First HP Slate tablet hands-on posted online. The iPad looks safe for now.

First HP Slate tablet hands-on posted online. The iPad looks safe for now.

Summary: When its specs were leaked to the world a couple of weeks ago, HP's answer to the iPad—the Slate tablet—looked like it was bringing some game to the competition, featuring things like a built-in camera and an integrated Webcam, USB port, and Flash support, all of which Apple's tablet lacks. But the first hands-on writeup of the Slate being tested "in the wild" probably isn't going to cause Steve Jobs and company to lose a lot of sleep.

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When its specs were leaked to the world a couple of weeks ago, HP's answer to the iPad—the Slate tablet—looked like it was bringing some game to the competition, featuring things like a built-in camera and an integrated Webcam, USB port, and Flash support, all of which Apple's tablet lacks. But the first hands-on writeup of the Slate being tested "in the wild" probably isn't going to cause Steve Jobs and company to lose a lot of sleep.

A Mexico City-based Website called Conecti.ca managed to score some time with the Slate (a "translated" version—i.e., a Google Translate version—of its findings is here), and when its one-word summation of the experience is "meh," that's not the best sign. The testers' biggest issue was that as a result of it running Windows 7 (with only an Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM) the Slate was slow to load ("long and annoying"), which is especially notable given the iPad's nearly instant boot up.

While the site did appreciate the Slate's expansion options and a screen that it found even brighter than the iPad's, it concludes that the HP tablet is more of a competitor for netbooks than for the iPad. That's not exactly a kiss-of-death verdict, but if the Slate is being held back performance-wise by sticking with Windows, that leaves even more of an opening for an Android-powered tablet being the best hope for those holding out for a non-Apple tablet solution.

[Via Engadget]

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • Yes, a Win7, Atom based tablet will be a turd.

    A lean and mean OS with Arm or MIPS is what is
    called for.
    DonnieBoy
    • Win7 works great with Atom netbooks

      Even with ony 1G it loads in just a few seconds and runs all day. I suspect HP loaded up lots of unoptimized software if it's slow and that a few optimizations in an upgrade are all that's needed.
      Johnny Vegas
      • Re: load time

        Actually it was slow because the "test" was done by an iFad zombie who only knows to press the power button and never heard of anything like standby.
        frankenstone
        • Waht would be really cool is if HP used

          their new patented memrister tech. that and and ultra capacitor instead of a battery and it would get really interesting... :-)
          Johnny Vegas
          • And have it slip another 5-15 years???

            The memristor is cool, has been being worked on for almost 40 years
            and is still some time from being a viable product.

            I do now understand your fascination with Windows, however.
            Bruizer
          • Your completely mistaken here

            The existence of a device with the memristor's properties was conjecture 39 years ago <b>by a Mathematician</b>.

            Only recently (2005, I believe) did someone managed to find a physical device exhibiting properties that resembled those conjectured in 1971.
            Great Kahuna
      • lol

        nt
        richvball44
      • Works great?? Takes a lot of extra memory and processing power, and energy

        to do the same thing as Arm with OSX, or Arm
        with Android? And, you then have a thicker,
        heavier, hotter tablet, that does not go as long
        on a charge.

        You have a very funny idea of "great".
        DonnieBoy
      • What's going with ChromeOS meanwhile?

        We were told this is "the future OS to be", "no need of desktop OS any more", "fancy and capable" blah blah blah.

        OK, so the hype is out there and time to for them to walk the walk and come up with a ChromeOS tablet that blows iPad out of water, right?

        Oops, no. Turns out Google was kidding. They skips ChromeOS and picks Android to fight Apple after Jobs turns the the game on with iPad.

        So much for future OS that can replace desktop OS. If you cannot even take on iPad, you'd better forget about desktop OS. Such a flop.
        LBiege
        • flop Indeed

          "All data on Chrome OS is in the cloud"


          ^0^
          The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • Yes it does

        But I'm still worried about the 1 GB of RAM limitation.

        That, and how much junk am I going to have to uninstall from it? I love HP, but their love of garbageware annoys the hell out of me.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • ?

      Is using 'turd' and 'Win7' in the same sentence considered redundant?
      john_gillespie@...
  • But...But...

    It has USB and Flash?!?!
    oncall
  • RE: First HP Slate tablet hands-on posted online. The iPad looks safe for now.

    To each his own... some people demand a tablet that turns on instantly to run iFart, others can wait a few seconds and then take notes with handwriting recognition.
    frankenstone
    • yeah, who? you and Bill Gates? LOL.. sales of 2.. nice!

      everyone else on the planet has rejected writing recognition because
      it's slower and less accurate than just typing..

      Windows tablets have been rejected.. Windows is wholly inappropriate
      for a tablet style device.. they've been out for 10 freak'n years.. no one
      wants them.. especially one that is going to be as under power as this
      one.. c'mon.. this is not hard to figure out.

      it's asinine to put an OS that has been perfected for year and years to
      be used with mouse and keyboard on a big screen and try to shoe
      horn it on to a tiny screened device that is wholly finger driven.. that's
      just idiotic!
      doctorSpoc
      • To each his own again...

        Some people (more than two) consider writing with a pen or in this case stylus to be the most convenient input method when using a device like this on the move when you need to hold it in one hand. Others I guess are very used to one handed typing... :-)
        frankenstone
        • iPad not a mobile device.. it's a portable device... there's a difference..

          it capable of much more, more efficiently, and will give a much fuller
          experience than a smartphone... it has a different use.. try one handed
          typing on a netbook or notebook..
          doctorSpoc
      • Are you kidding? Win7 runs great on small screens

        Haven't you ever seen a Win7 netbook?
        And Win7 runs great with touch.
        The market has rejected previous tablets because they were previous generation hw/sw.
        Apples previous generation of hw/sw was equally unsuited.

        There's nothing special about tablets. MS will get there just like netbooks. They came late but quickly dominated sales even though many said XP wasn't suited to netbooks.

        And if Atoms don't evolve quick enough there's nothing stopping MS from shipping Win7 on ARM.
        Johnny Vegas
        • window's doesn't run on ARM.. HELLO!! they'd have to totally retool it..

          something tells me MS has their hands full in their futile attempt at
          trying to dig themselves out of the hole they've got themselves into in
          on the smartphone OS front.. they don't have the resources to throw at
          completely re-writing Windows to run on ARM.. even if they were stupid
          enought to do it.. in any case it'd be better to adapt Windows Phone 7
          OS for tablet, not Window 7.. at least with Win Phone 7 they'd be
          working with an OS designed from the ground up to be a touch OS...

          the whole point of tablets it to leave those old, cumbersome, complex
          OSs behind.. putting Windows on a tablet completely defeats the
          purpose.. it's just DUMB! you are much better off with a Windows 7
          netbook than a windows 7 netbook with a sliced off keyboard/win
          tablet.. why would anyone in their right minds buy one of these things..
          it has no advantage over a netbook.. the iPad is a different class of
          device, a from the ground up touch OS with every app designed to be
          used with touch.. a window 7 netbook with the keyboard cut off (win
          tablet) is just stupid!! what are these designers thinking.. crazy!
          doctorSpoc
          • Thank you! I would also assert that you are better off with lightweight OS

            designed for the form-factor on netbooks. And,
            the lightweight OSes will move up the chain to
            bigger and bigger screens, as we get more
            applications for them, and also transition to
            more web applications.
            DonnieBoy