HP Slate leaks onto the Internet

The only other tablet that has managed to even muster up a smidgen of the hype that the iPad received is the HP Slate.  Conecti.ca has gotten its hands on the device and is not in love with the platform. 

The slate is essentially a touch screen netbook, this we knew, but until now it had been never been handled outside of HP’s controlled environments.  Conecti.ca, via Engadget, roughly translates that the device is average at best.  Much like a netbook, the device felt slow and frustrating at times.  

Little info about how well the TouchSmart skin has been implemented was revealed.  But, if the device is starting to leak out, this probably means that the launch will happen sooner, rather than later. 

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well that's depressing, if not totally unexpected. the microsoft courier is my only remaining hope.
no other tablets seem to even approach the user experience quality of the ipad (but i refuse to buy anything from apple).

the competition needs to realise the importance of design!

A full windows tablet has to comprimise too much on speed and tech specs to get a half descent battery life etc and the overall result is getting itself labelled on par with a netbook.

Without significant improvements in the hardware and software aspects of full windows tablets, I would suspect the future of tablets will be pivoted on mobile OS's. A tablet on Windows Mobile 7 and an android tablet seem very likely. If you need full software capabilities like full Word or iWorks youll just have to RDP into your home machine or a cloud service.

Who finds a netbook frustrating to use? There great to use on the move, and for performance there more than capable of doing most of the things the average person wants to do.

Wonder if Snow Leopard can be installed in this damn thing to make it usable. Just read the hand-on impressions ( thanks Google translate) and considering to buy an ipad.

LIke I said in the forum post about this news.

They managed to get a hold of the device, play around with it, come to the conclusion that it's slow and annoying, but have very little to no information on how good the screen / hp skin is for touch input. Doesn't make sense.

How does a tablet (hardware) physically leak onto the internet (software)... because that's how the title sounds, as though something tangible exist in a virtual form.

The information on this unit has been "leaked" for some time...

Andrijan Apostoloski said,
Looks like an iPad-clone. Well the iPad was also rumored to be named iSlate, so i see the HP Creativity, lol.

HP slate was announced before Ipad

M_Lyons10 said,

Exactly. What an ignorant post. lol

How was it ignorant? The post makes it sound like Apple came up with the idea when HP already announced the Slate. Just simply stating that the Slate has been in development longer than the iPad. Too many people think the iPad came first and yes it was released first but you can't say HP is copying Apple or getting their creativity from them.

dogmai said,

How was it ignorant? The post makes it sound like Apple came up with the idea when HP already announced the Slate. Just simply stating that the Slate has been in development longer than the iPad. Too many people think the iPad came first and yes it was released first but you can't say HP is copying Apple or getting their creativity from them.

They probably should have copied Apple. This product will fail. HP and Balmer thought they would get the jump on Apple by announcing their tablet device. But other than a similar form factor, the Slate and iPad share nothing in common as far usability. And that will be the Slate's downfall. Just wait for Google's tablet. It will follow Apple's footsteps in using a mobile OS instead of a desktop OS.

asdavis10 said,

They probably should have copied Apple. This product will fail. HP and Balmer thought they would get the jump on Apple by announcing their tablet device. But other than a similar form factor, the Slate and iPad share nothing in common as far usability. And that will be the Slate's downfall. Just wait for Google's tablet. It will follow Apple's footsteps in using a mobile OS instead of a desktop OS.

They need a cross between the two, like a hybrid of the two. It needs more than a mobile experience but doesn't need all that comes with the desktop OS's. I'd take the Windows 7 over the mobile OS's though but that's just me.

techbeck said,
Just have to wait on the android based tablets...which are hopefully going to come soon.

Or the Courier, which really looks phenomenal.

M_Lyons10 said,

Or the Courier, which really looks phenomenal.

Though I have an iPad, I'll probably get an Android tablet when it is released. They will probably be the best competition to the iPad. I'm still not a believer of the Courier. It looks very nice in those demo videos, but until I see it in someone's hands, I'm skeptical about Microsoft being able to deliver.

I said before: ipad is the right combination of hardware and software. The competition (if existent) is lacking on of both.

Borix said,
I said before: ipad is the right combination of hardware and software. The competition (if existent) is lacking on of both.

I concur. HP and other companies have to develop a more light weight OS that does the basic functions. Windows 7 is too powerful for this.

Borix said,
I said before: ipad is the right combination of hardware and software. The competition (if existent) is lacking on of both.

Indeed. These things are not meant to be Laptop or Desktop replacement. They are meant to be accessories. Windows 7, the OS, may have "touch" features built in.... but the majority of software does not. The end result is going to be some half-ass touch software trying to appeal to both touch users and keyboard+mouse users. In my view, Apple has gone the right direction by making the touch OS and all of the touch software, its own platform. I didn't think this when I first heard about the iPad... but now that I've seen it in action and have thought about the problems surrounding the development of an OS and software that has a UI that appeals to both Keyboard+Mouse users and Touch users, I believe Apple has made the right choice.

Edited by Shadrack, Apr 19 2010, 9:09pm :

dimithrak said,

I concur. HP and other companies have to develop a more light weight OS that does the basic functions. Windows 7 is too powerful for this.

I agree. Though I still think that Apple should have invested more in an OS that takes better advantage of the way a tablet is used...

I think the Courier is the best example of what a tablet OS should look like.

M_Lyons10 said,

I think the Courier is the best example of what a tablet OS should look like.

I still can't find a single Courier booster who can tell me how you enjoy video on it... without using half of it at the size of a smartphone's screen.

Thats too bad...perhaps they should have gone with the Android OS to avoid slowness and probably get better battery life.

KeR said,
Thats too bad...perhaps they should have gone with the Android OS to avoid slowness and probably get better battery life.

Except they wouldn't have all the benefits Windows provides... Windows 7 is good too, so I don't believe that's the issue here. Probably low hardware specs or poorly developed UI (The HP stuff)... The touch HP computer last year was ridiculously slow as well. I'm beginning to wonder if it's their UI.

Ricmacas said,
This was unfortunately predictable. I just didnt want to hear it....

Yeah, this seems to be on par with HP products unfortunately...