Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Apr 2010 22:36 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Engadget has managed to get hold of a very interesting internal presentation slide from Hewlett-Packard which compares Apple's iPad to HP's very own Slate. Since we didn't yet know anything about the Slate's specifications, this one is pretty revealing. While that's interesting in and of itself, the slide is also interesting in that it illustrates so well what sets Apple apart from companies like HP.
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Exactly, this is what I thought when reading this from minute 1.

Problem is that Microsoft can't do anything drastic without threatening it's wide spread adoption and the very same is the reason why the slate won't make a huge impact on the market in its current incarnation.

What HP (and other similar PC vendors) needs is balls to make some drastic choices in order to bring a User Experience which boils down to more than a faster CPU. Maemo would definitely be such a choice (Or Meego if you like, it's all the same to me). These are lightweight, competent and consistent. Not to mention that at least from my perspective (and I'm certain from many others as well) it owns iPhoneOS any day of the week.

Now a completely different approach would be to go for Android, but for any slate a real webbrowser is obviously a necessity and here is where Maemo is the real thing. And the other real opp is to run for ChromeOS (is it called that?)

Obviously I can see how HP won't be walking down any of these routes as it might damage their relationship with Microsoft.

Now to finalize this, I'm really not a big fan of the tablet concept today, I'm far to dependent on a real keyboard but as a 6th computer I might have one.

Edited 2010-04-06 05:03 UTC

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