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  • iPad to Face Challenge from HP Slate


    The tablet marketplace is getting a new combatant.

    After a full half-year of dominating the marketplace as the lone tablet getting all the attention, Apple's iPad is seeing another rival step up to the tablet plate. Hot off the presses - HP is moving forward with long rumored plans to launch its new "Slate 500" tablet computer.



    Much like RIM's recently announced BlackBerry-esque tablet, the Slate will be heavily promoted to business customers and sell for a retail price of $799. While HP's dedicated page for the Slate hasn't gone live yet, the news is out and sources are telling Reuters some of the must-have details about the HP Slate 500.

    Carol Hess-Nickels, director of business notebook marketing at HP, emphasized the Slate's business utility. She expects retail, healthcare and insurance companies, among others, to build custom applications that take advantage of the device's portability.
    The Slate runs Windows 7, has an Intel Atom processor, sports an 8.9-inch, multi-touch-enabled screen, weighs 1.5 pounds, has 64 gigs of storage, front and rear cameras, a USB port, a digital stylus pen, up to five hours of battery life per charge, Wi-Fi access, but "no built-in capability to connect to high-speed cellular networks."

    HP is expected to formally launch its dedicated page to the Slate imminently.

    Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad to Face Challenge from HP Slate started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 80 Comments
    1. ev_ol's Avatar
      ev_ol -
      A real OS that was never designed for touch controls.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      I've had a couple HP laptops and never had a problem. IMO a juiced HP or Sony PC is better/cheaper than any mac. As for the slate, it seems pretty good, except for the battery life.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      iPad to Face Challenge from ipad2G. not from this tablet or any tablet for a longtime to come hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahah.
      Still using iOS...
      Only way iPad can beat a full on OS is if it runs on cloud.

      Quote Originally Posted by athleticswimmer View Post
      yea its all about the OS....bad OS bad Product
      Not sure if you are bagging on Apple because it is such a limited OS, or you are a MS Hater. After reading your previous post, you are going against MS.
    1. danelgran's Avatar
      danelgran -
      Hey all-

      I actually had the opportunity to handle an HP Slate last week. My HP sales rep brought one in for us to look at. bottom line: It's crap! The hardware is slick but Windows 7 is in now way a tablet OS and does not compete with the simplicity that iOS brings to the iPad.

      Not only that but the thing heats up pretty quickly and the battery life sucks big time! Even the HP rep told me that most of his clients are telling him the same thing! He even told us to wait for the WebOS version of the client!

      Apple and iPad has nothing to worry about on this one...

      Seriously.
    1. tonman23's Avatar
      tonman23 -
      had the opportunity to use the slate for an hour and i set it down after 10 minutes. Windows 7 is probably the best windows os for touch but the experience is nowhere near the iPad. Looks like there won't be a web OS slate for at least 6 months
    1. MrObatres's Avatar
      MrObatres -
      I will buy one I believe I can install os x on it plus I love my laptop but it's to bulky and with I can use many windows apps right on the go ha can't wait
    1. h4ng0ver's Avatar
      h4ng0ver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      For once apple hardware is a better value for the price
      You think so? let see
      Ipad 64G = $699
      HP Slate - $799 a whopping $100 different, so what you get for that $100 different you ask?
      - USB 2.0 port
      - Front back camera
      - A SD slot for SD cards
      - WACOM digitizer with stylus pen (look it up)
      - Integrated 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 3.0 + HS combo
      - A full blown windows 7 pro OS
      - 2G or RAM
      - being able to install any existing windows software
      - A real processor with 1.6 Ghz
      .....more
      The point is the HP Slate is not meant to compete with toys like the ipad, it's build for business, for industries like insurance, home appraisal, medical, construction...etc that already use their specialized software on tablet PC's for years...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      So many one aided comments as always. We haven't even seen this thing in action? How is everyone so sure it will be bad. Because it runs windows 7? Tell me what is so bad about windows 7. I'd love to hear it. Battery life isn't optimal but o wouldn't call it abysmal. Who spends more than five hours a day on a thing like this?
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rich27 View Post
      How will this ever compete with the iPad?

      No 3g
      No extensive App Store
      More expensive

      Why would anyone buy this???????
      Doesn't need an app store. It is 100% fully capable of installing .exe files and such. This is a full OS we're talking about. Why apps if you have millions of programs, loads of games, it can install anything windows. Put iTunes on it, put Photoshop on it, put Diskaid, put Imgburn, run Sn0wbreeze on it, use Redsn0w. Point made.
    1. h4ng0ver's Avatar
      h4ng0ver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I still don't get this whole tablets having rear cameras thing. Especially people wanting it on the 10" iPad. Have people imagined themselves and others taking photos and VIDEOS with something nine or ten inches diagonal? That'd look STUPID! I'm sorry, but that really would. "Let's go to the game." (Or anything else, really) "OK." "Hey, did you bring a camera?" "No, but I've always got my iPad!" "Put that thing down, I'm trying to see! Who actually takes pictures with their IPAD anyway?"
      Think about this scenario, an insurance adjuster already have his insurance speacialized software installed on the Slate(as he already has on his PC), instead of taking photos of a car he's working on then get back to his PC, downloading it then upload to his insurance company claim system, he could just use the slate.
      The State is not meant to be used as a toy like an iPad, it's built for business with existing window software...
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Firefox, google chrome, flash, java, what more?!

      Firefox, google chrome, flash, java, what more?! Emulate Linux on it, run games, WTF... BEST TABLET OUT THERE, Hell it's not even there, tablet generation is over, it's all about the SLATE generation
    1. h4ng0ver's Avatar
      h4ng0ver -
      Starcraft 2 anyone? might be slow though
    1. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      Thanksnfor clearing that up danelgran. I wasn't aware some were already built
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by danelgran View Post
      Hey all-

      I actually had the opportunity to handle an HP Slate last week. My HP sales rep brought one in for us to look at. bottom line: It's crap! The hardware is slick but Windows 7 is in now way a tablet OS and does not compete with the simplicity that iOS brings to the iPad.

      Not only that but the thing heats up pretty quickly and the battery life sucks big time! Even the HP rep told me that most of his clients are telling him the same thing! He even told us to wait for the WebOS version of the client!

      Apple and iPad has nothing to worry about on this one...

      Seriously.
      now way? Maybe no way?
      Anyways you can always simplify things, turn this off turn that off. But you can not make a simple iPad more.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by h4ng0ver View Post
      Think about this scenario, an insurance adjuster already have his insurance speacialized software installed on the Slate(as he already has on his PC), instead of taking photos of a car he's working on then get back to his PC, downloading it then upload to his insurance company claim system, he could just use the slate.
      The State is not meant to be used as a toy like an iPad, it's built for business with existing window software...
      True, I still really don't get the iPad one though.
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      It seems every conversation about the iPad comes down to the "it's not a real OS" thing.

      Has anyone making this argument stopped to think what 90% of computer owners do on their machines?

      I know we here, and those at other tech sites are the over initiated outliers, but in reality most people do just a handful of things on their computers.

      The average user web surfs, reads email and occasionally uploads and views photos.

      There is really very little the "normal" user would want to do that cannot be accomplished within the existing iPad environment.

      In addition the slimmer OS provides greater battery life, better overall performance, cooler running temps and faster boot/launch times and I can't really imagine wanting a "real OS" on a pad/slate/tablet.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      I have an iPhone 4 and an iPad 3g. I love them both and think they're great devices but I'm not an idiot Apple Fanboy that is close minded to all other products on the market. I look forward to checking out the HP Slate when its released and if it's a great device that I feel I'll benefit from then I'll be purchasing one to go along with my other devices.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by rich27 View Post
      How will this ever compete with the iPad?

      No 3g
      No extensive App Store
      More expensive

      Why would anyone buy this???????
      Because there is a real market for it. The iPad is awesome, and I had a lot of fun with mine before I sold it.

      iPad: App-store has too many restrictions for distribution of proprietary software. It's based entirely on marketing the software, when sometimes you don't want to sell it. Most corporations use custom software to do internal functions.

      Slate: Supports MSOffice, most corporations can run their software with little or no modifications of the code. IT departments can distribute software, and remotely troubleshoot a Slate with W7.

      iPad: No USB, no camera.

      Slate: PC USB accessories will work with it, has webcam, can connect external drives.

      I can tell you that I could get a LOT more done with a Slate than an iPad. Apple's restrictions are the biggest reason for that, not hardware.
    1. danelgran's Avatar
      danelgran -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      So many one aided comments as always. We haven't even seen this thing in action? How is everyone so sure it will be bad. Because it runs windows 7? Tell me what is so bad about windows 7. I'd love to hear it. Battery life isn't optimal but o wouldn't call it abysmal. Who spends more than five hours a day on a thing like this?
      I held one...for about 20 minutes... HP added an ipad-ish front end that is sluggish and unusable.

      I held one...its crap! Windows 7 on this thing sucks!!!!

      If only you can turn off Windows 7 on this thing! Did I mention this thing brings a stylus????? That's like taking a step backwards! and the Windows 7 keyboard is garbage!

      But don't take my word for it....soon everyone will realize how crappy this thing is!
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Slate will fail. Full Win 7 is not designed for touch-only input. I know; I have an HP Tablet PC. I'd Never, EVER use that thin with the stylus 100% of the time. also, the Atom and integrated graphics will be slow and mediocre, (in that order). Forget about games. and I'm skeptical about YoutubeHD or Hulu HD.

      Oh, and it won't move nearly as fast as an iPad.

      Personally, I'd recommend avoiding this unless you just want a basic device good for note taking (OneNote). that's just about the only thing the iPad doesn't do.