HP found the low end of the tablet pricing scale with its $99 TouchPad. Now it appears HTC, with its $700, AT&T 4G LTE-ready Android Jetstream tablet, is trying to see just how much you'll pay for a non-Apple tablet. (Does it come with a set of steak knives?)
How'd HP do it? Seemingly by just slashing the price to $99. But even at bargain basement prices, consumers want usability. For other also-ran tablets who aspire to nip at Apple's heels, there's a lesson here in finding the sweet spot between price, design, and function.
According to Forrester Research, tablet PC sales will overtake netbook sales by 2012. But Forrester also predicted just 1.2 million iPads will sell in 2010. On what alternative universe data is conclusion based?
Google formalized its plans to launch an online store to deliver e-books to any kind of gadget. Google Editions, as it's called, will open for business in the first quarter of 2010 and compete directly with Amazon.