HP Slate vs. Apple iPad: Which is better?

It looks like the iPad has a new contender in town as HP bring you the HP Slate with higher demands, the first question that sprung into my mind is which is the better device? Apple has marketed the iPad very well with massive sales worldwide but can HP do the same with the Slate?

The competition is heating up as more and more different tablet pc models are being released, Apple are already dominating the market but is there any other brand or model that can compete? Personally, I don’t think so, as soon as Apple feels that they are starting to lose out to other competitors they will release another product, perhaps an iPad 2 or something like that.

So onto the HP Slate, there is demand for around 9,000 of them which has already exceeded the expectations of 5,000 that they had planned for originally, this is minuscule if you compare it to the iPad but if the 9,000 HP Slates prove to be good enough then surely there will need to be more made!

Is Steve Jobs worried about other competitors? I don’t think so, already with the success of pretty much every Apple product, Steve has said because other manufacturers are only using 7” screens that they lack the scale of economy driven by the iPad and that tablet users already have a Smartphone so need something different. Steve Jobs believes that the 7” screens are too big to be a Smartphone but too small to be a tablet. I say doesn’t that make it unique? I know I would use a tablet pc whether it had a 7” screen or a 10” screen.

Does the screen size matter to you? Are you losing faith in Apple products since the recent delay to the iOS 4.2 and would that make you switch to another brand?

Head across to Daniel Eran Dilger’s article over at Apple Insider but be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think.

  • Anonymous

    To lose faith in apple just because of a small delay in the release of iOS 4.2 you would have to have almost no faith in the first place.

  • Guest

    iPad haters, here is your straw.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this article was supposed to compare the Slate to the iPad…am I missing something here?

  • Synth

    This thing has already flopped. See this:
    http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/13/hp-slate-500-s

  • coolio

    Nook Color is better for reading than iPad and better for everything else than Kindle. Nook Color is better for $249. Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad thanks to new LG screen with anti-reflection coating. It allows to watch videos, listen to the music, view Office documents and PDF's. Barnes & Noble special Nook SDK runs on top of the standard Android one and gives developers access to exclusive extensions and APIs for the Nook and its interface. So porting Android apps is not difficult. B&N says it is more like optimising them for Nook than porting them. If you prefer e-Ink screen, the original Nook is still available from BN.
    Nook Color specs:
    – $249 with free shipping
    – 7 inch Color LG Touchscreen 16 million colors with anti-glare coating 1024 x 600 delivering 169 pixels per inch.
    – 8GB built in memory expandable to 32 GB with microSD card.
    – Formats supported: EPUB, PDF, XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4.
    – Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB port
    – OS: Android 2.1
    – Processor: TI 800 Mhz ARM Cortex A8-based, 45nm OMAP3621

  • Guest

    a moron posted
    ". . recent delay to the iOS 4.2 "

    What planet are you from?
    Months ago Apple announced that iOS 4.2 would be released in November.
    My calendar says today is 15 November

  • robinson

    Glad someone from Barnes & Noble (or a devotee) decided to use the blog for free advertising! :-)

  • smythe

    Excuse me! I just went to the B & N site and this product isn't even out yet!

    "better for reading than iPad" but it's not out yet

    Your next sentence gave it away

    "Nook Color screen is supposed to be better (less reflective) for reading than iPad'

    *supposed* to be better!!

    In looking at the video about the product, I see two issues–the odd very vertical and narrow horizontal format of it (distracting like a hall of mirrors!)–and the metal edge (poor aesthetics)