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Finally, the Tablet to Make HP and RIM Feel Better About Themselves

There have been some pretty bad attempts to take on the iPad over the past year, but things reached a new low last night.

On NBC’s “The Office,” the fictional Dunder Mifflin team was forced to sell a triangle-shaped tablet, dubbed the Pyramid. It’s heavy and has poor battery life and, well, it’s shaped like a triangle. It has enough flaws to make the TouchPad and PlayBook seem like home runs.

Of course, unlike the products from HP and RIM (and dozens of less-than-successful Android tablets), what the Pyramid has going for it is that it was never meant to be real.

That said, its arrival should provide some comic relief for the tablet industry, at least until they remember that Apple continues to laugh its way to the bank.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus