Microsoft has recently slashed the price of its Windows RT Surface tablet due to lacklustre demand. The product joins a host of other tablets that have failed to deliver in a bid to dethrone the iPad as the king of tablet PC's.
The Motorola Xoom
The first device in the morgue of failed tablets is the Motorola Xoom which was launched in 2011. Motorola was, at the time, enjoying some level of success with its Android phones on Verizon and decided to try to solidify its status as the king of Android by launching its very own tablet to compete with the iPad. The move was destined to fail from the very beginning though as the pricepoint that Motorola aimed for was too steep for consumers at $600. Android at the time was clearly inferior to iOS and even more so in the tablet realm. These factors lead to the Motorola Xoom being one of the duds of 2011.
The HP Touch Pad
WebOS was purchased by HP and soon after it was announced that a tablet was going to be created using the operating system. The tablet flopped and soon HP announced that it was killing off the platform as a result. The TouchPad did prove though that there was a strong market for tablets that were not iPads if the price was low enough. Once HP had slashed the price of the product to $99, in a bid to get rid of it, people were lining up to pick up the tablet device. This probably paved the way for other cheap Android tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 which have been successes.
The Blackberry Playbook
This was definitely one of the worst contraptions in the history of tablet devices. The Blackberry Playbook was very poorly executed. The app ecosystem for the device was weak and the device lacked some of the most basic things that are expected from a Blackberry product such as secure BBM messages and the ability to send secure push email. Given the failure that was the Playbook, Blackberry certainly won't be dipping into the tablet market anytime soon.
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