We've said it before, and it looks like HP agrees with us. According to a report by Precentral.net, Todd Bradley, an Executive VP with HP/Palm, mused during an interview with CNBC that “tablets are phenomenal for content consumption" while "PCs [are] great for content creation.”
And, at least considering the tablets available right now -- including the almighty iPad -- we still think he's right. The tablet format is wonderful for browsing the web, watching videos, reading ebooks, checking email, etc. But when it comes to getting serious work done, the tablet is no substitute for an old-fashioned desktop or laptop.
What's interesting about Bradley's comment, though, is that it's an acknowledgment from a major manufacturer that the tablet's purpose is to give users an entirely new experience -- not to replace their computers. Of course, that's not to say that other manufacturers won't try to make tablets that can replace computers in the future. But we know now that at least HP/Palm sees the tablet as a device that should stand on its own, apart from the personal computer.
Oh, and we'd be remiss if we didn't mention why Bradley was on CNBC in the first place: he was talking about HP/Palm's February 9th announcement, when, as an all-but-officially-confirmed rumor has it, HP will anounce a line of webOS tablets.