HP is barely clinging to first place in legacy PCs but has managed to enter the consumer space of small cheap computers with a bang.
“Hewlett-Packard has reentered the consumer tablet market with the Slate 7, an Android-based device with a 7-inch screen that will start at US$169.”
see HP lets loose Android-based Slate 7 tablet starting at $169 | ITworld
It’s not too surprising that HP has evolved but it is interesting that they are not plugging themselves into the “high end” of prices as M$ did, but are rather competitive in price in the mid-range. That should give them huge volume rapidly.
With businesses, HP has a great name. Consumers need small cheap mobile computers as well and HP seems to be making the right decisions. Let’s hope they do well and expand their product lines. I think WebOS was killed off too quickly, but that’s water under the bridge. Android/Linux is a good choice. One can ship Android/Linux in volume more or less instantly because it is known globally and with this price can reach all but the poorest regions.