Leaked HP Slate fails to impress; gadget blog tries it, says ‘meh’

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“For tablet enthusiasts who want a device that’s not created by Apple, the HP Slate — a tablet with iPad-like styling but running Windows — seems a promising option,” Priya Ganapati reports for Wired.

MacDailyNews Take: You could count the number of “tablet enthusiasts” on one hand before Apple unveiled the iPad. Those who “want a device that’s not created by Apple” are masochists with dusty, unused, uncharged Dell DJs stuck in the back of their desk drawers.

Ganapati continues, “But a Mexican site that played with an early version of the Slate is not impressed. The OS takes too long to load, which can be ‘annoying,’ says Conecti.ca.”

“HP hasn’t demoed the Slate yet publicly but it has deliberately leaked a few highly edited videos of the device. Conecti.ca confirms most of the specs that have leaked out for the Slate, but says HP’s tablet is more of a competitor for netbooks than the Apple iPad,” Ganapati reports. “The site, which has posted a gallery of photos for the Slate, has one word for it: ‘meh.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Conecti.ca’s article has been pulled and replaced with the statement: “By a direct request of Hewlett Packard Mexico this post has-been removed. The product show in this post will be reviewed Later in the official presentation. Thank you for your understanding.”

Yes, we understand. Certain firms got wind of Apple’s iPad and trotted out a nebulous slab for an on-stage dog and pony show in order to be able to claim “first.” Then they waited for Apple’s unveiling and began to tailor their device to play up what they thought were “shortcomings” (much like iPhone also-rans trumpeted “Copy-Paste” not so long ago), loading up spec sheets with ports so they can seem to “win” on paper. Then when the actual device slips into users hands, the entire ruse is exposed for what it is – a derivative, poorly-faked version of Apple’s product that leaves the user unimpressed. Certain firms then try to quickly stuff their powerless genie back into the bottle; a move which they’ll find to be wholly unsuccessful, just like their product.

Stick to ripping people off with ink cartridges, HP. You pissed away your “invent” chops decades ago.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “jax44” for the heads up.]

28 Comments

  1. HP doesn’t have much choice. There isn’t a good tablet OS outside of the iPhone OS, and HP certainly can’t develop its own. So it has to try to differentiate its tablet from the iPad, and the only way it can make the tablet “better” than the iPad is to add things like USB ports.

    Microsoft will never, ever be able to develop a good tablet OS because it will insist on the OS doing everything a desktop does and it will insist on using Windows, which is so bloated and slow that you need the latest, greatest desktop to make it run decently. So running it on a tablet using an Atom processor or something underpowered (for Windows) will never work well.

    But the good news is that Apple can’t be accused of having a monopoly on tablet computers because there are alternatives out there (they suck, but they’re there).

  2. just like a movie rushed through by committee instead of allowing to be refined (pixar vs dreamworks) …software and computer hardware need to be refined over time to hit the market correctly.

    having 40 billion in the bank allows Apple to take their time and do it correctly.

  3. “Stick to ripping people off with ink cartridges, HP. You pissed away your “invent” chops decades ago.” Indeed. Most of HP’s profits come from the printer division and most of those come from consumables (ink and laser cartridges).

    I was first exposed to HP as the maker of those leading edge calculators (I still have an HP-10C), then to their high-end instrumentation, then to their computers and workstations. Most of the best stuff was spun off into Agilent. Their RISC processors were abandoned in favor of Itanium (talk about epic fail!). Is HP/UX still around? Yeah, their computer division still brings in revenue, but margins on all but the servers are modest.

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