Wired’s Charlie Sorrel writes on CNN today that HP has finally unveiled its Slate table, which, Sorrel reminds us, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer was predicting would be an “iPad killer” way back before the iPad was even released. Sorrel is pretty scathing about the tablet, or the HP Slate 500 Tablet PC to give it its full title, which is Wi-Fi only, with no 3G capability, and includes a Windows license on a slide-out plastic bar.
For the price of $799.00, Sorrel is underwhelmed, saying that despite the USB port, HDMI-out, and front and back cameras, all of which the iPad doesn’t have, the 8.9-inch tablet is basically just a “netbook with the keyboard missing,” and not worth the steep asking price. The one feature that Sorrel seems impressed with is the Wacom digitizer, which enables you to use a stylus to take notes on screen.
Elsewhere, Engadget seems to view the device much more favourably, after their brief hands-on time with it, pointing out that HP is stressing that the Slate 500 is aimed firmly at the business and enterprise market, probably after realising that it didn’t have a hope of being an iPad killer if it tried to take Apple’s device on head-to-head.
Source: CNN, Engadget