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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 gralex on 4/6/2010 1:39:42 PM , Rating: 5
Old fart that I am, my better judgment is telling me not to get in a war of words with the legend that is reader1.

However said old fart remembers a time before laptops, when pretty much all PCs were custom built. If I had to define the moment PCs went from "geeks" to homes, it would have to be windows98&98SE copied on CD-R. In hindsight MS wasn't even trying to stop piracy. And boy did THAT relaxed attitude pay off! Sure it was probably premeditated but as a matter of pushing things forward... I think MS should get more credit for the years between 1995-2002.

Had Sociopath Steve been the one calling the shots, I think it would be safe to say that computers would have had a much slower evolution.


RE: The ipad...
By cochy on 4/6/2010 10:31:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think MS should get more credit for the years between 1995-2002.


Steve Jobs said in an interview while he was working at Pixar that Apple had a 10 year technology lead on MS in the late 80s early 90s but by the time Windows 95 came out they had blown by Apple.


“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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