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All posts tagged "hp slate"


Monday, October 25, 2010

Slate or iPad: Motorcycle or Bicycle

Posted by Michael Knutson in "HP Slate" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.macworld.com/article/155...ad_hpslate.html

"HP released its Slate 500 tablet this week. Immediately, everyone started comparing it with Apple's iPad. But the two devices have nothing significant in common. They are in entirely different device categories and can even be thought of as opposites."

image credit: uebergizmo / HP

A well-balanced article contrasting HP's new Slate with the iPad. Different tools to get to different end results for very different classes of users. The author describes the Slate as built using technology nearing the end of the line for the WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointing devices) interface, and he thinks that in the future most mobile devices will be built using the new paradigm (as represented by the iPad), and will be predominantly MPG (multitouch, physics, gestures) computers. I do like the motorcycle vs. bicycle vision. But in real life, add an RV to the mix. Today when traveling for business, I pack a "work" laptop (locked-down, no fun stuff), that, with charger weighs say 6-pounds (~2.70 kg) - queue the RV. And quite often also an iPad tags along for down-time. In the near future I'll be able to carry an HP Slate and an iPad, at half the weight, twice the battery life, same amount accomplished - and my back and shoulders will thank me. I'll have the metaphorical motorcycle for work, and the bicycle for fun. And, as the Slate enters the mainstream, I'm sure that "fun" will be available, just as, at some point "work" will sneak onto the iPad. As the old saying goes,"use the right tool for the job."


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HP Lists HP Slate 500 on HP.com

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HP Slate" @ 04:24 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscent..._trademark.html

"HP has listed the one model of the HP Slate 500 on its website. The device includes an 8.9-inch touchscreen and runs on Windows 7 Premium. The device also has two cameras -- one video and one still -- for users to do "web conferencing," according to the listing. The HP Slate 500 is also listed on HP's website as being Energy Star qualified in a document dated July 12. The Energy Star website lists the tablet having a 1.6GHz processor."

Well, well now...and here I thought the HP Slate was dead. Could it be that HP had it so far along in the design process they've decided to ship it after all? Or is this just a database glitch on HP.com, not a real product we'll ever see?

UPDATE: There's a bit of news on this from Laptop Magazine...basically it seems like HP is willing to release this product if the consumer demand is there.


Monday, July 19, 2010

HP Files for "PalmPad" Trademark

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 12:34 PM

http://www.precentral.net/hp-files-...lmpad-trademark

There's not much to say here, beyond the headline: PreCentral is reporting that HP has filed for the trademark on the word PalmPad. Seems like a logical name for a WebOS-based slate device, but I can't help but think that with all the flack that Apple caught for using the term "Pad" in "iPad", HP might picked a better name for it. I suppose they want to leverage the Palm brand name, but "WebSlate" might have been a better combination of Palm's WebOS and the now-terminated HP Slate. I think "slate" is a cooler term than "pad". Where do you weigh in on this?


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