Amid iPad frenzy, HP promotes its tablet computer (w/ Video)

Apr 06, 2010
The HP Slate computer is pictured at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010. Amid the hoopla over Apple's iPad, US computer giant Hewlett-Packard has released a video promoting an upcoming touchscreen tablet computer of its own.

Amid the hoopla over Apple's iPad, US computer giant Hewlett-Packard has released a video promoting an upcoming touchscreen tablet computer of its own.

The HP Slate, which is to be available later this year, will deliver a "holistic mobile experience" allowing users to consume and create digital content on the go, HP said in a blog post on Monday.

HP posted a 30-second video on YouTube touting the features of the device, which include browsing the Web, playing games and viewing video and pictures.

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The Slate resembles the but unlike the Apple device it features a camera, a USB port and supports Adobe Flash.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer first displayed a prototype of HP's new at the in Las Vegas in January running on Microsoft's latest Windows 7 computer operating system.

HP has not revealed pricing for the Slate.

The iPad went on sale in the United States on Saturday and is to be available in nine other countries later this month.

The cheapest iPad model, with Wi-Fi connectivity and 16 gigabytes of memory, is 499 dollars while the most expensive -- which includes 3G connectivity and 64GB of memory -- costs 829 dollars.

Apple said it sold more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of availability on Saturday.

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Microsoft Ceo Steve Ballmer Shows Off The Slate PC at CES 2010.


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pubwvj
Apr 06, 2010
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ormondotvos
not rated yet Apr 06, 2010
Removable battery? Stereo sound? Printer?
Thex1138
not rated yet Apr 07, 2010
Well at launch the HP slate was mashed together in like a week for the show and they were so careful with it as you can see they did not want the loose screws to fall out on stage...
So HP-MS will fob yet another windows based tablet... how many is it now for MS in the last 10 years? and still no traction for them...
Apple puts out a tablet and on day 1 sells 10% of what MS have been selling for 10 years...
Yeaaah, that's a story.
... and again they will have no content.. and follow in that great tradition of copying the innovations of Apple.

BTW I'm a PC guy... ;-)
dav_i
not rated yet Apr 07, 2010
Hey, it's like an iPad but with USB, camera, Flash and all the other things Apple forgot.
Lets hope its performance is better than Archos' effort...
John_Doe
5 / 5 (1) Apr 07, 2010
Products like this Slate will never beat the iPad (and future revolutionary products from Apple). Why?

a) iPad / iPod / iPhone doesn't need antivirus, firewall, antispyware for protection. That saves A LOT of TIME and MONEY for the users.
b) The operating system doesn't require nearly-daily patches like windows
c) OS Startup is virtually immediate
d) We don't need to spend time cleaning up the hard disk (deleting log files, old files, etc.) or optimizing the registry anymore ( like we do with Windows )
e) No more time wasted managing folders
f) Cheap software, very quick installers, no reboots necessary
g) The OS running on iPad doesn't have to keep compatibility with ancient operating systems like Windows has to (I bet you Windows 7 still has a command line application, a lot of ancient networking components, etc.)

And the list goes on.
John_Doe
not rated yet Apr 07, 2010
I am a software developer, have been developing for windows and unix for over 10 years, started developing for iphone last year (and got a mac) and I am very happy and impressed. I can't stand my windows laptop anymore. It takes forever to let me start using it, if compared to the mac. I am looking forward for the next product. Perhaps they will improve the OS running on iPad and launch a laptop running it.
N8graph
5 / 5 (1) Apr 09, 2010
John,
I agree with you both your posts, though I do call shell scripts to what is basically command line if you can call UNIX bash shell that... for the real power. The basics of Apple is that they are a Hardware company with their own custom OS. Security is a major plus on an Apple OS and is updated and protected when needed. On any other OS like windows 7 or Android they are pushing the limits of their OS and patching when needed. I do like the caution that Apple gives in one upping the competition in software (ex. Multitasking) since they will do it right and figure out how to suspend processes and make the seamless transitions between apps.
I used to be a Windows OS user but since OSX was released, I do have to say that Apple has a far superior operating system for their desktop PC's and a longer life expectancy for hardware since the Intel transition. You can buy a mac and not have to upgrade the hardware for at least 5 years. A Windows OS can be bi-yearly for changing components
N8graph
not rated yet Apr 09, 2010
Ohh, almost forgot... what is the battery life on the slate PC's... hehe... never mentioned... maybe 4 hrs.. if that?
CWFlink
not rated yet May 02, 2010
Yet another series of pot shots in the tired old MS vrs Apple wars... You get what you pay for. Apple will always cost more and be more secure because it is a relatively closed system. It was like puling teeth to get them to change to PC compatible processors, memory, interfaces, etc. Why did they finally give in? Because the costs of ignoring market leading components and forcing proprietary standards upon hardware mfgs just got too high. Why were PC like components cheaper? Competition and mass production does it every time; no man is an island, unless he is Jobs.

You choose: something that is flaky and changes frequently because there are hundreds of hw and sw component manufacturers competing to build upon it (i.e. the PC) or something that is stable for half a decade until "the annointed one" chooses to make a new proprietary release.

I guess I'm just turned off by the arrogance Apple showed in years past by not even using standard connectors, cables and components.