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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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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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