Photos: From launch to loser - the 14 fastest-failing tech products

HP Touchpad

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HP Touchpad Source: HP

HP Touchpad

HP’s announcement that it intends to move away from the PC side of its business led to a firesale of remaining HP Tablet stock in the UK and US, pricing the device once hailed as "the iPad killer" at £89.

Announced February 9th, with Palm's WebOS, great things were expected but disappointing sales killed off the range on the 18th of August.

Lasted: 55 days

 

A year ago HP spent billions buying up Palm with a view to venturing into the world of tablets and smartphones, only to announce a few days ago that it is discontinuing its consumer-oriented computer business.

The decision to focus on profitable enterprise-based technology and software led to the HP Touchpad being axed after 55 days on sale. The demise of the Touchpad and other WebOS devices has prompted Computer Weekly to compile a list of other notable gadget failures.

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