Tablets Still in Their Earliest Days

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-06-01 Print this article Print

'Tablets Still in Their Earliest Days'

The tablet market is only in its earliest days, DeWitt said. "Apple has done what it has done, there have been a lot of great lessons learned-good, bad and otherwise. We know we're at the beginning of a marathon," he said.

HP's consumer and business tablet, the TouchPad (announced last February), is being readied for distribution within the next 4-8 weeks. And not a moment too soon for the world's largest IT company (by sales volume).

"We're about to launch the TouchPad. We're very excited about that; it's a very elegant and sweet product," DeWitt said. "We will be rapidly maturing our tablet and smartphone market and extending the webOS footprint to our PCs and our printers.

"If you roll the clock forward a year or two, and when you think about the volumes that we've moved, we will have hundreds of millions of devices that will be webOS-enabled. That allows us to bring to the developer community a value proposition that's unique in the market."

As for Apple's astounding head start in the tablet business, DeWitt said that "we're an industry that leapfrogs constantly. Remember a handful of years ago when minis came out? Everybody was saying that those were the Second Coming."

Tablets Fit into 'Human Equation'

"The fact of the matter is that tablets fit into the human equation. It's a great device from a form-factor perspective, for consumption on a million different levels. Where developers take this will ultimately define where this category will go. Will they replace PCs? Of course not. But PCs aren't going to replace tablets, either."

Tablets have been cannibalizing HP's PCs business to an extent "because we haven't been participating, but when we participate in the tablet market, we certainly anticipate we will take our rightful share for the value we deliver into the market," DeWitt said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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