In just a few weeks, Apple
will finally release its much hyped iPad
to the public, and if Apple has its way, the iPad will do for the tablet
space what the iPod
did for media player market and iPhone
did for the smartphone sector. In other words, it will set the bar by which all competitor products are measured, no matter how loud the anti-Apple sentiment resonates from die-hard PC (as in, Windows-based) fans.
But here's the thing. Unlike Apple's previous products, which could be considered groundbreaking in one way or another at the time of release, the iPad isn't exactly revolutionary and leaves the door open for competitors to jump in with a better product. Could HP's
Slate fit the bill?"With this slate product, you're getting a full Web browsing experience in the palm of your hand. No watered-down Internet, no sacrifices," HP wrote in a blog post.
Oh snap! Did HP did just say what we think they did? The company goes on to reassure that a "big bonus for the Slate product is that, being based off Windows 7, it offers full Adobe support,
" and that includes Flash. In other words, to quote Daniel Tosh from Tosh.0 fame, "I'm better than you, na-na na-na boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo"
(we didn't make that up, see here
To drive the point home (and to stick Apple's had in doo-doo), HP has posted a handful of videos showing its upcoming Slate tablet running Adobe Air and Flash content, including video playback from MTV.com, a Spongebob Squarepants game, and even a little bit of photo editing at Photoshop.com. In other words, all things you won't be able to do on Apple's $500+ iPad.
Well played, HP, though this video
is pretty cool as well.