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Nurse, I need an HP Slate, STAT!  (Source: HP)

HP Slate 500  (Source: HP)
HP is hoping to capture corporate customers with long awaited device, eschews the mass market

The HP Slate first popped up at Microsoft's CES 2010 keynote when CEO Steve Ballmer showed off the device.  Months went by and the status of the tablet became increasingly unclear.  Hewlett-Packard Co. acquired Palm, Inc. in April leading some to believe that HP would scrap the Windows 7 Slate in favor of a tablet packing Palm's webOS.

But at long last HP has clarified the situation, officially announcing that the Slate project never died and has just launched as the HP Slate 500.

The device retails for $799 (see above link).  The device offers perhaps the closest competitor to the iPad yet, given its largish 8.9-inch screen (the iPad's screen is 9.7-inch in diagonal).

It gets handily beat by the iPad in battery life, only getting approximately 5 hours to the 10 hour lifespan of the device.  And it doesn't come with a built in 3G modem, despite the higher price.  A single USB port is included, which can be used for traditional USB modems, though.

However, in other departments it stacks up favorably against Apple's slab.  It packs a faster processor -- a 1.86 GHz single core Intel Atom Z540 processor (Apple's iPad packs a 1 GHz proprietary design, with a Samsung core).  And it has much more memory -- 2 GB -- versus 256 MB of RAM in the iPad.  It also includes front and rear cameras.  An SD card reader is also included, as is Bluetooth 3.0 (the iPad has no expandable memory and only has Bluetooth 2.1)

In addition to touch input, there's also pen-driven input thanks to "active digitizer" from Wacom.  Another perk is that the device comes with a full copy of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional edition.  The rest of the installed software is thankfully slim -- HP Slate Camera, EVERNOTE, HP Support Assistant, Adobe Reader, Adobe PDF.  Microsoft Office is 
not included.  Of course, with Windows 7, the Slate 500 can handle Flash -- something not possible on the iPad.  

New software can be installed by attaching an external CD/DVD drive to the USB port.  An important reminder, though, is that only 32 bit apps work on the Atom processor.

HD video is provided via a Broadcom Crystal HD chip.  

The iPad and the Slate 500 share virtually the same graphics processor.  The Slate 500 uses the Intel GMA 500 which contains a licensed PowerVR SGX 535 core from Imagination (not Intel) clocked at 200 MHz.  This four pipeline core is also used in Apple's A4 system-on-a-chip (SoC).  The screen resolution on the Slate 500 -- 1024x600 pixels -- is a slightly different aspect ration than the iPad's 1024x768.

The tablet features metal edges and a rubberized back.  

It measures 23.4 cm x 14.5 cm x 1.4 cm, compared to 24.3 cm x 19.0 cm x 1.34 cm.  In other words, they're both about the same thickness, but the iPad has a bigger footprint.

Interestingly HP is marketing the device exclusively to business customers, initially.  This is an interest tactic and perhaps a wise one given that Apple's iPad hasn't really made serious inroads in the business sector.  However, it may be selling the device's commercial appeal short, given that many non-business users might want a Windows 7 tablet as well.

Non-business customers can still head over to HP's business site and order one when the device launches.  The key difference is that the device will not be advertised or widely publicized to the mass market.  

Of course non-business customers might prefer the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has some superior features to the Slate 500 or the iPad.  In other words, customers will soon have three options with the launch of the Slate 500 and a welcome break from Apple's short-lived run of monopolizing the tablet sector.

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iPad killer... NOT
By headbox on 10/22/2010 1:51:08 PM , Rating: -1
The specs don't matter when it's not running an OS designed for a tablet. "Superior" specs are needed because Windows 7 demands them.

5 hours battery life? I get at least 10 on my iPad watching movies and playing 3D games, and 12+ if web surfing and using less intensive apps.

And for those who still think the iPad is a toy: the Korg Electribe app for $10 turns it into a full-featured sequencer that normally sells for hundreds, it functions as a wireless MIDI instrument, it works as a wireless 2nd monitor for my Windows 7 desktop with touch input, I can do image-based 3D modeling and export an OBJ file, or do professional-level art with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro- also only $10 vs. the nearly identical $100 PC version. So if you still think it's just a web surfing toy, you're painfully ignorant.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By charrytg on 10/22/2010 2:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
Still, enjoy your multipurpose toy, and let others enjoy the slate if they wish to buy it. It's not for everyone, just as is the norm with all tablets.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By headbox on 10/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: iPad killer... NOT
By borismkv on 10/22/2010 7:50:30 PM , Rating: 3
Well, when the iPad is able to integrate seamlessly with Active Directory it will probably work much better as a "Professional" device. After all, AD is the most common user and computer management system on the market. And Apple's response to it is an Open Source pile of crap.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By Alkapwn on 10/22/2010 8:13:01 PM , Rating: 2
@borismkv - I agree totally. Furthermore, there are small programs used in certain professional fields custom designed for specific purposes which never have/will be compiled for Macs.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By acer905 on 10/24/2010 9:56:01 AM , Rating: 2
It's called a Tablet PC. Has been for a decade now, nothing new here.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By weskurtz0081 on 10/22/2010 2:01:37 PM , Rating: 3
If you think an iPad will run anywhere close to the same number of business related apps as a Windows 7 based tablet.... YOU are painfully ignorant.

See... I can do that too!

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By invidious on 10/22/2010 2:03:59 PM , Rating: 5
Businesspeople don't want a tablet OS. They want to be able to use the software their business already uses on a device better suited to mobile needs.

Also sure you can do those things on your iPad but you could do them better on your macbook. And you could do them even better on a PC for half the price. But since your a hippie and not a business person you probably don't care about performance vs price. Which is why you bought a toy to do your "work".

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By omnicronx on 10/22/2010 2:05:06 PM , Rating: 3
The iPad is nothing but a toy to most people (including myself), sorry to burst your bubble.

Seriously, I can see the benefit of being able to dabble with things such as 3d modelling and 'professional level art', but lets be serious here, you are NOT more productive on an iPad than you would be on any PC.

Heck the two things you just named would be much better on a tablet like this considering the work wacom put into it.

Wacom touch input = better than anything Apple has ever conjured up, even if they are the masters of multitouch.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By headbox on 10/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: iPad killer... NOT
By Spivonious on 10/22/2010 2:12:20 PM , Rating: 5
lol, since when did watching 5-6 movies become "being productive"?

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By omnicronx on 10/22/2010 2:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
I know, and he calls that productive??

I can go to the moon, slingshot myself around the sun, sending myself back in time, all the while watching a movie, playing angry birds, and proving String Theory. All of which was performed on my Cell phone with only my right hand.. Its more production than ALL!

FYI: I did all of this before breakfast.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By bodar on 10/22/2010 4:48:13 PM , Rating: 2
Well of course you did it before breakfast. You went back in time, cheater. You finished before you even started. Jeez...

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By PAPutzback on 10/22/2010 2:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
At what mountain range would one be, where the 3G was worth a damn.

I'd say an iPad is a toy for the geek, Android devices are a multipurpose tool and W7 is the standard for business.

Do they make a car dock for the iPad? What a pain it must be to use that for Navigation. Hunting Elk, what an R-tard.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By StevoLincolnite on 10/22/2010 4:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
At what mountain range would one be, where the 3G was worth a damn.

Funny thing is... At a high altitude it probably would break or simply not work anyway.

PC's have long had Spread Spectrum for this sort of problem, Apple instead just limits the maximum altitude to 10,000 feet. (That would be in a non-pressurized environment.)

Mechanical hard drives would probably fail as well due to needing a cushion of air between the heads and the platter, thus at such an altitude the air gets to thin and the heads will probably hit the platters.

So the end result is, the iPad is limited in where you can take it, you can't sit on top of a mountain and expect it to work, just how you cant sit under the sea and play scrabble on it.
... Generally if a device overheats in the sun, then your not going to want to take it anywhere "Extreme" in my opinion.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By omnicronx on 10/22/2010 2:19:03 PM , Rating: 2
Please try and validate your ego elsewhere, as nobody cares.

The iPad is a device for consumption for the vast majority of people who have one. You are kidding yourself if you think otherwise.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By superPC on 10/22/2010 2:27:50 PM , Rating: 3
guys will you stop feeding the trolls?

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By superPC on 10/22/2010 2:46:05 PM , Rating: 1
let's focus on what each device don't have:

ipad: no bluetooth peripherals, no USB peripherals, no camera, no LAN access (without apps), no video output (out of the box), no additional storage.

HP slate: not more than 5 hour battery life, a bit slow for some demanding software.

if you can live with all the stuff the ipad can't do then more power to you.

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By omnicronx on 10/22/2010 3:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair you can do a lot of those things with the iPad, just not OOB..

Jailbreaking is your friend :)

RE: iPad killer... NOT
By weskurtz0081 on 10/22/2010 3:31:10 PM , Rating: 3
Oh, I didn't realize you couldn't do all that on a 13.3' notebook with 10 hours battery life (oh, AND running Windows 7). Who's the sheeple?

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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