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Channel Partners To Help WebOS Tablet Beat iPad 2 Reckons HP

After Microsoft and Dell, yet another major technology company has criticised Apple's product strategy, more specifically its relationship with the all-important channel partners.

HP America's senior vice president of solution partners organisation, Stephen DeWitt reckons that the company's "strong channel partner pedigree" will help make WebOS a more "compelling and profitable one" compared to Apple's iOS.

Speaking to CRN, DeWitt said that "Apple's relationship with partners is transactional, completely. Apple doesn't have an inclusive philosophy of partner capabilities, and that's just absurd".

An anonymous source also told CRN that "Unlike Apple, HP is very channel friendly. And if you have an issue with HP you can pick up the phone and talk to someone. That's something that's impossible with Apple."

"As an Apple partner," he added "I can say that it really feels like they're holding you hostage sometimes," said the source."

This mirrors what we've heard over here; many retailers in the UK expressed their frustrations last Friday when Apple ordered them to close down their shops for one hour to prepare their stores for the release of the iPad 2.

In addition, many complained about the fact that they were prevented from selling the iPad 2 before 5PM although they already had it in stock.