HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

Summary: The HP Slate has had a tumultuous year, and it's not even available yet. But a new video has us wondering if the Microsoft-backed tablet actually could be the answer to Apple's iPad that we've all been waiting for.

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The HP Slate has had a tumultuous year, and it's not even available yet. But a new video has us wondering if the Microsoft-backed tablet actually could be the answer to Apple's iPad that we've all been waiting for.

Since its official unveiling at CES 2010 in January, reception for the Slate has probably been less than what HP and Microsoft would have hoped for. An underwhelming device (especially when compared to the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab), it has been difficult all year to see where the HP Slate would fit in. There are plans for a WebOS-based Slate to roll out next year, which has received more praise than any other version.

We've known about a Windows 7 version for awhile now, and it looks like we can all get a peek at that one in the leaked YouTube video below. The prototype looks like it could be something we'd see at the consumer level, boasting:

  • Windows 7 OS
  • Glass display
  • SD card slot
  • On-screen keyboard button
  • Microphone
  • Camera
  • Volume buttons
  • USB port
  • Built-in speakers

Using an unidentified Intel processor, the HP Slate is shown to power up and run rather quickly (even if there was something off with the scrolling at first).

While it isn't much, this review has presented a better perspective of the HP Slate than probably anything we've seen up until this point. The 8.9-inch device might not have made the best first impression, and we definitely need to learn more about the specs.

But with the right price, do you think it might have a chance now against the iPad?

[Via Gizmodo]

Topic: Hewlett-Packard

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  • Rather quickly is not instant on.....

    The BIGGER question is how much? Lesser questions might be such as battery life? Then there is this when?

    Pagan jim
    James Quinn
    • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

      @James Quinn
      But you gotta love the dedicated "control-alt-delete" button. If that isn't visionary, creative, forward-thinking, I don't know what it.

      And the fact that it was videoed with an iPHone.
      Synthmeister
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @Synthmeister That dedicated button has been part of the tablet pc hardware spec since the concept launched ~2002-ish (mainly to ctr-alt-del to log on)

        @James Quinn that was a cold boot - even so, it still booted faster than my Blackberry or some dumbphones I've had. Resume from sleep/stand by would be a lot faster.
        kilkenny
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @Synthmeister That dedicated button has been part of the tablet pc hardware spec since the concept launched ~2002-ish (mainly to ctr-alt-del to log on)

        @James Quinn that was a cold boot - even so, it still booted faster than my Blackberry or some dumbphones I've had. Resume from sleep/stand by would be a lot faster.
        kilkenny
      • And that's . . .

        @Synthmeister

        Different than the One button reset/On/off switch on the iPhone/iPod touch in WHAT way, precisely?

        Same function, different name . . . But apparently it's a GOOD thing when it's on an Apple device, huh . . .

        Hypocrite.
        JLHenry
    • Flat Earth Society

      @James Quinn Everything that is flat which is announced in the next three years will cause articles in the tech press asking "Is this finally the iPad killer?" The next flat thing is called the iHop; it's a pancake and it's flat and it comes with maple syrup. You watch, somebody will call it the long-awaited iPad killer.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @Robert Hahn There will be a killer. The EVO is the iPhone killer. It's now regarded by the general public as the "best phone".
        When I walk around campus with my evo out (especially if i took it out of its case for some reason) people always ask me about it. Usually they are like "is that the evo? I heard its even better than the iPhone... is that true?" Or even people with iPhones have said to me "oh man you have an evo, I really wanted one of those, but I'm on contract on at&t with my iPhone, but that phone just does so much more." The funniest are the people with the iPhone 4s who are like ya I have an iPhone 4... its got a nicer screen, but u have hdmi out (or some other random feature that it has), wanna trade me? :D
        These are pieces of real conversations I have had with various people around fiu's main campus over the last few weeks since the semester started.
        So just wait, an "iPad killer" is on its way. Who knows, maybe it will be the rumored HTC tablet. They already killed one Apple device, surely they can do it again.
        Jimster480
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @Jimster480 In the future save us all some time and just type the below because it's pretty much the same...

        "Blah blah blah I'm a small minded Apple hater blah blah blah blah I make up stuff about Apple to make myself feel better blah blah blah blah."

        That's what your posts pretty much boils down to. Any of us can find somebody that loves or hates any given phone but most of us don't have to make it up. There has yet to be an iPhone killer no matter how much you want it to be your beloved EVO. Does the EVO have a better spec sheet and/or features that some would like to have that the iPhone doesn't, sure it does. That doesn't make it an iPhone killer though until it outsells the iPhone. I know people that have an iPhone and would rather have an EVO but know just as my that do have EVOs who would rather have iPhones, to each their own.
        non-biased
  • iPAD is ACSI customer satisfaction Highest Scoring Product of All Time

    CNBC<br>"Big news for Apple and Apple investors: The iPad is the highest-scoring product that a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked." <br><br>American Consumer Satisfaction Index surveys thousands of customers on broad range of products.<br><br>Tablet wannabes have a tough hill to climb.
    Davewrite
    • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

      "Big news for Apple and Apple investors: The iPad is the highest-scoring product that a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked."

      Do we need an answer to the iPad? What is the question?
      Steve Webb
  • It's about price

    Apple fans will talk about how a touch optimized interface is the big differentiating factor between the iPad (successful) and other tablets (less than successful). And, of course, they would be wrong.

    Though the iPad is nice, I would hardly call it tablet panacea (or innovative, revolutionary, or great to create content with). It does some things well, like reading content and mindlessly surfing the web, but in other ways is simply too limited to be useful. (Anyone who actually thinks finger painting on the iPad is better than using a stylus is too stupid for words. It can be done, but there is a reason why artists use real brushes and pencils.)

    The greatest innovation that the iPad brought to the table is price. If Microsoft had released tablet computers at netbook prices, they would have been more successful. If the HP slate can appear at a similar price to the iPad, it will do well. If it can undercut the iPad and still remain profitable, it will do very well.
    Rob Oakes
    • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

      @Rob Oakes
      Rob, agree with you for the most part. However, that video doesn't show a stylus. Big no-no in my mind. If you're going to build a Windows 7 tablet, use your advantage in inking, for crying out loud. Hope they just didn't show the stylus. Touch is nice for some things, but ink is vastly superior for others. BTW, the cheapest, coolest slate is from Motion Computing. They sell them for about $300 used on eBay these days (LE 1600), and they still eat the iPad for lunch.
      dunraven
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @dunraven
        Let's assume for one second that they do eat the iPad for lunch, as you said.
        I visited their site and then pressed on the "Buy Now" button. It took me to another screen that briefly described their 3 product lines. I again chose the J3500 and took me back to the page with the "Buy Now" button.
        Can you say "endless loop"? How do you expect them to sell anything with that kind of web design?
        Secondly, this product is intended for either hospitals, warehouses or construction sites (hence their 3 product lines). Not exactly the general purpose device that the iPad is.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @MG537 I said the device is better, not that their web site design is superior. BTW, they sell primarily through retailers. They are focussing on specific markets because their machines cost seriously out the gate (think $3000-4000). You and I are unlikely to fork over the big dollars. However, the LE1600 and LE1700 in particular were extremely sleek devices, and because they are real computers, you can put anything on them, making them very much general purpose. Think OneNote, for instance. That combination is a god-sent for finally going truly digital in note taking, including much more sophisticated information gathering (plug in any sound or video capture device, send it wirlessly via Bluetooth, etc.). For instance, I've hooked it up to a sound system and used Adobe SoundBooth for audio recording.
        It's not going to go mass market. It doesn't have Apple's sales clout, and consequently Motion can't afford to bet the company on capturing the consumer market at this time, and putting Windows 7 on the LE1600 requires some tech experience. They're unlikely to become a major player outside their core markets. However, if you know how to set one up (note I said eBay, which will mean a wiped hard drive in most cases), they certainly will eat the iPad for lunch.
        dunraven
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @dunraven
        I understand your point but we're looking at two entirely different devices here. Just like someone would never compare a Sun Sparc server with a Sony Vaio laptop.
        MG537-23482538203179240121698430309828
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @dunraven Yeah, probably comes as an optional item. I expect the touch to be pretty good though.

        I personally think the best and most cost-effective slate at the moment is the Hanvon B10. Sure, it's chinese, and sure, most of the features don't work yet because the drivers are being released after the actual device (weird)... but at present it's a ULV Celeron-based system with a multi-touch 10" capacitive screen, Windows 7 Home premium, 250GB HDD, USB/SD expandability... and it works... brilliantly. And thats new for about A$800.00 (which would be, more than likely, $650.00 or so to you Americans). It's like a fast netbook, but in slate format and with a real OS that you can use the way YOU want (and not as Sir Steve dictates).
        NKX
    • Speaking of wrong.

      @Rob Oakes Microsoft doesn't "release" computers, they make software (and the xbox). So, you're pretty much blown your credibility there.
      matthew_maurice
      • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

        @matthew_maurice <br><br>Microsoft has been involved with quite a few hardware products. Some of which made it to the market, some -- remember the Courier -- did not. Other than their mice, keyboards and the X-box, hardware doesn't seem to have been their strong point.
        DNSB
      • And I STILL . . .

        @DNSB

        Wish they hadn't killed the Courier. That one was different enough to have some definite promise . . .
        JLHenry
    • RE: HP Slate: Is this finally the answer to the iPad?

      @Rob Oakes

      What's the general purpose use case for tablets today? Taking notes on a full blown Windows with stylus or consuming content with an iPad (or Android future device)? Which will sell more for a manufacturer?

      I remember this was Bill Gates selling points on the Windows Tablet from when he first showed it on stage in 2000. Taking notes in meetings. Even Ballmer recently when talking the iPad were trying to bring home that same point, about someone struggling to take notes with an iPad in a meeting. Do consumers really care?
      dave95.