Enterprise Mobility: 10 Tablets That Should Join HP TouchPad on the Extinction List

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2011-08-26 Print this article Print
The Acer Iconia Tablet

The Acer Iconia Tablet

Its hard to find too many worthwhile features in the Acer Iconia Tablet that cant be found in other devices. The slate comes with a 2-megapixel camera, a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, and a 10.1-inch display. However, its running Android Honeycomb 3.0—an issue for those looking for the more-reliable Android 3.1. Combine that with the fact few people even know about the device, and it might not be long before the $400 tablet fades from the market.
When Hewlett-Packard launched the TouchPad in July, the company had high hopes for its future. It thought that WebOS could catch on with customers, and consumers would respond well to the device's iPad-like design. But in less than two months, it became clear that wasn't the case. HP was forced to discontinue the device. Some have criticized HP for discontinuing its tablet so soon. They say that the company should have stuck it out to see if things would turn around. They also suggested that the company should consider offering up a new version of its tablet to try to appeal to those looking for something else. But HP disagreed. And instead, the company decided to end its tablet program altogether. Looking around the tablet space, it's now clear that other devices might soon follow the TouchPad. Aside from the iPad 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, there isn't a single device that is performing all that well at retail. It's about time these tablet makers do something about that. To help them out, we've compiled the following list to highlight 10 tablets that are on their way toward joining the TouchPad on the extinction list.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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