The reviews are in, and most would say that the iPad is a hit! So no wonder other companies have started taking direct aim at the Apple gadget. There’s a new tablet from HP, and in its recent video, it obviously focuses on the missing features from this “magical” device, like USB port, HDMI-out port, flash support, dual cameras, and expandable memory. The Slate is expected to launch later this year. Check out this preview vid and tell us what you think. Is this an iPad killer?
I read in an article that adobe flash is heading toward obsolescence and that HTML 5 is the "wave of the future".It's quite understandable if he chose not to include it in the ipad.
the ipad is a hit! consumers love the iphone and itouch, and want to try the ipad. with how large it is surly it can do more computing ables that our mobile phones cannot. while looking into buying a ipad one of the things is noticeable about is that it has no flash support. most people expected there to be flash support. most of the media on the web is done through flash. without flash it is really a giant itouch or iphone, with some of the apps modified and a couple new ones. the app store for apple is huge! tons and tons of apps to chose form. finding the right one can be somewhat problematic. most people download tons of apps for their devices, but how many actually get used? the ipad is like an itouch that is just larger without any more computing skills. why get a giant itouch when you can get a truely mobile computer?
The big difference between the HP slate vs Ipad is the touch interface. People are not realizing that multi-touch and being touch responsive is what really separates Apple from everybody else. I have been to best buy and the touch screens for windows are very slow and not multi-touch. I rather have the multi-touch and fast response than having to press an icon many times
The flash capability on this may just win me over. I can play games without buying them from a app store. There are a ton out there.
Wow apple fanboys, so how would you know that a company is short-changing you and you will proudly say it and still buy it. In my world if i know they could have made it better but held on so as to bring another version 3 months after just because they know we are so smart to keep buying. Its the the bigger itouch which i own. why would I have an apple macbook, desktop, itouch, and still need the ipad. really what for?
The HP Slate will not run the Windows 7 interface permanently, it will have a Tablet (Touch) UI built ontop of the Windows 7 system. I will rather buy this than the iPad, it will be cheaper, have more features, and if I want, I can play Age of Empires 2 or even 3 (wishful thinking) using touch...oh the total awesomenessness.
As mentioned before, the biggest (and most important) difference is that the iPad has the App Store. That's a deal breaker for a lot of people, whether or not some (or the majority) of the apps are worth while.
History says that the HP slate will do poorly in the market. There are a lot of reasons for that: 1. Windows 7 is touch enabled but isn't designed for exclusively touch input. So developers can and will write touch enabled applications for Windows 7 but the pervasive touch user experience is not going to happen on the HP slate. 2. Related to #1 is that there is not going to be a 150,000 touch enabled applications for the HP slate. You will be able to run Windows software which is big bonus but nearly all of those applications will work poorly with the touch interface. 3. Because Windows needs to run on the Intel x86 architecture, the best CPU for long battery life is the Atom. While this CPU has a higher clock speed than the custom ARM A4 in the iPad (1.6 GHz vs 1.0 GHz), it also has to deal with Windows 7 bloat. It is unlikely that the perceived performance will match the iPad. 4. Related to #3, the battery life on the HP slate is likely to be half of what the iPad gets in normal usage. Add the additional load put on by Adobe Flash video and the battery life is likely to be a real problem. 5. The Web browser for the HP slate is probably going to be IE 8. There is no comparison in speed between Safari vs. IE on a mobile device. Safari is far superior. The HP slate has a few advantages based on the paper spec sheet but in the real world, it isn't likely to do any better than previous Windows tablets. HP isn't really bringing anything new to the table and when comparing real world performance against the iPad it is likely to look even worse than its Windows predecessors.
I have a question, why does Adobe Flash run so poorly on apple products? People always complain about Flash but what exactly is it that really slows everything down?
The problem has been Adobe. Until very recently they showed no interest in optimizing Flash for OS X. Since the release of the Flash-less iPhone they suddenly have taken to optimizing Flash in 10.1 but it is probably too little, too late. The HTML5 video that Safari supports uses hardware acceleration on OS X. Even the latest version of Flash on OS X does not. This makes a huge difference in battery usage and performance. Adobe claims that Apple doesn't supply the correct APIs for using hardware acceleration but others point out that it is Adobe that doesn't want to modify their software to use the APIs that Apple does supply. Silverlight for example has hardware acceleration on OS X.
Just curious... If you say that Apple does not include everything at release, why buy? Because you hope, at some point, that it will be included in an update? People can like Apple's process and that opinion can be right for them. I, however, would rather buy the Slate and not have to worry about HP, a rather large and well-established firm, limiting me on software choices to further other HP products. Aple's not including Flash to further Apple's codec is like MS requiring IE to be the only browswer. I don't like the principal... however, everyone's mileage varies..,
did anyone notice they didn't show anything on the Slate except for the things the iPad is missing?! That's low HP! but it may be your only way out.
HP Slate will not top the iPad... Actually I don't even think it will get even close to the iPad. HP does have to remember... Apple didn't include everything into the iPad at once. Why would they? When they introduce newer generations, they make more money. It would be pretty stupid of Apple to make something so amazing that they could not even top themseleves. Also, the HP slate isn't coming out for a while. Apple could release the second generation iPad a few weeks after HP releases there product, and completely dominate the sales once again. When you buy an apple product, you know what to expect, and what you're going to get. Buying something you've never heard of would almost be a 'risk' and people won't do it. Also like mentioned above, the app store is what makes apple products such as the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad amazing. You can take a fairly decent product and customize it to your need through apps. It's just amazing. Just my thoughts. Cheers.
I am not so sure... The apps ate numerous, but do you use anywhere near a small percentage of those available? Second, the original iPhone sold like "nuts" with VERY few apps. Besides the larger screen (that appears nice), what does it add over an iPod? I'm not buying one, and I know two mac and iPhone users who have sold/returned their newly-purchased iPad. Any news on second-market sales or returns?
Matthew4295: First: Excellent profile pic! Seriously, one of the best I've seen! (And so cute!) Second: I totally agree. The apps for the iPad are the big differentiator. Some of these apps are ridiculously good. And even the stock iPhone apps work well on it, too.
The big difference is that the iPad (still a weird name)can play all games on the app store. This will kill many other tablets, just as the iPhone has been doing to other phones.
I just want to say that I am looking into the HP Slate... it has ADOBE FLASH and AIR!!! That is a big thing that will help them.... if the iPad does not get multitasking and Flash, it will never become the great tablet that it can be. I really hope Jobs decides to do this, maybe the iPad might get the new iPhone OS 4.0 that is coming out. Maybe it has these things. I don't know, but what I do know, is that both devices are looking great. Keep up the great work!