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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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RE: Advertising
By MrBlastman on 4/6/2010 11:40:38 AM , Rating: 5
Apple's slogan "It just works" is based on an implicit lie.

... and that is the truth.

My wife's macbook is a PITA to use compared with my PC. It also crashes as much, if not more.

RE: Advertising
By ClownPuncher on 4/6/2010 4:29:54 PM , Rating: 3
I was backpacking one spring up off of hwy. 20 in Washington State in the North Cascades, about 15 miles away from any roads I stumbled upon what appeared to be a hippy commune.

At first, I was hesitant to bother these people, living in lean-to's and makeshift log cabins. I decided to make peace and see if they would let me refill my water with their rainbarrels. Overall, the people were nice, but definitely wary of a stranger coming out of the woods.

A couple minutes of chit-chat led to me being invited to dinner, they had caught some fresh rainbow trout and Dolly Vardens which looked very healthy. I stayed for about an hour, made conversation and had some great fire-grilled trout.

During that time, conversation had gone from talking about great camping sites and places to fish, to politics and religion. I then realized these were not the hippies I had thought they were, but a group of some cult. During our conersation, I got this eerie feeling that we were just not communicating on the same level. There were many misunderstandings and much confusion on both ends.

After a time, I decided to leave and set up camp a few miles over a nearby ridge. We bid our farewells, forced our smiles and parted ways.

I get that very same eerie feeling whenever I read any of reader1 or Pirk's posts. Even when presented cold hard facts, some people will always believe what they feel they need to.

"Death Is Very Likely The Single Best Invention Of Life" -- Steve Jobs
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