There are tablets that are mildly disappointing, you know, the kind that don’t quite live up to their potential. And then there are slates that are so bad they should have never seen the light of day. We’re talking about the kind of fail that should cause a company to rethink its whole product strategy. Some of these tablets were so awful they caused their makers’ stocks to tank. Hard. Here are the top 10 tablet flops.
Putting the multitasking-friendly webOS into a tablet with a dual-core processor and Flash support seemed like a great idea. Too bad the TouchPad was sluggish and buggy, had short battery life and lacked compelling apps. HP killed this product just 49 days after its launch, and the last remaining TouchPads were fire-sold for $99. This tablet was such a failure that HP pulled the plug on all webOS hardware after spending $1.2 billion on Palm just 6 months earlier. Not coincidentally, HP replaced its CEO not long after.