Apple iPad vs HP Slate
Apr
11

Apple iPad vs HP Slate

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Slate PC has evolved as the result of the laptops and smartphones trying to narrow the gap that separates them. Apple and Microsoft have also joined the gang of makers to marketed these midsize devices which have the full functionality of the regular PC.

It remains to be seen that between the HP Slate by Microsoft and Apples iPad which device would hold the market in its grip. As it is, the year 2010 has been marked as the year of these two devices.

The iPad was launched with a precursor in the form of the iPod and iPhone. This gave the iPad a brand image even as it was launched. The HP Slate though has no such pre launch platform yet is a strong contender given its additional features. A few of the distinctive features are as enumerated.

Operating System
iPad run the iPhone OS which is based on the Mac OS X operating system while HP slate uses the Windows OS. It is well known that Microsoft has launched its Windows 7 OS with superb touch features and a fantastic processing speed.

Processor
iPad is based on an A4 chipset which has support for detailed graphics as well as motion as in animation. Along with the 1GHz A4 processor the apple walks way ahead as far as graphical features go as compared to the HP slate which is based on an Intel Atom Core 2 processor.

Display
In the display section HP Slate with its 10 inch screen display goes ahead of the iPad which has a 9.7 inch capacitive display, even though both screens support touch screen operations.

Flash Content Support
Providing Adobe Flash file format support in its Slate, HP has been able to go a notch higher than the iPad as far as multimedia capabilities go.

Webcam Camera
The Slate also supports video chatting for which it has an inbuilt Webcam or Video Camera. Once again iPad lacks this feature.

Keyboard
It is virtual keyboards that both the iPad and HP slate comprises of. The iPad though has provisioned for a keyboard dock. This optional attachment allows for the standard PC keyboard to be connected to the gadget and worked upon.

e-book
e-books are the latest craze that has caught the generation and is one reason for them to go for these mini gadgets. While the HP slate is compatible with a wide variety of e-book format including the Amazon Kindle readable format, the iPad too has the Kindle and the Nook e-reader app on its side along with many more with which it is compatible. This apart from Apple’s own iBooks store which has a format customized for reading with an iPad.

Multitasking
One can listen to music while working on some other application on the HP Slate. This and many other such multitasking features take the Slate a step ahead of the iPad which does not have this feature.

Connector
HP Slate also has the standard 2.0 USB Port which makes room for expansion of the gadgets utility. This is missing in the iPad.

Others
Coming to the browser support, the iPad has support for only the Safari browser whereas HP Slate supports several other browsers. There are yet some features that HP has not declared which would warrant comparison with the iPad. Like the memory capacity which for the iPad is 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. Also the battery life is to be checked for the Slate against the iPads 10 hours life between full charges. However, reports in some quarters suggest that the Slate is likely to have a battery backup of only 5 hours. So if that is true, then the iPad wins here comprehensively.

And then, price
As per the latest news coming in, HP Slate is estimated to cost around $546 while iPad prices starts at $499 for the base 16GB model and which goes up to $599 and $699 for the 32GB and 64GB models. Also, the HP Slate is likely to be available from June onwards by which time, Apple may well have sold close to half a million iPads. So there’s one advantage that Apple has and which HP can’t beat, that of starting early.

You will have more such stories from Tablets and Slates to the latest e-reader news at our Good E-Reader Blog.

Also, the HP’s Slate as well as the Ipad will be dealt with in more details in the coming issue of the Good E-Reader Magazine.

Sovan Mandal (2780 Posts)

is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email


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  • Mike jones

    Some things do happen in parallel on the iPad. I listen to music and receive IM notifications and get beeps when mail arrives while using another app. I think this is because the push feature is built into The OS. So far the lack of multitasking is not causing any heart aches.

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

    It looks like at least the new version of the IPHONE OS will allow for multi-tasking between core apple applications, I wonder if the IPAD will get this OS upgrade as well.

  • HEH

    HP SLATE IS WAYYY BETTER!

  • mcdave

    Amazing! Almost every subject is factually incorrect! iPad runs iPhoneOS which is built for touch, only touch & already has 185,000 touch applications with 3,500 of them using the full iPad screen. Windows 7 is a desktop OS with touch bolted on, negligible touch apps, no real apps or media ecosystem – also it's only fast compared to other releases of Windows not compared to iPhoneOS or MacOSX.

    No, Flash does not provide the best or prolific quality media eco-system, that accolade goes to Apple's iTunes. Also NetFlix, YouTube & others are available for the iPad – no flash=no problem & longer battery life!

    The iPad does support Kindle books via the Kindle App & other ePub books, iBooks is Apple's native eBook App but Windows7 doesn't have a native eBook app.

    People need to stop reading specs and imagining what the products could be like and start actually using them. Compare the reviews from people who've actually used the iPad and the only available Windows7 tablet – the Archos 9 (oh dear!)

    McD

  • Mason

    No contest… Apple iPad…

    *Unless* HP has an OS for the slate that's not some dinky add-on to Windows… It'll fail if they take the same approach to the slate as they have past touchsmart devices.

  • mcdave

    Amazing! Almost every subject is factually incorrect! iPad runs iPhoneOS which is built for touch, only touch & already has 185,000 touch applications with 3,500 of them using the full iPad screen. Windows 7 is a desktop OS with touch bolted on, negligible touch apps, no real apps or media ecosystem – also it's only fast compared to other releases of Windows not compared to iPhoneOS or MacOSX.

    No, Flash does not provide the best or prolific quality media eco-system, that accolade goes to Apple's iTunes. Also NetFlix, YouTube & others are available for the iPad – no flash=no problem & longer battery life!

    The iPad does support Kindle books via the Kindle App & other ePub books, iBooks is Apple's native eBook App but Windows7 doesn't have a native eBook app.

    People need to stop reading specs and imagining what the products could be like and start actually using them. Compare the reviews from people who've actually used the iPad and the only available Windows7 tablet – the Archos 9 (oh dear!)

    McD

  • Mason

    No contest… Apple iPad…

    *Unless* HP has an OS for the slate that's not some dinky add-on to Windows… It'll fail if they take the same approach to the slate as they have past touchsmart devices.

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  • makingfunofyou

    Jesus, this is a crazy fanboy response. Yes, Win 7 does have a native ebook program, Microsoft Reader. Did you really just compare Flash to iTunes. /shakes head.

  • mcdave

    You're right, like the rest of the World, I'd forgotten about Reader & with 60,000 books after 10 years I guess MS has too! Maybe they see it as a 'hobby'.

    You're right again, I must have been dreaming when comparing iTunes with Flash. iTunes is the most prolific online media store offering real content in a modern format, Flash is an ad viewer sometimes the ads are interrupted by TV/Movie content.

  • http://transferpod.com/ Ipod_to_Itunes

    I think this will be the Ipad killer. This just proves that although Apple holds dominance in the Mp3's and Smartphones market, Microsoft is still the company to beat when it comes to computers. Just my opinion though.

  • captainconfuzzled

    If you really think Flash is an ad viewer then you've been sucking at the teet of Jobs for far too long. He is right. Flash gives people access to far more content than iTunes. iTunes is a friggen storefront. Flash (for a majority of the world) is a content viewer. They aren't the same.

    Just stop. You were also wrong about a native ereader. I can also put anything I want into that format. It doesn't matter how many books exist. The reader does exist and you were wrong. Suck it up and deal with it.

  • mcdave

    Sorry but most Flash content is either advertisement or ad-subsidised media & most Flash-based media 'services' are unavailable outside of the US. 'The majority of the world' doesn't have access to these, at best, hobbyist 'services' and iTunes is the largest, global online media store bar none – tell me what revenues were these Flash-based services posting last quarter?

    The vast majority of video-viewing hours are still via MPEG2 and increasingly MPEG4/AVC (H.264) for hi-def broadcast (or hi-def anything) a format of which iTunes adopted early.

    So no, Flash is just geeky rubbish for geeky people – not 'The majority of the world'. Real media businesses are not based on Flash but Flash does help with their advertising.

    McD

  • captainconfuzzled

    Huh? There are plenty of international services. Hobbyist services like, Youtube, Hulu, Grooveshark, ping.fm, etc, etc, etc? Keep telling yourself that.

    Revenues matter only to Crapple and their shareholders. Frankly, these other services obviously have a different business model (ad revenue).

    Many videos can be streamed in HD, so I don't know what you're talking about. If you want to keep telling yourself that Flash isn't ubiquitous, please continue, but you're on crack. And, if you think that “real media businesses” aren't based on Flash, keep telling that to Hulu, network websites supplying content, many music services (Slacker Radio, Pandora, Ping.fm, etc), and many video sharing sites. All use Flash and 95% plus of the world's PCs have Flash player installed. I guess 95% of the world is “geeky.”

    I know you're a giant fanboi, but even fanbois needs actual facts to back up their asinine statements.

  • mcdave

    Exactly, hobbyist.

    Revenues indicated how much people are prepared to pay for real media services as opposed to the anecdotal 'popularity' of web-base media services. A bit old but here's a link which pretty much spells out the reality behind the figures especially the last two bullet points. http://www.worldtvpc.com/blog/hulu-and-youtube-… Average video length? 3.8 minutes. Average watching time for Hulu? 1.5 hours/month – a little brief for a real TV service.

    But the really good news? While the default YouTube, Hulu Plus & other viewers may use Flash they're not exclusively Flash i.e. Flash isn't actually required for any real media service. What a relief!

    Besides all that, how's your Slate working out for you? How is the headline doing?

  • makingfunofyou

    Are you kidding with these comments? Youtube, Hulu, Pandora, Grooveshark are “hobbyist?”

    I understand you're trying to win an argument, but doing so with asinine points is silly. You're assuming that there is only one business model, which is a flawed assumption. And yes, many of those sites are exclusively Flash as there is no way to currently protect the content from download in HTML5.

    Look, you are obviously a gain Apple Fanboi, as I've seen your comments elsewhere, but ffs, at least something more than a near year old article. I'd question the Hulu numbers as they make no sense. 15 videos average watched with only an hour and 32 mins of time??? Hulu streams TV shows, primarily. Those numbers don't add up. At this time, Flash is required for any media service that doesn't require you to download software that spreads like a cancer to your system (iTunes, Real Media Player, etc).

  • mcdave

    I'm not saying there's only one business model, I'm just stating the fact that only one works. Don't get me wrong it's really, really great that hobbyist offerings such as Hulu managed to secure $100m in revenues last year but with two of several major players in the real media world (Vivendi) posting $27bn & Newscorp on similar figures in the same timeframe I think you'd better get a grip on reality. But it's my comments which are asinine right?

    The geekTV figures may need adjusting because I'm sure each ad & trailer are classed as a separate 'stream' thus fueling the BS. Shame the viewing hours tell all.

    As for Flash dependency I'm sure the smaller players (with their 0.001% media market share) – are dependent on the OS bypassing trojan. Of course if you knew what you were talking about you'd know that long before talk of HTML5 Apple devices have had access to the H.264 mirror of YouTube content as Google catch up with the post-Flash future of media. A quick trip to the iApp Store shows the Hulu Plus player – devoid of Flash. Speaking of iTunes it's still a baby in the real media world but at a current annual equiv of $4.4bn it's streets ahead of any recently-flash-jailbroken services.

    As for being an “Apple fanboi” I don't really have a choice – if I want something that actually works.

  • captainconfuzzled

    The other guy took care of it, not much for me to add other than I agree, based on your commenting all you want to do is try to win an argument regardless of what you have to do.

  • captainconfuzzled

    You can't state that only one model works for a fact. What the hell are you talking about? So ad models don't work? Tell that to Google.

    Your comments are asinine as usual. He was right. Just because they aren't making what Newscorp or Crapple or MS are making they are “hobbyist?” We're also talking about a 2 year old company, so yes, your asinine comparison of a 2 year old company to Newscorp is asinine.

    Shame you're using near year old figures too, shoot.

    Of course Apple has used H.264 codecs, they partially own them (along with MS) and get royalties on their usage. They also have their super cool Flash competitor, Quicktime. Please stop talking about things like you actually understand what you're talking about. The devices aren't HTML5, it's Safari you monkey. It's the browser, and from all tests I've seen on ipads and on other devices, HTML5 has a ways to go before it performs as well as Flash.
    http://vimeo.com/10553088

    Yes, I know about Hulu plus player, I wonder why they have to have an App for it on Crapple idevices…hmmm, why would that be? Oh right, Steve Jobs doesn't want Flash on his idevices because then he'd lose ad revenues and sales revenues via itunes for the same content people could get for free from those “hobbyist” websites.

    Ah yes, you finally fall back to the ultimate fanboi response. “I have to use Apple stuff because it just works.” You realize that none of these other manufacturers would be in business if their stuff didn't “work.” But then I guess all other computer companies are probably “hobbyist” too.

  • makingfunofyou

    Captain Confuzzled nailed it.

  • mcdave

    Googles Ad model works to do just that – sell ads but I thought we were talking about content delivery so now you're just trying to take the discussion off topic. Sorry if the reality of revenues & viewing hours dare to refute your misconception that Flash is some how a dominant player in media delivery but they're just the facts. And yes, when quoting annual figures it's handy if the cover the whole year.

    I apologise for omitting the 'on' in HTML5 on Apple devices, of course it's HTML5 on Mobile Safari (which only runs on Apple devices). The point is, the presence of Apps simply outlines that Flash isn't actually required even for the services you highlight except for access through a web browser. Most people still don't watch TV through a web browser.

    No, Apple & MS aren't on the take for H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10/AVC), MS actually has/had a competing technology (VC-1) which lost against H.264 as the preferred codec for Blu-ray. Apple's Quicktime file format was used as the basis for the .MP4 file container but that's where it ends. Apple, along with all the major media players, decided to use the Industry Standards Organisation MPEG-4 for their HD media delivery as opposed to a proprietary, locked-in technology like Flash which puts everyone under Adobe's control. Funnily enough Steve Jobs didn't want his customers' experiences controlled by Adobe, that would make Apple look bad.

    But we are talking at crossed purposes. I'm talking about real TV & real media that's good enough for people to spend good money on and you're argument seems to consist of conveniently mixed up figures between YouTube (where you can watch 100,000 different cats next door falling of a skateboard) and fledgeling real content streaming services (that don't even need Flash) for their minority of TV viewers.

    Oh & thanks for JavaScript figures on Android 2.2 it's a shame most Android users can't use it as that product group fr..ag.men…ts (openness is a great concept but that's all it is) I'll bet the sales guys forgot to mention that as credit cards were being swiped! – suckers! Of course real platforms have real apps but I guess it makes sense for Android to stick with the past.

  • captainconfuzzled

    Again, you try to twist what I'm saying. You're the one who brought up revenues and business models. I countered something you brought up.

    Flash is the dominant media player. It's on 96% of computers, deal with it. iTunes isn't a media player nor content delivery. Even videos purchased on iTunes require Quicktime player to view.

    Of course Mobile Safari only runs on Crapple devices. Why would anyone else want it? Further, Apple doesn't want to compete against real browsers on other devices.

    And yes they still get royalties.

    Steve Jobs wants his customers experience controlled by him. I know why he doesn't like Adobe. I don't need a fanboi telling me why. It has nothing to do with “apple looking bad.” It has everything to do with content control. If Flash were available on idevices, people could get all that free content that is available via Flash and then they wouldn't have to purchase it via iTunes. iTunes is a media and revenue control platform.

    I'm also talking about real media and TV. Hulu, network websites, grooveshark (for music), etc, all without having to have an app. The reason Apple likes apps more than browser based delivery is that they can control the advertising (iAds) via apps. They can't via the browser.

    Fragmentation doesn't affect Javascript, what the hell are you talking about. Fragmentation has actually decreased in the past 2 months. There are 2 dominant versions now. What are you talking about real apps?

    Last thing, I love that you think that Quicktime isn't proprietary and locked in putting people under Apple's controls. Enjoy your little walled garden, fantasy land.

  • Spyflag

    @mcdave:disqus Okay even thou this is 10 months old, i couldnt help to be baffled at your level of ignorance and loyalty toward apple. Excuse me? Flash content is for hobbyists? not available outside the US? now tell me so sites like Youtube and Grooveshark are only available at US? Hey i live in a third-world country and here everybody uses flash like everyday basis and little bastards like you who want to think they are elite use iTunes and apple shit without Flash… Mind you i use Adblockr and block ads (flash) and yet there is not one day i browse the web and dont handle flash, which oh… proves that there is content on the web delivered as flash content and that is not actually AD!! WOW oh my fucking god! “itunes is the largest, global online media store bar none ” blah blah, so the measuring stick to say if some software is good is what? the revenues worldwide? seriously??? OH maybe sites like youtube and grooveshark arent so fucking hungry to steal peoples money like apple! so they give services FOR FREE! oh there u go they dont make large revenues because of that… Oh and the drop that filled the cup: “flash is just geeky rubbish for geeky people” SERIOUSLY? the VAST majority of people who use flash everyday are not GEEK people, i mean geek people are not even interested. Where is your head at? Flying HIGH on apple weed? Land on earth. Apple’s only big on USA. and USA is not the world… only on your little apple-weed single-minded brain!

  • http://www.justmobilephone.com RedSnow Hassan

    iPhone is having no match , iPhone is far better than the HP Slate , those who are giving votes to HP, i can bet that they never had used the iphone ……….. M Vote for iphone

  • Anonymous

    There are many different between iPad and HP slate. Both have different OS, Battery and processors. This is really good information about iPad and HP slate.

  • Anonymous

    Ofcourse the HP Slate is better now, chances are designed to be better than the iPad. I mean the iPhone was first announced so I knew that would not have a camera and all of that crap so that’s what I would purposely try to put only the things that beat the iPad.

  • Anonymous

    It’s so bitter sweet, I tell you. What is happening to the IPAD is built on an operating system made by the touch input. The HP board is Windows 7. Now, while Windows 7 has the ability to play, it’s still a bit awkward when maneuvering around the operating system with your fingers. However, perhaps HP has something up his sleeve for this device as a skin or application that rests on top of Windows 7 that makes touch-based input of more than a pleasant experience. We’ll have to see. 

  • Anonymous

    HP has always been to make a new mobile phone and notebook computer models. Any products they offer are always new features. Thanks for this information.