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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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As the owner for a nexus 7
By tviceman on 2/24/2013 4:08:15 PM , Rating: 3
I really wish the 16:10 form factor for tablets would just die. I am not a fan of Apple, but I have to say after using various Android tablets and playing around with both a full sized iPad and the mini, the 4:3 aspect ratio is much more usable for everything non-video.

Anyways, 7" tablets need ultra-thin bezels. All tablets do could use the smallest bezels possible, but especially smaller ones since the bezel takes up a higher percentage of screen space.

RE: As the owner for a nexus 7
By Solandri on 2/25/2013 4:51:11 PM , Rating: 2
Blame the publishers. Your tablet already has a bezel. There's no need to add more margins to the content being displayed. But most publishers are stuck in the "I'm going to print this on paper" mentality and so include margins in stuff intended for electronic consumption.

If you remove the margins, Time magazine is 7x10, which is a 1.43 aspect ratio. National Geographic is 5.5x9, which is a 1.64 aspect ratio.

Resizing these to fit into a 4:3 iPad results in 93.3% pixel usage for Time, 81.5% pixel usage for Nat Geo.

Resizing these to fit into a 16:10 tablet results in 89.3% pixel usage for Time, 97.8% pixel usage for Nat Geo.

So on balance the 16:10 makes a more effective size. More so outside the U.S. where A4 paper is standard (taller and narrower than U.S. letter-sized). Also, both of these publish in two columns because it's difficult to read something that wide as a single column. If you reflow text instead of force the tablet user to see your publication as you want, 16:10 or even 16:9 single column is a more effective use of space.

Bleeds which cover the entire page would seem to fit 4:3 better. But they're almost exclusively pictures. Pictures shouldn't be fixed in an eBook. They should be resizeable with text flowing around them, zoomable to full screen. Most professional photos are shot with DSLRs, which retain the 3:2 aspect ratio of 35mm film. The iPad reproduces these with 88.9% of its pixels. 16:10 reproduces them with 93.8% of its pixels. So here too, 16:10 is superior.

So final scorecard (better fit bolded) is:

4:3 ....... 16:10
100.0% 83.3% - Consumer digicam/smartphone
93.3% . 89.3% - Time magazine
81.5% .. 97.8% - Nat Geo magazine
88.9% .. 93.8% - DSLR photos
75.0% .. 90.0% - 16:9 movie
82.4% .. 98.9% - golden ratio (google it)

You'll find a similar thing if you look at paperback book sizes (which is probably more relevant to 7"-8" tablets). The standard aspect ratio of a paperback page (including margins) is 1.5 to 1.6. Factor in the margins and it becomes 1.7 to 1.9. All my friends I've spoken to say the iPad mini is too wide and difficult to hold in one hand for extended reading. The iPad mini's size is close to the Reader's Digest format. But the only way to read those while holding them comfortably in one hand was to bend them.

Overall, except for faithfully reproducing paper periodicals and pictures/video conforming to the outdated NTSC/PAL format, 16:10 just works better. Right now we're limited by technology (mainly display and battery weight) to about 10" screens as a maximum size. but as technology improves and we get to 12" and 13" tablets with today's weight and battery life, 16:10 (plus a bezel) will really start to shine.

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