Tablets are becoming more and more popular. The most talked about one currently is the Apple iPad, but there’s a new tablet coming to town, and it’s called the HP Slate. HP has not yet specified a release date, but it’s set to be sometime in 2010. The main question that everyone seems to be asking is will it take over the iPad? Will HP win the battle?
As far as specs, the HP Slate beats the iPad in my opinion. Not in screen size of course. The screen size for the Slate is set to be a 8.9″ widescreen compared to the 9.7″ Apple iPad, both having the capacitive touch screens. Now a lot of people are in love the iPad because of the e-book reader option, lucky for them, the HP Slate will also have this feature. No phone function on either, but the HP Slate will have the camera. As far as operating systems, the iPad is running iPhone OS 3.2, while the HP Slate will be running Windows 7. Apple created the A4 chip (1GHz) for the iPad which allows the iPad to run fantastic, but to run the full operating system, Windows 7, the Slate will have a 1.6GHz Intel Atom chip inside, the same CPU as a netbook.
One very important feature to people when choosing the right tablet PC to pick up is the wi-fi and 3G option. Both will have wi-fi and not to mention bluetooth, but only the iPad has the 3G option. Whether you’re for Flash on your tablet or not, we all know the iPad doesn’t support it, but the Slate does. Of course the iPad is centralized around applications, it’s what the OS runs, whereas the HP Slate will indeed feature applications, but they will use both the HP Touchsmart apps and native Windows apps. Battery life on the Slate is half of that on the iPad, around 5 hours. And the big one that most are concerned about is the price. The HP Slate will be somewhere in the price range of $549-$599, so about the same. All in all, this looks like a great product, and you’ll have that ability to run a full operating system on it, that being Windows 7. So, only time will tell if this product will be a hit or not, and if it will surpass the iPad.