Daily Dose of iQ: Uphill Battle for iPad Competitors

Aug 17, 2011 — Allan Pulga

Nobody's buying the HP TouchPad

Arik Hesseldahl of All Things Digital reported yesterday (Aug. 16) on HP's inability to sell its TouchPad tablet, even with a $50 discount, spot discounts of $100, and an official $100 product drop.

"According to one source who has seen internal HP reports, Best Buy has taken delivery of 270,000 TouchPads and has so far managed to sell only 25,000, or less than 10 percent of the units in its inventory," he wrote.

Sprint passes on 4G PlayBook

This news comes a few days after Sprint announced it will not be selling a 4G version of the RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook for use on its Wi-Max network. Neither AT&T nor Verizon currently support the PlayBook on their networks.

"Without carrier support, RIM can only sell a Wi-Fi version of its product," explains Christina Bonnington of Wired (Aug. 12). "It must be (tethered to) a BlackBerry phone in order to access a carrier’s 3G network. When the product was announced, future 3G and 4G models were promised (see PlayBook Launch)."

Samsung fights Galaxy Tab ban in Europe

Meanwhile, Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Tab device was banned on Aug. 9 for import into most European countries. A German judge ruled in favor of Apple's claims that the Galaxy Tab violates its iPad and iPhone patents. As of today (Aug. 17), the ban has been partilally lifted, according to Hayley Tsukayama of the Washington Post.

The Apple iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, with 61.3 percent of global tablet marketshare, according to Strategy Analytics (July 21). Android is in second place with 30.1 percent, followed by Microsoft (4.6 percent) and RIM (3.3 percent).

"It's iPad or nothing, survey says"

Although Strategy Analytics' data shows that Android is increasing its share of the market, others do not. A recent survey conducted by Robert W. Baird found that among 1,100 potential tablet buyers, an overwhelming 94.5 percent cited the iPad as a device of interest, reported Roger Cheng of CNET News today (Aug. 17).

"Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad was the second most-cited device, garnering just 10.3 percent of the people surveyed, while Research in Motion's PlayBook was a laggard," wrote Cheng.

Oh boy. The number-two most interesting tablet isn't even moving off the shelves.

It's going to take quite the device -- not to mention one that's hemmed in with patent-suit-proof armor -- to wrestle market share away from the iPad. Maybe Google and Motorola will be just the pair to build it.

Topics: Wireless Trends, Mobile Industry

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