HP Slate Reportedly Shipping "by September"

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If the latest reports turn out to be true, then Hewlett Packard might be doing a huge favor for Apple. According to Spanish paper Clipset, worst case scenario is that HP won't be shipping its Slate tablet until September, by which time Apple's iPad would have about a 5 month head start.

We probably won't have to wait quite that long, but whether or not the Slate ships before the tail-end of summer remains to be seen. Loosely translated, Clipset claims the official launch is scheduled for June and that units will arrive in Europe "before September." What that means for the U.S. market isn't yet known.



We'd be a little surprised if the Slate slipped that long, especially with the way HP has been promoting its upcoming tablet. The OEM recently posted a video touting its tablet while taking subtle jabs at Apple's iPad.

The other big question is how much HP's Slate will cost. According to Clipset, the Slate will run about €400, which works out to about $540 in American greenbacks.
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nelvik replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 12:38 PM

Seems like iPad started another trend. Now that HP is getting on the tail with Slate, who's next to jump onto the bandwagon?

But it is true, 5 months behind iPad's shipment might lose a lot of market share. (though personally i still see more drawbacks than advantages of the iPad).

I guess I'll wait and see =]

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bbdl replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 2:49 PM

I am pretty sure these were actually started by IBM years ago. I remember people having them at work. These were usually mobile sales people, but the device looked neat. As for how this all goes it seems to me that the Apple nuts will buy the Apple one anyways, and try to say it is the best thing since Starbucks opened. The Apple pad seems kind of non functional to me. Or at least just and upgraded iPod unit. Who wants something which should be at least as good as a netbook in this form that is not? I don't quite get the brand name loyalties here. I just want something that will do everything I want it to. The delayed release while it is not a good thing, as I said the Apple nuts will buy it anyway. Then when School starts back this will appeal to the teenagers. Th adults such as myself at least on the Apple pad have in a large way I think made the decision to wait and see where this goes anyway.

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RyuGTX replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 5:02 PM

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I am pretty sure these were actually started by IBM years ago. I remember people having them at work. These were usually mobile sales people, but the device looked neat. As for how this all goes it seems to me that the Apple nuts will buy the Apple one anyways, and try to say it is the best thing since Starbucks opened. The Apple pad seems kind of non functional to me. Or at least just and upgraded iPod unit. Who wants something which should be at least as good as a netbook in this form that is not? I don't quite get the brand name loyalties here. I just want something that will do everything I want it to. The delayed release while it is not a good thing, as I said the Apple nuts will buy it anyway. Then when School starts back this will appeal to the teenagers. Th adults such as myself at least on the Apple pad have in a large way I think made the decision to wait and see where this goes anyway.

 

I think brand name loyalty comes a lot from experience. If you buy a product and generally get a better experience from it compared to another one, then loyalty is being built. I do admit that there are a few companies that I am more or less loyal to, but that doesn't mean that I will buy every one of their products and swear that it is the best thing in the world. For me, it means that when I am ready to buy a product, I usually lean towards the brand that I like. As long as there aren't any major faults/defects with the product. It is almost as if there is this relationship of trust going on. An example of this for me are Logitech products. I've bought a few in the past (speakers, mouse, etc.) and I really like the experience I have with them. I continue to buy them because I believe that I'm buying quality, which I think is what their brand stands for.

Brands aren't just names. A good brand stands for a few things that define them and they try to continue to uphold that image.

 

Anyways, I got sidetracked. I'm interested in seeing how well this turns out. I hope that HP picks the correct consumers to target and market it well. I think HP had some pretty good marketing campaigns. I'm talking about the laptop commercials where they had stars like Shawn White, Jerry Seinfeld, etc. I thought those were cool.

 

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acarzt replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 7:07 PM

Apple did not start this trend...

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I personally Love all this competition! This is exactly the way it should be. Every single one of these companies should be coming out with a pad. Then, they should all be trying to better the others and offering lower and lower prices.

Could you imagine if HP actually kept all production here in the states and offered the same or better features on the Ipad. If they did that and kept the price competitive, they would sell like hotcakes! In this economy that would be a very smart business model. After all those jobs that would be created, then all those people would buy, then get all their friends and family to follow. If that were the case, I know if it came down to an IPad for $600 or that HP made in USA for $700? I would definitely buy the HP! :)

When talking about brand loyalty, these are a few things that always consume my thoughts. I have been loyal to a few companies in the past. Nowadays most brands are the ones that have built up a good reputation from providing quality and caring about their clients. Then they all parted ways and split into others companies and countries, merging and cutting costs and quality! I am a Ford Guy! But there is no going back since they are now making the cars in Mexico and parts from everywhere else exploiting cheap labour, in exchange for quality and customer satisfaction.

I am also an HP guy, and I would probably go for this over the Apple any day. Like I said in previous post, I just wish it had scribe support. So it can be used as a digital sketchbook for when we are on the go?

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