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HP's Slate 7 fails to impress

It looks as though the earlier reports were true: HP is getting back into the tablet game, and this time it's operating system of choice is Android. HP inherited the webOS operating system with its acquisition of Palm back in 2010, but did little to advance the platform in the face of stiff competition from Android and iOS.
Unfortunately, for those looking to once again give HP a chance in the tablet game, the specs for the new Slate 7 are very underwhelming -- even for its relatively low starting price of $169.
The Slate 7 comes with a dual-core, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (expandable via microSD), and a 1024x600 display. Other lackluster specs include Bluetooth 2.1, a front-facing VGA camera, and a 3MP shooter on the back. The device runs a stock version of Android 4.1.
The Slate 7 does include Beats Audio onboard and HP's ePrint functionality, but that's likely not enough to sway consumers from competitive offerings like the Google Nexus 7.


"To address the growing interest in tablets among consumers and businesses alike, HP will offer a range of form factors and leverage an array of operating systems," said Alberto Torres, senior vice president, Mobility Global Business Unit, HP. "Our new HP Slate on Android represents a compelling entry point for consumer tablets."

The Slate 7 will launch in the United States this April.

Source: HP

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Don't get it
By daveinternets on 2/24/2013 2:27:25 PM , Rating: 3
Why waste their time on Android? The market is flooded with (useless) options. It's not a business device, can't get work done on it. Windows 8, while it has downsides, would have at least made more sense from a company like HP. Leave the cheap Android tablet market to the other companies trying to find a niche.

RE: Don't get it
By nikon133 on 2/24/2013 3:21:30 PM , Rating: 4
There is something seriously wrong with HP these days.

A year or so back, you could not get Envy with decent IPS screen in New Zealand; Their beautiful slim MBP-like units were coming with mediocre 1366*768 TN panels, horrible viewing angles, limited gamma. There were no options to custom configure them either.

Even their Envy Spectre XT comes only with crappy panels, here in NZ. And that for NZ$2,000.00 on Same as HP ENVY 6 - 15.6" "premium" laptop with 1366*768 TN panel. As a comparison, 13" MBA starts from NZ$1,800.00 while Retina 13" MBP is NZ$2,200.00

Where is logic in that? Device that looks good only while turned off, but performs poorly (for intended purpose), with price on high end of Windows laptop market, that should compete with, say, Asus Zenbook which for comparable price comes with 1080 IPS panel, better battery life, equal build quality.

RE: Don't get it
By spread on 2/24/2013 10:44:06 PM , Rating: 2
HP sells shiny poop.

Even their website is a complete mess. They make things difficult because they don't want you to buy their products.

RE: Don't get it
By Wolfpup on 2/25/2013 12:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
Their site works fine for me. Not sure how anything they make is "shiny poop". Their prices are competitive and their configuration options are almost second to none now among big players. They're like Dell USED to have and now only has (at best) with their Alienware systems.

RE: Don't get it
By NellyFromMA on 2/25/2013 4:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
TRy getting support for their devices. Shiny Poop would be an upgrade.

RE: Don't get it
By xti on 2/24/2013 5:36:41 PM , Rating: 3
they have to have something...

everything is moving to ultra portable - they cant sit there and not have a single slice of the pie from non-x86 platforms.

RE: Don't get it
By Omega215D on 2/25/2013 2:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
They did... it was Palm's WebOS and their Pre. HP could've expanded that and be quite competitive. Instead they just dumped whatever they felt like dumping.

RE: Don't get it
By retrospooty on 2/25/2013 4:29:03 PM , Rating: 3
Yup... Another famous HP blunder. Pay over 1 billion dollars for Palm and its WEbOS, then put in zero resources and not enough time to do anything then call it quits on what could easily have been the best mobile OS ever. Its like Drafting RG3 and then sitting him on the bench for a year, then trading him away. WTF wass the point again?

If only WebOS had another 2 years to "polish" it up like IOS and Android, it would be the best OS on the market for the UI and task switching alone.

RE: Don't get it
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2013 7:25:10 PM , Rating: 1
Why waste their time on Android?

And instead waste their time on Windows 8? A product with no market share, anemic interest to the public at large, and a worst app market.

Plus Microsoft no doubt wants a ton in licensing fees, whereas Android is free. Making it easier to get products like this off the ground.

It's not a business device, can't get work done on it.

And this shows your true ignorance. False blanket statement is false. More people are doing work with Android devices than Windows 8 can even dream about at this point.

RE: Don't get it
By vignyan on 2/24/2013 8:04:07 PM , Rating: 3
Can you enlighten us about this "work"?

I personally use the surface and do not like the slowness (may be because of Tegra 3 or under optimized libraries for ARM). I believe the Intel clovertown based ones are snappier and have the best app market, contrary to what you think. All existing windows applications run on it. So, I can do my Office related work (yes a lot of people use office for their work) and connect to remote desktops and terminals(like other tablets). If need be, I can launch any custom windows applications like outlook, code writers, etc.
A USB port with support for all existing windows compatible devices is again a significant benefit.

Ofcourse, I know I am wasting my time (taking a break from my work) since haters gonna hate.

RE: Don't get it
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/13, Rating: 0
RE: Don't get it
By Reclaimer77 on 2/24/2013 8:34:54 PM , Rating: 2
Another reason the OP's argument is dumb, is honestly, who does real "work" on a 7" tablet anyway? Please.

If you want to hammer this thing on anything, it should be it's horrible specs. Not what OS it's running.

RE: Don't get it
By NellyFromMA on 2/24/2013 9:57:54 PM , Rating: 2
Correction, we are in a post pc era so people no longer NEED Windows to communicate and browse the internet. Work, not so much.

RE: Don't get it
By nikon133 on 2/24/2013 10:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Just because late Steve Jobs said that this is post-PC era more than a few times, doesn't make it true.

Off all our customers, every single one uses MS Office. There is just no way around it.

Yes, some of them use iPads and Androids. In most (if not all cases) that boils down to checking email and calendar while away from desktop/laptop.

And yes, some of them optimistically tried Docs To Go and other alternatives, and returned to using their Arm tablets for checking emails when away from desktop/laptop. Rest of work simply waits for them to go back to real computer.

We have recently presented Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 to one of our bigger customers. The whole works - tablet, dock, BT keyboard. If their response is any indicator, light Win 8 Pro tablets have potential to be huge with enterprise. While our customers in general were tolerating BYO for tablets, this is the first time company actually ordered handful of these Clover Trail tablets for trial. And since we know their needs, we are confident this will become part of their standard equipment, with HP EliteBooks and HP 6X00/8X00 Pros.

RE: Don't get it
By Reclaimer77 on 2/25/2013 8:57:51 AM , Rating: 2
Off all our customers, every single one uses MS Office. There is just no way around it.

On 7 inch tablets?

My point isn't this difficult to grasp. Again, the OP was just dead wrong.

RE: Don't get it
By kmmatney on 2/25/2013 12:14:12 AM , Rating: 2
They are selling a Win8 tablet - just Google "HP Elite Pad".

RE: Don't get it
By euler007 on 2/26/2013 1:24:49 PM , Rating: 2
It's not a business device, can't get work done on it.

Damn, I didn't get that memo, let me take back the android phones from the 20 employees that have them and give them iphones, mr Apple Shareholder.

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