinese ‘white-box’ iPad clones” used for cheaper Android tablets.
According to early reviews of the HP TouchPad that hit the internet late Wednesday, the iPad is still king of the tablet world. The first webOS tablet arrives in stores on Friday, but at least one reviewer bills it as “mediocre,” despite ripping a page right out of Apple’s own playbook.
If you’ve been waiting the better part of 15 months to have an official Facebook app for your iPad, you’re not alone. Maybe you’ve even caved in and purchased one of the many third-party apps but have been left wanting more. A new report claims that your patience may soon be rewarded.
Apple has certainly held its own against a wave of contenders to the tablet throne this year, with only the $399 Asus Eee Pad Transformer coming anywhere near what could be considered modest success. On July 1, HP is going to throw its considerable weight into the mix with the long-awaited webOS-based TouchPad.
If you can’t beat ‘em, get crazy with ‘em -- that seems to be the philosophy of ASUS, the maker of inexpensive netbooks and now iPad-challenging tablets such as the sold-out everywhere Eee Pad Transformer. On Monday, the company announced their craziest tablet product yet.
If you’re the CEO of a company trying to market a tablet against the iPad onslaught, you might do well to heed the wisdom of NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, who seems to know exactly why your tablets can’t compete with Apple.