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Big Talk from HP Europe: TouchPad will be "Better than #1" with thousands of big name apps

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Mon, 23 May 2011 9:46 am EDT

In a world where the iPad currently dominates the tablet market, and the many models of Android tablets following behind at a fairly great distance, the HP TouchPad is going to need both a strong marketing push and some really stellar features/apps to put it in direct competition with other tablets. While it's getting some big talk from other developers and tech-bloggers around the world who are anticipating its release, no one has spoken so highly and bluntly about the device as Eric Cador, Senior VP of Personal Systems Group of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), had at a recent Press Conference.

He's quoted saying, “In the PC world, with fewer ways of differentiating HP’s products from our competitors, we became number one; in the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.” Hmmm... Big words there, eh Cador?

Those aren't just empty words, though, as he does give us a taste at why he believes HP will dominate this market (just as Leo Apotheker has). Not only will HP be releasing the TouchPad with partners like Last.FM, Sky and The Guardian (that's news to us), but another HP spokesperson also went on to say that the TouchPad would arrive in the hands of consumers with "thousands of other apps" available in the Catalog.

If all goes according to the spoken plan, Cador and the rest of us could very well see a device that attracts both corporate employees and consumers alike (because they are the same people). But while we can appreciate the strong sentiments from Cador about the TouchPad being bigger than #1 in the tablet market, let's hope he didn't jinx it by speaking too soon. We still need to see that plan unravel, after all. If those three companies he listed are involved, though, that's three more big European brands that we'll get to add to our list of TouchPad launch partners. 

Hey, the more the merrier, right?