Enterprise Mobility: 10 Worst Tablet Models of 2011
It's official: 2011 was the year of the tablet. Just about every company that competes in the technology industry is selling a tablet this year in the hopes of making a quick profit on a craze that, most analysts agree, won't let up for the next several years. Just how popular have tablets been? According to some research firms, by the end of 2011, computer makers may have shipped as many as 63 million tablets. What's more, during the third quarter alone, shipments jumped nearly 300 percent, according to research firm IDC. It's safe to say that consumers have a near-insatiable desire to buy tablets. But when those consumers head to the stores, not just any tablet model will do. Instead, they're searching for top-rated products with appealing features, like Apple's iPad or Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1. Many of the other tablets are languishing on store shelves. The fact is the tablet industry has too many tablet makers that quickly jumped into the market this year with downright awful products in hopes of grabbing attention and market share. But consumers saw through these weak attempts to make a quick buck and ignored the many models with features that fell well short of the leading products. This eWEEK slide show examines some of the tablets released this year that failed to appeal to consumers for one reason or another.
The HP TouchPad was discontinued for a fundamental reason: It couldn't match the quality of its competitors. Although the device sold well at $99, that was only because the price was reduced to the point where it became a bargain as HP discontinued the model and sought to clear out its inventory. The TouchPad tried to be the iPad, but it failed.