HP Says Apple Not TouchPad’s Target

Richard Kerris, VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at HP via The Loop:

We think there’s a better opportunity for us to go after the enterprise space and those consumers that use PCs. This market is in it’s infancy and there is plenty of room for both of us to grow.

With a strong presence in the enterprise space it is the only opportunity for HP. Consumers that use PCs? I’m betting that a large portion of PC users are also iPad users. But what I’m interested in finding out is this: why did HP copy the overall industrial design of the iPad with the exact same display (9.7 inches, 1024×768 pixel format, 4:3 aspect ratio), and gear the TouchPad toward the enterprise?

John Gruber thinks it’s smart, I do too, but I don’t buy it. I believe HP is going after the same market Apple is with the iPad. And from all the reviews I’ve read this morning I don’t have confidence that HP’s TouchPad is competitive: not in the consumer space, not with PC users, and not in the enterprise market. The iPad has cornered the first two markets. The enterprise? The strongest contender in the enterprise market is RIM and look where it’s headed.

*Update:* HP has thrown in the towel after dismal *consumer* demand for its TouchPad.

Majority of New Cell Phone Purchases in US are Smartphones

Nielsen:

According to Nielsen’s May survey of mobile consumers in the U.S., 38 percent now own smartphones. And 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months reported buying a smartphone instead of a feature phone, up from 34 percent just a year ago.

Feature phone is out; smartphone is in. This trend isn’t surprising.

ars technica:

Those numbers show that Android still makes up the majority of new smartphone sales for customers who picked them up in the last three months, but interest in the platform has stopped growing for now. But Apple has managed to fight back: interest in iPhones has risen anew since January when iPhones sales had tapered off, while Android phones were climbing. The introduction of the Verizon iPhone likely had something to do with this swapping of roles, as analysts predicted shortly after its introduction.

What baffles me is how interest in Android smartphones has stopped growing? Especially in light of so many new Android smartphone introductions. And interest for iPhones increases with just a Verizon iPhone. I wonder what would happen if Apple broadened iPhone availability to T-Mobile and Sprint.

HP TouchPad Review by David Pogue

David Pogue:

It supposedly has a blazing-fast chip inside, but you wouldn’t know it. When you rotate the screen, it takes the screen two seconds to match — an eternity in tablet time. Apps can take a long time to open; the built-in chat app, for example, takes seven seconds to appear. Animations are sometimes jerky, reactions to your finger swipes sometimes uncertain.

This is a recurring theme. Both Joshua Topolsky and Jason Snell have experienced this unpredictable responsiveness.

Pogue’s conclusion:

In this 1.0 incarnation, the TouchPad doesn’t come close to being as complete or mature as the iPad or the best Android tablets; you’d be shortchanging yourself by buying one right now, unless you’re some kind of rabid A.B.A. nut (Anything but Apple).

HP TouchPad Review by Joshua Topolsky

Joshua Topolsky:

The screen is a 1024 x 768, 9.7-inch LCD with capacitive touch. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s pretty much the iPad display to a tee. Compared side-by-side with the iPad 2, I was impressed with the clarity and color tone on the TouchPad, though it’s worth noting that brightness was noticeably dimmer on the HP device. Viewing angles were also comparable between the two screens.

Dimmer? The bright LCD on the iPad 2 is terrible out in the sun. I can only imagine how bad the TouchPad will be.

In particular, I found touch sensitivity and general fluidity of the user interface to be wanting badly at times. Presses to buttons on the screen would go unanswered, applications would suddenly pause, lists I was scrolling moved intermittently and erratically (or would just disappear altogether). Sometimes the device felt smooth and light, while at other moments it locked up or sputtered to a point of complete aggravation.

This is exactly what Jason Snell experienced. I’m somewhat surprised that HP thinks the TouchPad is ready for primetime.

Topolsky’s conclusion:

Still, the bottom line here is that the stability and smoothness of the user experience is not up to par with the iPad or something like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, even if many of the underlying ideas are actually a lot better and more intuitive than what the competition offers.

HP TouchPad Review by Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg:

I’ve been testing the TouchPad for about a week and, in my view, despite its attractive and different user interface, this first version is simply no match for the iPad. It suffers from poor battery life, a paucity of apps and other deficits.

Those other deficits: no rear camera, 300 tablet-optimized apps, Angry Birds crashed repeatedly requiring a hard reboot, Windows-like behavior where it grows sluggish the more you use it requiring a hard reboot, uneven Flash performance, lack of precision cursor placement, etc.

Mossberg’s conclusion:

But, at least for now, I can’t recommend the TouchPad over the iPad 2.

HP TouchPad Review by Jason Snell

Jason Snell at MacWorld:

Sometimes I think one of the most important achievements of Apple’s iOS development team is completely overlooked by most reviewers: the fact that on iOS devices, when you move your finger, the on-screen objects under your finger move along with it. No lag, no judder of dropped frames, just a pure illusion that you’re physically manipulating an object. Almost every time I have tried a new Android phone or tablet—and when I tried the TouchPad—I am surprised to find that the interface just isn’t as responsive as Apple’s.

Imagine text appearing a split second after you press the key on your keyboard. Or if the mouse pointer moved, not as you were moving your mouse, but a little later. That experience would drive anyone mad and would be unacceptable on a modern computer.

And here is HP, one of the largest high-tech companies in the world, with complete control over its hardware and operating system, not able to get this right, and trying to hawk its not-fully-baked TouchPad for $500. Maybe HP isn’t as good as I thought at copying Apple.

Snell’s conclusion:

For now, the TouchPad is just another iPad competitor that can’t measure up.

Amazon Associates: Notice of Termination Due to New California Law

In an email from Amazon I received this morning:

Unfortunately, Governor Brown has signed into law the bill that we emailed you about earlier today. As a result of this, contracts with all California residents participating in the Amazon Associates Program are terminated effective today, June 29, 2011. Those California residents will no longer receive advertising fees for sales referred to Amazon.com, Endless.com, MYHABIT.COM or SmallParts.com. Please be assured that all qualifying advertising fees earned before today will be processed and paid in full in accordance with the regular payment schedule.

Simply brilliant Governor Brown.

PS: I thank all of you who have supported DisplayBlog using the Amazon link. The link at the bottom of DisplayBlog has been removed.

iPhone 5, Really?

Yanko Design: Designer Michal Bonikowski shares his iPhone 5 concept. One of the main reasons why Apple went with a curved design for the new iPod touch was to eliminate a dimension. The curved back serves as both the back and the sides of the iPod touch, resulting in a sturdier and rugged design.

This iPhone 5 concept has both a curved back and the external antenna band. I don’t think Apple would do that. I’m fairly sure if Apple decides to curve the back of the iPhone 5 that it would do that to eliminate the side, exactly like the latest iPod touch and similar to the 3G and 3GS.