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Out with Windows 7, in with webOS?

It was just a few weeks ago that a report suggested that HP was ditching its Slate tablet due to power issues with Intel's Atom processor and a Windows 7 operating system which isn't exactly a master at touch operations. Now, a new report suggests that a webOS-based tablet from HP could arrive by year's end.

Engadget reports that the HP tablet is being developed under the codename "Hurricane" and will arrive in the third quarter. Engadget also notes that it has heard "strong whispers" that this account is accurate and that a Q3 launch would position HP strongly for the Christmas shopping season.

If correct, it appears that all of the stars may be aligning for what could be a worthy competitor to the iPhone OS-based Apple iPad. Most critics have raved about Palm's webOS, and it would be interesting to see how the operating system GUI scales to a larger device.

An early hands-on review of the original Windows 7-based Slate called it "slow and annoying" and even more telling, the reviewers came to this conclusion: "Oh .. and the official verdict? 'meh'."

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RE: Is anyone surprised?
By Camikazi on 5/10/2010 8:38:28 AM , Rating: 2
If they can keep this at a good price with good features then it might be the tablet I get, I love the Palm WebOS.

RE: Is anyone surprised?
By xSauronx on 5/10/2010 9:08:56 AM , Rating: 2
im not remotely interested in a tablet...but ive been wanting a Pre since it came out. I likely wont get a nice smartphone anytime soon but Id love to see something that could give webOS a kick start that may lead to it running a strong smartphone contender in the future

RE: Is anyone surprised?
By retrospooty on 5/10/2010 10:07:55 AM , Rating: 3
ME too. The more I use ti, and the more friends iphones and Droids I see, the more I come to the conclusion that the web OS is easily the best in the business. I cant believe Palm did it... Its really good.

RE: Is anyone surprised?
By mcnabney on 5/19/2010 9:28:04 AM , Rating: 2
If it is so good, why can't they sell them. Verizon is practically GIVING them away (they were down to $30 for awhile) and customers were still paying $150-200 for an Android device.

Maybe it is the form factor
Maybe it is the creepy ads
Maybe it is the microscopic app store
Maybe it is the VERY high defect rate

Or maybe it is just too hard to use...

RE: Is anyone surprised?
By Chadder007 on 5/10/2010 3:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
I love the WEBOS too, just haven't been too liking of the Hardware.

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