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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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If it ran android...
By Darkskypoet on 4/10/2010 4:01:53 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the thing... and it makes a lot of us anti-fanboy...

If it were:

Made by / sold by google or ASUS or (heck even microsoft)
Ran Android
had a usb port instead of the mac port

We'd love it.

The device and form factor while essentially just a bigger iphone is fine. But that's just it, if it were just a bigger (insert favorite android device here) we'd be commenting on the hardware and throwing up our own suggestions about what it should have, etc as we always do.

But it doesn't.

If it ran OS X even, and you could install windows 7 or an xp variant you like onto it.. It wouldn't just be a mac console.

I like the form factor, the idea, and it's something that I've wanted to come out for YEARS. Before there was a kindle, I wanted a something "PADD like" that was as open as the PC world I live in every day. Not constrained like the iphone world.

the iPad though will be as constrained... and I want a device where I won't HAVE to run homebrew instead of just having a good, more open OS that isn't fighting you all the time to control and reduce access through design or omission.

Honestly, my PC will "Hold all my media", and this is an accessory to it.. But for most of us, the HP would be too. A very capable accessory, but one that would coexist with our PC. It's going to be a couple generations before you're going to want anything in this form factor completely replacing your other system, if at all.

So there it is, if it runs something else and isn't that iParadigm, then I'd probably love it for what it is, and just how long I've wanted that...

But although I salute apple for knocking it out first, I don't like that sort of operating paradigm in any of my computing devices.

"Like seriously, I could play divx on my palm treo 650 like 4 years ago... Apple, why can't my iphone do it natively?"

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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