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It will take more than superiority on paper to beat the iPad

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that with the iPad selling so well over its opening weekend that we will have loads of competing tablet computers coming to market very soon. One of the tablet machines that we heard about back at CES in January was the HP Slate.

The first glimpse we caught of the Slate is when Microsoft's Steve Ballmer showed the device off during his CES keynote speech. Some are already calling the Slate an iPad killer and whether or not that turns out to be true remains to be seen. 
InformationWeek reports that some of the key features that users are bemoaning the lack of on the iPad are front and center on the Slate. Things like support for Flash, a camera, SD card slot, and USB connectivity are all featured on the Slate.

InformationWeek also reports that HP released a video of the Slate in action this week that was a scant 30 seconds, but offered enough details to stoke some geek lust in many. The video of the device emphasizes the Windows 7 operating system, which makes the HP Slate much more extendable and open than the iPad. HP is still mum on when we might expect the Slate to hit the market, though it is widely expected to land this fall.

Engadget has a slick chart that shows the difference between the key features of the HP tablet and the iPad. On paper at least it appears that the Slate has the muscle to defeat the iPad. The HP Slate will reportedly cost $549, run a 1.63 GHz Atom Z530 processor, and have five hours of battery life. That is about half the run time that the iPad promises. The Slate also has a smaller 8.9-inch screen compared to the iPad's 9.7-inch screen and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. 

The base iPad 16GB model is also about $50 cheaper than the entry-level HP Slate. The main ingredient that the HP Slate lacks is the might of the Apple marketing machine and the hoards of fanatically loyal users that Apple boasts.

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This is the problem...
By RabidDog on 4/6/2010 10:47:36 AM , Rating: 1
I'm not an Apple fan by any means (don't own any, don't plan to). The HP Slate seems DOA. Nothing revolutionary, looks clunkier, no support network, just another PC from what I can tell.
I can see another PC v. Mac ad with this thing, " almost does as much as the only need to pay a little more for it..." MS should subsidize this thing and sell it for $400 and hookup with Verizon to get something like the Kindle whisper-net.
In short, what's the point. And the big question is still, do people want finger prints all over the screen?

RE: This is the problem...
By bupkus on 4/6/2010 11:19:59 AM , Rating: 1
I can see another PC v. Mac ad with this thing

The way Apple was able to shut Microsoft up was that PC is synonymous with Windows without actually saying Microsoft Windows in their ads.
How can Apple apply that same approach with the Slate or any other name used by Microsoft's hardware manufacturers?

Hi, I'm an iPad.
Hi, I'm a uhhh PC.

RE: This is the problem...
By teng029 on 4/6/2010 12:21:06 PM , Rating: 2
that's not true. in more than one ad, apple mentions windows vista shortcomings, as well as other versions of windows.

RE: This is the problem...
By rocky12345 on 4/6/2010 6:06:27 PM , Rating: 1
yea & the ipad is just a large ipod touch with slightly faster hardware. There is nothing in it remotely interesting at least the slat & others to follow all can actually run full fledged software without having to go through the app store to get it. Anything to get away from having to use anything steve jobs thinks is a good thing is a winner. I'll stop at that I really don't want to upset reader1 to much who knows how much icrapple juice he had today he might go icrapple on everyone.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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