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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 JimTheOwl on 5/10/2010 12:48:12 PM , Rating: 1
I'm not, but I am boycotting any HP device from now on due to the horrible way they treat thier employees. I have several friends who recently went to work for them at a new plant in the South and they were all let go within weeks of leaving a steady job to go to work for HP, only to be told they were not "upholding the standards set by HP".

What? If HP did not like these people, why did they hire them? And, what are these people going to do now in a market in the South that is already in major trouble?

Also, I could really care less about what HP markets anymore. After owning 3 HP machines that all were serious crap and having to have them repaired over 10 times and then finally replaced, and then the replacements failing, I decided I would never purchase another HP device as long as I live.

See Ya, HP!

RE: Is anyone surprised?
By troysavary on 5/10/2010 2:21:34 PM , Rating: 3
If they were not meeting their goals, then HP had every right to dismiss them. A job is not an entitlement. It is not always obvious during the interview how an employee will perform. People can lie on interviews. They only weed out the obvious mismatches. That is why almost all companies have a probationary period.

I have 2 HP computers that have given me, so far, years of flawless use. I had always been a build it myself guy and always swore I'd never get a big box PC, but I saw some prices I couldn't pass up when Staples was offering large rebates. All I needed to do was get rid of some of the bloatware trials, and add a video card to replace the crappy on board graphics, and I was good to go.

RE: Is anyone surprised?
By Mojo the Monkey on 5/10/2010 4:43:09 PM , Rating: 2
What, would you have a viable company "go Greece" and keep everyone employed? All while tossing in some extra paychecks for the 14 month year?


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