If you’re a PC person and you’ve been thinking about making the switch to Apple because you just can’t resist those neat little iPads, wait! Hewlett Packard is coming out with its own version of the tablet computer, called the “Slate.” Last week, the computer maker released some details about the new computer. The Slate’s screen is going to be smaller and have a lower resolution than the iPad but it has more features – from cameras to Adobe Flash Support.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer first mentioned the device at the January Consumer Electronics Show, but of course the constant talk of Apple’s iPad drowned out any hype of what could become the device’s biggest competitor. But how does it stack up against it?
For starters, the Slate features two cameras, the iPad does not. One works for things such as video conferencing and the other is a high-resolution, three megapixel camera for taking pictures. There’s also the SD card reader that holds up to 128GB, a USB 2.0 port (iPad dosn’t offer this), audio and HDMI out. And the slate runs on a 1.6 GHz Atom microprocessor compared to the one-GHz A4 on the iPad.
On the downside, the Slate’s screen is smaller – 8.9 inches compared to the iPad’s 9.7 inches – and the screen resolution is higher: 1024×600 to the iPad’s 1024×768. However, the Slate can run higher-def videos 1080p (iPad only goes up to 720p).
The Slate will run an HP-developed touchscreen interface and Windows 7 Home Premium compared to the iPad, which runs the iPhone operating system. But many industry insiders are saying that the real appeal of the iPad isn’t the device itself, but instead, the number of apps you can buy from Apple’s app store (over 150,000) and with Apple’s new deals in the publishing world, you can now or soon read a number magazines, best-selling books, and comics on the the device.
There’s no word as to when the Slate will be released, but it looks like the 32GB model (with Wi-Fi) will sell for about $550 and the 64GB model (also with Wi-Fi) will sell for about $599. The entry-level iPad, which is 16GB (with Wi-Fi) sells for about $499. The 32GB model sells for $599 and the 64GB model sells for $699.
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