HP dominates the commodity PC market, selling more beige boxes and plastic laptops than anyone else on the planet, so what's to stop their upcoming webOS-based HP TouchPad tablet from overtaking Apple's number one selling iPad to become... um... better than number one? Nothing but wishing it to be so, according to Eric Cador, Senior VP of HP Personal Systems Group of the EMEA.
“In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.”
We're huge fans of webOS, and it's great to see the company aiming high, but the iPad isn't just "number one", it's still so far ahead there's no clear "number two" at this point. HP first has to release one tablet, make sure that release is competitive with iPad 3 (it's too late to compete with iPad 2), and offer features, functions, and apps that taken together are compelling enough for someone to buy it instead of an iPad (or for people intent on getting "not an iPad" to choose HP over Android Honeycomb or BlackBerry Playbook tablets).
Given that, and given the comments Roger McNamee made before the ill-fated Palm Pre launch, it might behoove the folks at HP to make sure the TouchPad speaks for itself.