It looksnto me like an updated Samsung Q1 ...... No thanks ......
I'm a windows guy on my desktop, tried Mac, and just not for me. But, for my portables, it's iPhone and iPad. iPad is by far the best. If that makes me a "kool-ade" drinker in your eyes, then you can kiss my raspberry flavor packet.
I left the Window fam because of too many crashes, problems, etc. I find it funny to see so many critiques of the Ipad like it is the 4th run in the product life cycle. It might not be perfect but the UI cant be beat by anyone, not now and certainly not a year from now. This forum is not intended for bashing. As far as kool aide is concerned, I just ordered me some more.
For years, and years, and years the Apple / Mac line has always been the highest rated, more efficient and most preferred of computing platforms - both desktops and laptops - bar none. The problem has been that the units cost a LOT more than the plethora of PC's that are out there. When the netbooks started coming out over the past year - priced at around $500 - they became popular very fast.
Now that Apple is back in the market with a competitively priced item - the PC world should watch out.
Windows = Crashes
Slate = Windows
Therefore, Slate = Crashes
I will not purchase. Please pass me another cup of Apple Kool-Aid while you reboot your OS.
The iPad is not a toy, but it is not a full computer. I see the problem with the Slate as trying to be a full computer on a tablet. The whole idea of the iPad is to simplify the functions a majority of us use a laptop for. And to provide a better experience for us old farts that do not have the fingers and eyesight for a iPod Touch. Five years from now, every function that is done on a laptop may be easily done by a iPad, Ten years from now, we may not need fingers to type, scroll, or press buttons. However, for now, the iPad is the next movement in the advancement of personal computing. And if you think that the iPad is just a toy, then look at the HP Slate and the projected tablets from Microsoft, Google, and many others.
There may be those who do not think that the iPad is a computer, just as many did not think the iPhone or Touch would cut it. But Apple's competition has all but admitted that they have missed the boat on this one too.
No so fast Mr. Moderator...
From someone who has been using 2 (64) Ipad's since the 3rd I think he has some valid points. Battery life is a non issue - as soon as we see multiple threaded environments (IE - allowing full pull email, web sites pulling in the background etc...) our 8 to 10 hours of battery will fall into the 5's IMO. 5 hours on a device like this (Slate/Tablet) is enough to get me across the country on most accounts. I'm not saying that I will put up with less than 8 to 10 hours of battery life but if I must have full computer functionality that will be one of the trade offs.
The primary reason I take one of my Ipad's virtually everywhere I go (and my mifi) is the battery life of the Ipad combined with its form factor.
Right now the IBOOK app is the Killer app and what keeps me coming back to using the Ipad. I'm not in love with browsing on the Ipad - it's form factor is great but I find the glare and small print (unless zoomed) can be tiresome to my eyes.
Ipad = Toy - Sure -- why not. It's one of the most enjoyable Toy's/Gadgets that I have owned in some time. Ipad= Computer -- Not quite but if you are not in need of a computer you get amazing battery life, light weight and so far what appears to be good fit/finish and like another poster mentioned a cohesive experience.
To the OP -
So far the HP looks to be the best of the bunch in terms of spec's - I look forward to checking one out. It sounds like a reasonable thing to do if you already have one Ipad to wait on your 2nd to see what these (lets call them 2nd or 3rd gen Tablet PC's) have to offer.
Originally Posted by gentlefury
[QUOTE=Seadog;11310]The iPad is not a toy, but it is not a full computer. I see the problem with the Slate as trying to be a full computer on a tablet. The whole idea of the iPad is to simplify the functions a majority of us use a laptop for. And to provide a better experience for us old farts that do not have the fingers and eyesight for a iPod Touch.
AMEM BROTHER SEADOG AMEN ..when young people get old they are going to see the reason why us old folks love the big screen Ipod touch or Ipad..
people are right it is one the main reason a lot of people are buying them simple to use basic internet use and not a lot of extras that they do not need..
a simple basic machine to play music a few game and surf the web ..that it and apple has kick the liveing snot of the rest of the computer companys and now they are sitting in the corner crying and complaining that they did not get a chance ..
Who cares whether or not the iPad is a "real" computer. If it works for you, buy it. If the HP works, buy that. I appreciate the fact that the vender's are now building different devices for different people.
It used to be that you could only buy desktops. Then "portables" came a long. By the way, take a look at the first "portable" computer that I used to carry around in the early 90's Compaq Portable - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Then laptops, notebooks, and netbooks, Palm Pilots, iPhones, and now the iPad.
Now we have lots of choices. Microsoft just announced the Kin phones. They look lame to me, but maybe some teenagers will like them. Is that bad? Should we criticize them for choosing them? No. Buy what works for you.
What I think will kill the HP Slate is the lack of apps, or rather, the only apps that will run on it are regular windows apps.
The tablets to watch (besides iPads), are the ones that will run Android. The number of Android apps is increasing very quickly, so a tablet running the Android OS could be as popular as the iPad.
This very much depends on your usage. If you need to carry a computer around then the HP is a no brainer. You will not have to make any compromises regarding access to your business tools. It mimics a traditional OS very well in addition to increasing portability, coolness, and fun.
If you find that you are not in need of a “full” computer, the Ipad is the better deal. With the Ipad you get a few important components of a computer with the following bonuses: great battery, good resale, apps galore, great fit and finish.
1. Business man in a high profile data driven environment not requiring much “artistic” ability gets the HP.
2. Sales person, photographer or anyone else who’s job has an element of art gets the Ipad
3. Anyone that wants a fun gadget gets an Ipad.
Finally no one ever seems to mention this but the Ipad 3g is going to have the best internet access plan on the market (U.S.). If the HP had the same plan I would be in a very hard place.
How can everyone knock the Slate so much when it isn't even close to being released yet. Comparing the iPad to the Slate isn't the same as comparing a Notebook to a MacBook. The Slate runs a full blown OS and the iPad runs a SmartPhone OS. Sure the iPad is a lot slicker but the Slate will be able to do more. Also the Slate runs Windows so it doesn't need an Apps store. The same programs that will run on your desktop will run on your tablet. Hopefully in a few years the iPad will be running OS X as well.
The big question to answer here is: how is the Slate's WiFi?