HP Teaser Shows Off Multi-Touch Slate's Best Attributes - HotHardware
HP Teaser Shows Off Multi-Touch Slate's Best Attributes

HP Teaser Shows Off Multi-Touch Slate's Best Attributes

Much like Donkey Kong, "it's on." The tablet wars are now fully in effect, and with Apple laying down the first blow, HP has followed up just a few days later with a gorgeous teaser video that makes it difficult to wait. As we all know by know, the multi-touch tablet will have a lot of things the iPad doesn't: a USB port, Flash support and a camera, for starters. It won't have the App Store nor will have Apple's unique user interface, and despite their best efforts, we sort of doubt that HP will be able to get people lined up 3 days in advance at the local Best Buy for an HP Slate.



That said, HP is making a case that their Slate could very well be the Apple iPad killer. There are still a lot of unknowns, but the things we do know make it very appealing. HP realizes that the Slate has to be great at helping users consume media, but it also has to be good at much more to steal Apple's thunder, particularly with iPhone OS 4.0 just around the bend. If you assume that Apple will bring multi-tasking to the iPad in the next few months, having that ability on the Slate becomes a lot less important. We sort of think that's why Apple made the OS 4.0 announcement so soon after the iPad's launch; it basically takes the "well, our tablet can multi-task!" play away from everyone else.



HP clearly states in a new promotional post about the Slate that "media consumption is only half of the ideal mobile experience," noting that Skype chatting, photo viewing and the sharing of digital content is equally important. Unfortunately, no price or release date has been set, but we have heard in the past that a Q3 2010 ship date was probable. Have a look at the video below; does it make it harder to hold off an iPad? Does it make you more sure about your decision to wait for HP's alternative?


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This HP Slate looks very appealing and I do think it makes me want to wait. I'm rarely one to buy the first version of any new product anyway, so that also plays into my iPad buying considerations but still, USB and Flash support are important to me. Without these, I think the iPad is a lesser tablet.

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This definitely seems more appealing than the iPad.  It can even take video!  I haven't been a fan of HP in recent years, but with this I'll have to say go HP!

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The tablet wars are now fully ineffect, and with Apple laying down the first blow, HP has followed upjust a few days later with a gorgeous teaser video that makes itdifficult to wait.

Well now, it's nice to see the competition heating up. I bet a lot of people are going to be having a bunch of Homer Simpson moments when they realize that the iPad's BEST functional use is a drink coaster. 

As we all know by know, the multi-touch tablet willhave a lot of things the iPad doesn't: a USB port, Flash support and acamera, for starters. It won't have the App Store nor will have Apple'sunique user interface, and despite their best efforts, we sort of doubtthat HP will be able to get people lined up 3 days in advance at thelocal Best Buy for an HP Slate.

Well personally I'd be sold on the fact that is has USB, Flash, and built-in camera support. I also don't think HP has a lot of diehard fans that are willing to drop tons of money on their products either. I don't think I'll ever find myself waiting outside of a retail store to buy a product that I don't even have solid reviews of yet. Fancy logos and commercials aren't what any consumer should base their budget on.  

I want this to be the iPad killer. 

Being a video and film enthusiast, I can definitely say that the video presented by HP marketing their product was very effective. Even though I know that their built in camera won't be as responsive as it was shown in the video, it still 1-ups the iPad just because it has that capability. Another thing notable was the showcasing of the USB connection, as well as Skype video chats. 

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Not sure how this can even become close to the iPad killer. You can't just have a superior product, you need a superior brand. HP can't beat Apple in branding any time soon. You don't see the mass consumer getting exited over new HP products, there isn't a site that releases leaked HP future products (if there is one, it isn't to the scale of the Apple one), etc. My opinion is that there won't be an Apple product killer in a while unless Steve Jobs died or they make a HUGE mistake.

 

Anyways, HP has been doing well. Like their laptop segment. As far as this slate product, I bet they are just trying to take as much market share as they can. I think that is a reasonable thought. Although it is good to aim high and shoot for a iPad killer.

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Yes!!

This is the beginning of all the IPad killers. I think there will be so many products like this that it wont be an Apple dominated market like the IPod. The Ipad is just an evolving copy of the Tablets from many years ago. Even today the doctors use Toshiba Tablets that are absolutely amazing for a work environment. Come to think of it, That is probably where Job's decided to push forward with the tablet. He was probably in the hospital and saw the doctor using one of those and understood how useful it is, and efficient. Next thing he does is get out and put on the Turtleneck and call it Genius!

HP's Slate is alot more intriguing than any of the IPads. They might not always use the highest quality components, but they do deliver what the customers wants and needs. I have owned quite a few HP's and even my current PC is one.

This thing is amazing, even though it cant get all the news coverage. This is like the car that actually works, rather than the Yugo that breaks down and useless three years later. Just for that one shot of the slate being used as a camera is amazing, that alone makes me want one. More so if it does that in 1080p or higher! Imagine these things replacing movie cameras :) Or at the least, it can be used for dailies and scene blocking.

If they keep this ones price well below the I-ScamPod, It will sell at an unbelievable pace. When reality sets in for IPad users and they start asking "we have to pay what for what?!" they will rush to products like this, That end up having more features and lower prices. Meanwhile all the other companies will be riding on all the free marketing by providing products that actually are useful.

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Interesting comparison I found off of Engadget. Wished the picture was bigger so that the words would be easier on the eyes...

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