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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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RE: iPad killer... NOT
By headbox on 10/22/2010 2:11:00 PM , Rating: -1
I am more productive, because I can use it sitting on a mountaintop 25 miles from the nearest road while taking a break from hunting elk on a 3G network, which I can't do on my desktop PC. I can also watch 5 or 6 full-length movies on it before the battery dies too.

If all the name "pro" requires is the ability to run Windows 7, it's you guys are the easily duped sheeple.


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
quote:
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?


"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer














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