The iPad revolutionized the tablet and Android showed the iPhone isn't invincible, but these products showed the road to the mobile future has also claimed many victims
Dead and dying mobile technology of 2010
HP Slate 500
Sprint ZTE Peel for iPod Touch
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Microsoft Windows Phone 7
Microsoft's Steve Ballmer
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HP Slate 500
You know a product isn't a serious contender when the company plans to make only 5,000 units. Enter the HP Slate 500, a Windows 7-based slate that Microsoft used as a rallying cry to exhort device makers into selling its operating system on tablets instead of Google's. HP ended up making 9,000 Slates to satisfy demand -- a very tiny figure given that the iPad sells a few million units a month.
And HP's statement to InfoWorld.com that the Slate isn't meant for business users, just for specialty enterprise tasks that require custom programming, confirms the Slate isn't a real product.
I bet that the HP Slate was never more than a political sop to Microsoft, a pretend effort to be nice given HP's purchase of the competing WebOS. In other words, the Slate was thrown under the bus, meant to be run over.
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