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HP Slate vs iPad: Specs compared

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 05 Apr 2010 22:46 User comments (23)

HP Slate vs iPad: Specs compared Engadget has got their hands on an HP memo that compares the upcoming HP Slate tablet to the much-hyped iPad.
The Slate will run on Windows 7, will cost $549 at its cheapest, and will include an 8.9-inch 1024x600 multi-touch screen.

Separating it from the iPad even further is the 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor, 1GB RAM, SDHC slot (with support up to 128GB), two cameras, a USB port, a SIM card slot, and five-hour battery life.

Check the screenshot here:

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23 user comments

15.4.2010 23:24
greg30127
Unverified new user

Overall the Slate has a strong advantage over the iPad in many areas, like SD and USB slots, TWO cameras, video capture capability, and more. The only thing I find concerning is the 5 hour battery life, and the fact it runs a full operating system, meaning it may not have the "instant on" ability the iPad has - an issue for some, not for others.

I'll have to wait until the Slate comes out before I decide which one to buy. They both have advantages, but the Slate certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles that Apple left off of the iPad.

26.4.2010 1:58

Originally posted by greg30127:
Overall the Slate has a strong advantage over the iPad in many areas, like SD and USB slots, TWO cameras, video capture capability, and more. The only thing I find concerning is the 5 hour battery life, and the fact it runs a full operating system, meaning it may not have the "instant on" ability the iPad has - an issue for some, not for others.

I'll have to wait until the Slate comes out before I decide which one to buy. They both have advantages, but the Slate certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles that Apple left off of the iPad.
Yeah I fully agree with you on this one. One of the main reason i like the ipod touch/ipad lol is the instant on ability. It very handy when you just want to look up something really fast and back of. I think that will be the downfall of the slate knowing that really turns me away for it now. I thought they were using a modified version of windows 7. Full version to me equals a netbook not a tablet. Especially in the battery life situation the ipad can last a month on standby alone which is crazy I doubt the battery life will come close.

Guess I will have to wait for the google tablet, news about that really died down.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 06 Apr 2010 @ 1:59

36.4.2010 7:37

I can see the commercial now.
Mac guy , and PC guy are in a quiz type situation. They both power on and Mac guy finds his answer and powers off, while PC guy is left sitting there still waiting for his "anti-virus" to finish loading.
lol......^^;

46.4.2010 10:56

HP Slate looks great to me, but I'm biased. I dislike everything Mac.

56.4.2010 14:14

Originally posted by Ben79:
HP Slate looks great to me, but I'm biased. I dislike everything Mac.
You and me both bro

66.4.2010 16:55

Originally posted by Ben79:
HP Slate looks great to me, but I'm biased. I dislike everything Mac.
Werd! just dont like Gimmicky Mac.

besides if the Slate has a sleep function. it doesn't take a long time to wake up from standby.

so there!

76.4.2010 17:44

i had high hopes for the slate..but the battery life pretty much makes it obsolete as a tablet..
both arent worth customers pissing their direction..
ill just sit face-palm'd and wait for something worth shelling 500$ on..in the end ill just buy an ultraportable laptop..screw touch capabilities!

86.4.2010 17:46

Originally posted by DoomLight:
Originally posted by Ben79:
HP Slate looks great to me, but I'm biased. I dislike everything Mac.
Werd! just dont like Gimmicky Mac.

besides if the Slate has a sleep function. it doesn't take a long time to wake up from standby.

so there!
Look, I'm by no means a Mac or Apple supporter,but I think the point was meant from power up, not from standby. And with the 5Hr. battery life you probably won't have it in standby mode all day without having it tethered to an outlet.
Iv'e always been a PC person, but I am getting an iPad. I think it will be fun and different....^^;

97.4.2010 0:03
Skptk
Unverified new user

Most of the comments were about specs. Is there any comparative about Applications? We have seen the insurgence of Apps and Apple has thousands to choose from. Does the Windows of HP have the Apps equivalent?

107.4.2010 1:37

Originally posted by Skptk:
Most of the comments were about specs. Is there any comparative about Applications? We have seen the insurgence of Apps and Apple has thousands to choose from. Does the Windows of HP have the Apps equivalent?
Dude its running the full windows 7 operating system what apps does it need? Its basically a netbook/laptop so you can just download and use programs that you would generally use on your pc.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 07 Apr 2010 @ 1:38

117.4.2010 9:18

everyone knows apple is just a communist/dictatorship which once you're in, you can't get out. down with the red party.

but i do like quick easy on capabilities of the ipad. ;)

127.4.2010 10:46

Originally posted by faja92:
everyone knows apple is just a communist/dictatorship which once you're in, you can't get out. down with the red party.

but i do like quick easy on capabilities of the ipad. ;)
Off Topic
I was raised in an Apple only house. I got away though!

On Topic
The Win7 OS on the Slate is a plus. I just wonder if you can install 'Nix on it!

137.4.2010 14:46

What are these things for again?

147.4.2010 15:34

i could care less about the hp slate or the ipad. google lenovo ideapad u1 hybrid and see what comes up. that thing is just sexy.

157.4.2010 18:21

Originally posted by Ryoohki:
i could care less about the hp slate or the ipad. google lenovo ideapad u1 hybrid and see what comes up. that thing is just sexy.
knowing lenovo and there ideapad line its safe to assume this will top 900$ at the least, not exactly a budget netbook..

1610.4.2010 14:04

You know that iPads are aimed squarely at the old-ladies market don't you? LOL I'm serious, I saw it on a currant affairs program, they're the ones-that-got-away!

On disliking Macs... I just built this kick-ass gaming PC for a friend's son, it's the envy of all his friends... the little SOB went put an Apple Mac logo on it. It's meant to be some sort of joke... but somehow I don't see the funny side. :/

1714.4.2010 4:01

Originally posted by biglo30:
Originally posted by greg30127:
Overall the Slate has a strong advantage over the iPad in many areas, like SD and USB slots, TWO cameras, video capture capability, and more. The only thing I find concerning is the 5 hour battery life, and the fact it runs a full operating system, meaning it may not have the "instant on" ability the iPad has - an issue for some, not for others.

I'll have to wait until the Slate comes out before I decide which one to buy. They both have advantages, but the Slate certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles that Apple left off of the iPad.
Yeah I fully agree with you on this one. One of the main reason i like the ipod touch/ipad lol is the instant on ability. It very handy when you just want to look up something really fast and back of. I think that will be the downfall of the slate knowing that really turns me away for it now. I thought they were using a modified version of windows 7. Full version to me equals a netbook not a tablet. Especially in the battery life situation the ipad can last a month on standby alone which is crazy I doubt the battery life will come close.

Guess I will have to wait for the google tablet, news about that really died down.
ipad's are build for users only and not for business. mac guys all they can think of is battery like, LOL. 5 hrs for slate is more than long enough me. I bought the ipad first day it came out and sold it in ebay the next week. USELESS device(JUNK). Its not build for professionals but great for users.

Ill wait for slate or google devices. Atleast it will be using windows7 and chrome os.

1814.4.2010 11:26

Originally posted by kfir1:
Originally posted by biglo30:
Originally posted by greg30127:
Overall the Slate has a strong advantage over the iPad in many areas, like SD and USB slots, TWO cameras, video capture capability, and more. The only thing I find concerning is the 5 hour battery life, and the fact it runs a full operating system, meaning it may not have the "instant on" ability the iPad has - an issue for some, not for others.

I'll have to wait until the Slate comes out before I decide which one to buy. They both have advantages, but the Slate certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles that Apple left off of the iPad.
Yeah I fully agree with you on this one. One of the main reason i like the ipod touch/ipad lol is the instant on ability. It very handy when you just want to look up something really fast and back of. I think that will be the downfall of the slate knowing that really turns me away for it now. I thought they were using a modified version of windows 7. Full version to me equals a netbook not a tablet. Especially in the battery life situation the ipad can last a month on standby alone which is crazy I doubt the battery life will come close.

Guess I will have to wait for the google tablet, news about that really died down.
ipad's are build for users only and not for business. mac guys all they can think of is battery like, LOL. 5 hrs for slate is more than long enough me. I bought the ipad first day it came out and sold it in ebay the next week. USELESS device(JUNK). Its not build for professionals but great for users.

Ill wait for slate or google devices. Atleast it will be using windows7 and chrome os.
Well unfornately for you some news leaked the other day stating that the google tablet won't be using the chrome os, it will be using the anddroid os.

1914.4.2010 13:52

I gave up on the Chrome browser when I discovered it kept loading up spyware every time I used it (DoubleClick... do a search on it, Google bought it!).


How does the Slate compare to the Asus EeePC touch screen version? I think it has one of those flip around lids too (not sure).

Our EeePC 1000H gives us immense pleasure. It consistently surprises me... it seems to run more powerfully than it's specs indicate. It boots quick enough, is running XP and Linux (a special Ubuntu version that's compiled for these Atom CPU netbooks- it was nice that it just worked straight up, no need for extra drivers etc.).

What's not to like? The keyboard's lovely. MousePad is good. It has 3 usb and a SD slot, VGA out (I think there are versions with HDMI), N-Wireless (I bought an N-Router because of it). Ok, it's a whole inch thick.

Four of my friends bought one after they tried ours. Friends = mother-in-law, a mate, his mother-in-law and another mate. I don't mean to sound like a commercial but it's true.

I think the iPad is slick, an oversized iPhone really... using the same OS. It really doesn't give me the versatility I want. I couldn't even upgrade it with an SSD. I suppose it has it's place but, then again, I haven't tried the EeePC Touch...

2016.4.2010 0:18
Ajendus
Unverified new user

Originally posted by kfir1:
Originally posted by biglo30:
Originally posted by greg30127:
Overall the Slate has a strong advantage over the iPad in many areas, like SD and USB slots, TWO cameras, video capture capability, and more. The only thing I find concerning is the 5 hour battery life, and the fact it runs a full operating system, meaning it may not have the "instant on" ability the iPad has - an issue for some, not for others.

I'll have to wait until the Slate comes out before I decide which one to buy. They both have advantages, but the Slate certainly seems to have all the bells and whistles that Apple left off of the iPad.
Yeah I fully agree with you on this one. One of the main reason i like the ipod touch/ipad lol is the instant on ability. It very handy when you just want to look up something really fast and back of. I think that will be the downfall of the slate knowing that really turns me away for it now. I thought they were using a modified version of windows 7. Full version to me equals a netbook not a tablet. Especially in the battery life situation the ipad can last a month on standby alone which is crazy I doubt the battery life will come close.

Guess I will have to wait for the google tablet, news about that really died down.
ipad's are build for users only and not for business. mac guys all they can think of is battery like, LOL. 5 hrs for slate is more than long enough me. I bought the ipad first day it came out and sold it in ebay the next week. USELESS device(JUNK). Its not build for professionals but great for users.

Ill wait for slate or google devices. Atleast it will be using windows7 and chrome os.
Interesting. I use mine for business. In fact, I just signed a $250,000 budget for a film using it. Contract, downloads, hours in the office, and two day of travel. That 10hours of battery really was important. I had all my documents, the production's budget, spreadsheets, email, the demo reel, location stills, etc. I'm not sure what more to say but I think it is interesting that people can so easily say how will need it and how they will use it. Hubris I believe is the word for it.

My recommendation is that before defining something, you understand it. I doubt you bought one.

2116.4.2010 5:13

Originally posted by Ajendus:
...I doubt you bought one.
Hey! People in glass houses...


2216.4.2010 5:19
Paula_X
Inactive

who is stupid enough to buy one of these rubbish things? .. same money buys you an awesome netbook.

For Ben.. yes.. HP are open source supporters.. you can install anything you want within reason (obviously a 256 bit unix mainframe core system won't work hehehehe).. they only sell them with winmoron on them because that's what retailers are forced by M$ anticompetition methods to sell.

2316.4.2010 6:22

According to that, the Slate does not even have speakers? I doubt it...probably just another apple fanboy making the report.

That would explain why the graphics are "undisclosed" in spite of the fact that there have already been full tear-downs listing every component...the same would be true of the ram (everyone already knows it has only 256MB, why say "undisclosed", other than to hide the fact that the slate has four times more?)

Oh, and then there the the obvious things, such as multitasking, flash, etc...things that apple could do easily if they did not hate their customers so much...no mention of any of that.

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