Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 20:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, we have the iPad out and about for a while now, doing its thing, most likely selling well. Of course, others want a piece of that pie as well, so we see tablets pop up all over the place, most of which are either ultra-low budget junk or vapourware (how that's Adam coming along, Notion Ink?). Earlier this year, Steve Ballmer proudly held up HP's Windows 7-powered Slate - but then, HP bought Palm, canned the Slate, promised a webOS tablet, and then resurrected the Slate as an enterprise product. Now we have a video of the Windows 7-powered Slate. Let's compare it to Samsung's detailed overview of its Galaxy Tab, and see ever so clearly why HP canned the darn thing in the first place.
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HP Slate minus Web OS = WHY?!?!?
by runjorel on Thu 23rd Sep 2010 21:20 UTC
runjorel
Member since:
2009-02-09

I wholeheartedly agree that Windows 7 just doesn't work as a touch-based OS. As a tablet OS WITH A STYLUS, it's great. But using your finger? Not so much.

I also really like Android. I recently replaced my Palm Pre with a Galaxy S and so far the experience has been wonderful. But sometimes I will pull out the Pre and play with it and I realize...WebOS just rocks. I really wish that platform matured and more/popular apps were developed for Web OS AND it was installed on faster hardware.

Looking at all these tablet OSs, iOS vs Windows 7 vs Android vs WebOS, I believe WebOS is the one mobile OS at the moment that really is the best for a net-connected touch appliance (because HP is not just thinking about tablets in regards to WebOS). WebOS has the better multitasking aspect (hands-down), development is a lot more focused on web-app development than the other platforms(android=java, iOS=obj. c), AND I think the overall user experience on WebOS is just as good, if not better, than iOS or Android.

Regardless, I am still putting all of my eggs(i.e. saving up those funds) in the hope of a WebOS tablet with good hardware, movie streaming capabilities, and all the other good stuff. Honestly, I don't care if it has feature X that is BETTER than the iPad. As long as it's up to Par, I would gladly take WebOS over iPad or Android.

But, if my WebOS tablet dreams never come true...Android tablet, here I come.

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mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

I'm very interested to see what a Pre tablet looks like as well. I think HP certainly made the right move in picking up webOS in order not to end up being just another Android/WinMo7 hardware vendor, and if they can execute it will be good for everyone. Pre/webOS actually has innovative ideas that don't look like a somewhat less polished Apple knock-off. ;)

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

Yes, webOS is (still) a great user experience. I hope HP does well with (and by) it.

I'm quite impressed with the MeeGo tablet user experience, though. I especially like the near-endless vertical area (sort of multi-desktop, but without the borders) with quick scrolling on the right, and the app / document quick-scrolling on the left. This makes great use of wide screens, IMHO.

Of course, the remarkable openness is nice, too. :-)

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