HP and Microsoft offer vapor as Apple launches iPad

“HP said Tuesday it’s readying a Windows 7-powered slate PC that it claims will offer a more complete computing experience than Apple’s iPad,” Paul McDougall reports for InformationWeek. “”With this slate product, you’re getting a full Web browsing experience in the palm of your hand,” said Phil McKinney, HP’s VP and chief technical officer for its Personal Systems Group, in a blog post. ‘No watered down Internet, no sacrifices,’ wrote McKinney. And, unlike the iPad, McKinney said HP’s yet-to-be-named tablet PC will support Adobe’s Flash multimedia format. ‘A big bonus for the slate product is that, being based on Windows 7, it offers full Adobe support,’ said McKinney.”

MacDailyNews Take: So, with this product, which has no shipping date or price, do you also get any usable battery life after the piggish Flash has had it’s way with your POS off-the-shelf Atom processor? Also, by “full Web browsing” experience, does Mr. HP Marketing Flak mean full exposure to the wonderful world of Windows viruses, worms, and trojans? The answers, although tough to divine from mere vapor as its “maker,” which for quite some time is much better known for gouging customers on printing cartridges than for advancing innovation in hardware or software, awaits the arrival of their first iPads of many in order to complete the specs and features of their wannabe device(s), are likely: “Barely” and “Yes,” respectively. This is yet another attempt to freeze a market. Too bad for HP and Microsoft that this particular market didn’t exist until Apple created it.

McDougall continues, “To prove his point, McKinney posted a video of the HP tablet in action. Similar to the iPad commercial that debuted during Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast, the video shows a user navigating his way around the device through a series of simple hand gestures. It also shows it being used as a video player, an e-reader, and as a navigational tool. HP has yet to provide specific information, such as pricing and release dates, for its slate PC… Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer demonstrated a prototype HP tablet powered by Windows 7 in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and promised that more such products are in the works.”

MacDailyNews Take: Demo videos and prototypes. And they’ll all have actual products ready to go ASAP, right after they first get some Apple iPads in their labs. Word to the unwise: Don’t ignore those patents, guys. wink

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Isn’t it amazing how box assemblers who’ve been cobbling together non-selling tablet PCs for about decade now, all of a sudden, seem to have a better idea (but still wrong overall) of what to do? Why now? What the heck triggered this mass “flash” of insight? Who the heck is more like it. As always: Apple leads and the rest follow poorly and at a distance.

47 Comments

  1. I used to do 200-page magazine proofs each issue on my HP Colour Laserjet, until the ink prices became extra-extortionate.
    (What happened? The ink trees got a disease?)
    Now I just do PDFs! Saves me a fortune.
    HP deserve every deep cut and twist of our pent-up revenge.
    And I hope their silly tablet is as bad as it sounds.

  2. These lousy ass scum bastards start cranking out this fukken PR to try to get consumers to hesitate, the whole time sitting on their lazy, lard stupid asses. Like scum shit Nokia all they can do is ‘copy with pride’. Ask asswipe Anssi Vanjoki.

  3. Unfortunately, HP’s strategy of muddying the waters before the iPad launch will work on the average Windrone. Using mockups and unsubstantiated claims (that the media echo without researching) HP and MS can lull PC lemmings into believing that they too will be able to get an iPad clone from their beige box makers.

  4. You don’t get something for nothing.

    I think Apple has made some very smart design trade-offs.
    It will be interesting to see how these other products perform in the real world when they finally appear.

    The lesser product often has a longer spec sheet.

  5. The iPad is indeed a larger, faster iPod Touch with some better custom software.

    I expect this to be like a video game console release where the first version is more niche audience, then the second or third revision brings its price and features into a mainstream sweetspot and it kills from there on.

    I don’t see how any one can navigate the web more efficiently with this than a mouse and keyboard, but it probably feels more fun…until you go to sites that use flash…and I’m always finding them on my iPhone. : (

  6. Historically, and even somewhat now, vaporware and FUD work. They help keep people at jumping for Apple introduced products, to wait for a cheaper (I mean that in both senses of the word.)Dell, HP, MS, or Moto product.
    I wonder just how many people are still waiting for iPhone on Verizon, with all the false stories of porting, that have been out out there in the past few years.

  7. You know a company is already out of ideas when they have to rely on another company (Adobe) to differentiate themselves from the competition.

    Next week, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Sony, etc. will advertise their new iPad killers with Flash as well, and HP will be forgotten in all the excitement.

  8. Not only is flash a battery vampire, so is Windows 7 itself.

    Anyone else notice that HP and Microsoft only started using the word “slate” after it was widely rumored (and almost universally believed) that Apple’s product would be called the iSlate?

  9. Aw, man, do we have to go through the “-killer” cycle again, like we did with the iPod and iPhone? First we’ll have a series of clunky, awkward looking knockoffs, that all have the same extra feature that Apple doesn’t. For the iPod it was an FM tuner. For the iPhone it’s multitasking. So I guess for the iPad it’s Flash. Then the device manufacturers watch in despair as no one gives a crap about their knockoffs, and as Apple innovates and improves their product so fast, they can’t keep up. After a few years of losing money hand over fist chasing Apple, the competitors give up and cede the market.

    Am I the only Apple fan who’s a little depressed that Apple seems to be the only company who truly knows how to innovate? How much energy is wasted chasing Apple that could be devoted to leapfrogging Apple to the “next big thing”? But these other companies just don’t have what it takes to do that.

    ——RM

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