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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 Bateluer on 5/10/2010 8:45:18 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is probably what 99% of people were expecting HP to announce after they bought Palm, some sort of WebOS based tablet.

With the Atom/Win7 tablet, I didn't even remotely care, but an ARM based WebOS device? Definitely curious to see more.


RE: Is anyone surprised?
By retrospooty on 5/10/2010 10:09:13 AM , Rating: 3
I just hope they release some really good phones.

Web OS + better class of hardware than Palm's Pre and Pixi = mobile happiness.


RE: Is anyone surprised?
By T2k on 5/10/2010 12:02:36 PM , Rating: 2
I fully agree.
I really like my Android phone but it was mostly the result of lackluster hardware on WebOS - if there were better WebOS phones I'd have gone WebOS in a blink of an eye.


RE: Is anyone surprised?
By retrospooty on 5/10/2010 1:06:37 PM , Rating: 2
I thought that too. I would really love to see the Verizon Droid (not incredible, not Eris, I think its just"droid") with Web OS.


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