On Friday, August 19, Apple’s iPad finally met its marketing
match. That’s when Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad went on sale for as
little as $99 and triggered the kind of buying frenzy that had
been reserved exclusively for products from Apple.
Over the last year and a half, no other tablet had been able to
come as close as the TouchPad to eclipsing the fixation that
consumers have had on the iPad.
Let me get this clear. The iPad “met its match” in a device that sold so poorly that after just 49 days on the market, HP decided to discontinue the product, abandon the WebOS hardware business entirely, and dump the existing stock at a significant loss. OK.