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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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non-productivity devices
By DrApop on 5/10/2010 1:49:01 PM , Rating: 2
I see tablets as non-productivity devices. They are "on the go" type devices.

Check your email (but not really respond unless it is short like a text msg). Surf the internet. Get directions (maps). check the weather. Maybe transfer pictures and other things to the cloud for later us. Watch TV or a movie. Listen to online radio. Read a book (although backlighting can cause eye strain). or even perhaps do an online video conference. and shop. Play simple games

But you likely will NOT write your report of work or school on the device. Manage that big database or speadsheet. Edit that movie or images. Prepare that powerpoint/slide presentation.

I see it ultimately as a netbook replacement....I really don't do a lot of "productivity" on my netbook.

RE: non-productivity devices
By bigdawg1988 on 5/10/2010 11:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
If it's light enough and works well I could see this being a good thing, but getting HP to develop this thing in a few months? Yikes!
I'm typing on my 3yr old burning hot (the "wrist pad") dv9000 right now. I like it, but there are some things about it they could have done a lot better. Considering how long they've been making laptops this thing shouldn't have had as many problems as it has. I wonder how the hardware drivers will be? Does the webOS require drivers for the hardware (I'm sure it does)? If so, I wouldn't touch the things for at least a year. Took forever to get Nvidia to get the video drivers together. I just don't see HP getting all the hardware and drivers working together. Heck, they just cancelled the Win7 version. Do they have enough time to develop this (properly!)?

By snakeInTheGrass on 5/12/2010 10:12:00 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure I'd want to write a report on one, but I have to say I've found the iPad to be productive depending on the software. I've put together some diagrams (OmniGraffle - expensive in the App Store where most other stuff is throw-away priced) while sitting at the kids baseball practice and lying on the sofa. It's not 100% of sitting at a desktop, but compared to trying to sit somewhere without a desk using a laptop, it's really pretty nice. And I know next time I'm on a flight I can actually use it without having a keyboard too close to me for my hands to reach or worrying about the screen getting crushed. OK, clearly I should fly 1st class instead... ;) I still need to bring the laptop - at least on a trip (doing 3D models, photoshop, compiling stuff, etc.) - but for most uses I'm pleasantly surprised with how nice it is to use so far. Much more functional than the smaller smartphones and old Windows slates for me so far.

I'm definitely curious to see whether HP can pull off a nice tablet as well - I think buying Palm and ditching the Windows slate was bold but the only realistic option to get something competitive out there, and given that they have the money to back it up, it has the potential to be a real contender.

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