So it seems that HP have decided to put the Palm name to sleep with all the new products announced at yesterday’s event being HP branded.
But I can’t help but feel that it was a bit of a stupid decision – I don’t think HP really has the best reputation for quality computing products. As an Apple fanboy, it’s a bit like my opinion of Microsoft products – I ignorantly turn my nose up at anything Microsoft branded (Xbox excluded) due to my allegiance to Apple. Microsoft would need to truly wow me in order to sway my opinion. I used to work in a PC retail store that sold a good range to manufacturers, but by far the highest number of returns came from HP – there is a reason why they are cheap.
HP might have a reputation for selling a lot of units in the PC market, but if they want to compete with the iPad, the TouchPad needs to ooze quality – and I don’t think it can do that with an HP badge on the back.