After the huge success of the iPad is wasn’t long before we seen competitors and HP were the first to introduce, a very familiar looking device, called the HP Slate. However there are a few things you must understand, any Apple/PC hater, review, blog etc etc will only compare the two against each other into a VS contest.
This however, wouldn’t be a very practical thing to do, because after reading so much into the new HP slate out of interest, it seems like a completely different device all together, also picked up an analogy from a forgotten website saying:
“HP Slate is a motocycle and iPad is a bicycle, you would never say that the motocycle will out-sell a bicycle, but you would put them in their own markets.”
I have to agree, iPad as we all know, and what most complain about, is a very simplistic form of tablet. It doesn’t claim to be a laptop computer, in fact it aims to bridge the gap between PDA and computer, giving a hands on computer like feel from a mobile device and it does just that. It doesn’t take long to figure out how to use it and I’m sure with a little tutorial your younger siblings and elders within your family can easily get grips without further questions.
HP Slate however, is definitely a motocycle. It has a hell of a lot more RAM at 2GB, a front facing and back camera, up to 64GB memory, USB connector and the ability for external devices such as CD/DVD rom and hard drives. It also uses Windows 7 OS not a mobile version which what really makes them differ. iPad is designed as a mobile device, hence the mobile like OS and the 3G capabilities and so on. HP Slate however is only WiFi which lowers its more mobile capabilities, it is just a touchscreen netbook. There is really no other way to describe it, now this is not necessarily a bad thing because thats exactly what people expected from Apple’s iPad but I think there is a reason for that, practicality.
Is there really any reason why we need it to have a full OS, is it actually worth it? Microsoft office on the go maybe a good thing for business people if they can stand to type on a piece of glass. I have to admit I was expecting HP to bring an android type OS to the HP Slate to bring real competition to iPad but it seems they have tried to go too far ahead of our time because what we will have is applications designed for laptops and desktop that might make Slates touchscreen capabilities it’s main downfall.
As something as powerful as this means it needs a lot of fuel, the battery lasts ‘5+’ hours, now HP doesn’t state the batteries full potential when browsing, watching movies, playing games etc. But it’s safe to assume 5 hours is the minimum which is not bad, but again for mobile devices, battery life is extremely important and can be the deciding factor and it’s not a huge step forward in battery life.
Something good can come out of this though, with the mobile devices having mainly a lack of pro-creation software. Graphic designers and illustrator masters might enjoy getting rid of annoying graphics tablets and use the Slate like drawing on paper. This is exactly what I would use it for too.
In the ever growing Apple VS PC debate, PC fanboys like to crap on Apple fanboys with the phrases ‘pretentious’ and ‘flashy.’ Well PC Fanboys you called the iPad too expensive (which in all fairness I kind of agree) but you might re consider it after seeing the HP Slates hefty price tag, starting at $799… wow, good luck with that. Your paying approx 3x the price of a netbook for the novelty of a touchscreen.
Overall, Slate is what everyone expected iPad to be, but iPad is also what Slate isn’t.