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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: The ipad...
By 67STANG on 4/6/2010 1:17:55 PM , Rating: 4
reader1: Put the Kool-Aid down.

The HP slate has this thing beat on everything except battery life. Of course, that's probably because it has a 600MHz advantage on the CPU end (and likely, a more robust graphics CPU). I'm thinking that one could underclock this thing all they down to the iPad's relatively slow 1GHz and gain a few hours of battery life.

You must first ask yourself, "Why does the Slate need a 1.6GHz processor, when the iPad makes due with a 1GHZ processor?" The answer is simple: the Slate can do more-- and do it faster.

For $50 more you get a real OS, USB port, camera, and a card slot-- you know, the things that the iPad should have come with... The Slate looks better too, IMHO.

If I were in the market for a tablet, which I'm not (I already have 2 workstations, 1 notebook, 1 netbook and an iPhone), then I would definitely buy a Slate. But then again, I'm an educated consumer that isn't swayed with BS buzzwords like "magical" or "revolutionary".

RE: The ipad...
By reader1 on 4/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: The ipad...
By kake on 4/6/10, Rating: 0
RE: The ipad...
By teldar on 4/6/2010 5:18:34 PM , Rating: 2
Don't you know that Apple is the only company that has the ability to create and expand?
MS is apparently bound to do only what they have done in the past.

There is no improvement without Apple.
Apple gives all.
Apple is all.

At least if you're reader1

RE: The ipad...
By borismkv on 4/6/2010 7:24:51 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, Windows 7 has mad some significant improvements on Tablet style interfaces. It provides multi-touch capability and has a much improved on-screen keyboard. I doubt it's going to have the issues related to XP and Vista in the tablet arena.

RE: The ipad...
By rocky12345 on 4/6/10, Rating: 0
RE: The ipad...
By damianrobertjones on 4/14/2010 9:26:56 AM , Rating: 1
Have you used the Windows 7 Touch features? Did you change the dpi to 125%? I have and... it works VERY well.

RE: The ipad...
By atlmann10 on 4/9/2010 1:23:50 AM , Rating: 2
As far as that comparison goes it would cost $100 if you had to buy 7, which I would do with an iPad anyway, well if I actually had $500 to waste on a paperweight anyway!

Here is another good quote on the iGotPlaid

"Nevertheless, we agree with iFixit that, on a hardware level, "there's not much revolutionary here." Apple has essentially built a triple-layer, package-on-package custom chip using off-the-shelf components. Like the company does for the rest of its computing product, it takes something that's readily available in the technology marketplace and layers it with custom software to provide a markedly different experience."

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