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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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By Alexstarfire on 4/6/2010 1:33:24 PM , Rating: 1
I would agree that the Slate probably isn't going to beat the iPad, but that doesn't make the iPad good. The reduced battery life just to put in a slightly faster processor and GPU seems like a poor trade off. I wouldn't use a tablet to play 1080p videos anyway. A tablet won't really have the storage capacity for much video at 1080p resolution. It'd be much better to use a laptop to playback 1080p videos. Which I'm assuming you'd output to an external display.

Slow booting? Probably not. Perhaps the very first boot, but nothing after that.

No app store? That's rather a moot point since it'll be able to run every Windows 7 app on the face of the planet. That's multiple times more than the app store could dream of. Now, would you want to run all of them on a tablet? Probably not, but that's not stopping anyone from doing it.

Viruses/malware.... not really, but I suppose it's rather counter-productive to run anti-virus/anti-malware programs on a tablet.

OS not designed for tablet processor? IDK really know what to say to that as that's about the stupidest thing you've ever said. The OS isn't really designed around tablet INPUT, but it seems obvious that the OS is designed for the processor..... else it wouldn't even run. Perhaps you just have some bad wording, idk.

Anyway, in short I agree with him that the Slate is pretty shitty. There are other tablets out already that would seem better than that. Can't say for sure since I haven't even used a tablet, but they have better specs.

The Android tablets are what I'm looking forward to. The Gemini seems like a very nice tablet that should essentially nullify his list of "cons" though from what I've read I couldn't say anything about the actual display or the battery life. Battery life should be pretty decent as it's got a slightly bigger battery, but I'd rather not make speculations since it's obviously got more powerful hardware to run.


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