HP Slate, bitter sweet pill positioned against iPad but nowhere comparable
World’s largest IT company Hewlett-Packard launched its tablet, the Slate 500. In the current tablet race where every tablet manufacturer dreams of reaching the place where Apple iPad sits today, it seems that Slate 500 is yet another tablet that looks at the gigantic iPad with head held high.
The iPad is definitely the tablet that is going to stay there for long. It has literally owned the consumer market with over 5 million units sold with more than 3, 00,000 on the first day of release. Such is the impact of iPad and if any other company attempts to compete with it, it surely needs some mettle.
Talking about the features that HP Slate 500 has over iPad, Slate has a more powerful processor as it runs on 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor and 2GB RAM. It has more storage, 64 GB NAND flash, than the iPad. HP has pitted the Slate as the business tablet arguing no other tablet (including the iPad) is best suited for business clients.
The other specifications that Slate 500 has over iPad are its camera (both front facing VGA camera for video conferencing and 3MP rear camera), 32-bit Windows 7 Professional OS and USB 2.0 port, slots for HDMI and SD card reader for 3G modem.
But despite these pluses the Slate 500 has, we still can not compare the magnificent iPad with Slate. The tablet by HP runs poor when it comes to battery life which is a good 10 hours in an iPad as against 5 hours in Slate.
The user experience, smoothly flowing icons and images and amazing touch control offered by the iPad can not be compared to that of Slate. The Wi-Fi 802.11 connectivity feature is another threat to the Slate. And last but not the least the price tag of $499 of the iPad which is definitely a better deal against Slate’s price tag of $549.
With Dell’s Streak, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab and now HP’s Slate, the dominance of the iPad is nowhere threatened as we are yet to see the iPad 2.0 version with all the missing feature included in the early 2011 which is anticipated to shut the mouth of the other tablets for years to come.
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