The tablet market had been in a moribund state until Apple breathed life into it. Since then, a number of high profile vendors (Dell, Google, Microsoft, and Research in Motion) have been busily outlining plans to deliver devices. With so much competition evident, the question becomes: how many vendors can the tablet market support? Probably fewer than those who are now interested in delivering such products.
So, how will HP fare? The company has done a good job marketing many of its products to small and medium businesses; however, it has not been a major player in the mobile space. In addition, the Palm devices garnered only niche acceptance and were headed to obscurity before Hewlett-Packard picked them up off the scrap heap. To spur sales, the vendor could more closely bundle its mobile devices with its hardware and networking products, however, it is unclear what types of bundles it could offer and how they would compare to competitive devices. So while the company's new foray has potential, a lot of work needs to be done before HP will be viewed as a key mobile device supplier.