I love my iPad. I hate my iPad. Was preparing to dump it for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, until it turned out to be a 7”-er now. Size matters, after all (or is it just my eyes?).
So I got momentarily excited reading about the HP Slate 500 but that was a short moment. The new business-focused device is based on Windows 7. Now, as a former victim of Vista I’ll be the first one to admit that Windows 7 is a stable, good operating system. For the PC. It’s just not meant for a tablet. Even if you call it a slate. The proof comes at the 27th second of this engadget video (the best part of which is the leading commercial. The kids are cute)
Yes, you have to touch items from the Start menu. I’m having enough trouble with poorly designed iPad apps that force my fat fingers to select from tiny menus (actually my fingers are not fat at all, those menus don’t belong on the iPad) – I won’t touch (pun intented) a Slate whose primary navigation is menu selections, Windows Style.
But hey, it’s for business – in fact the HP Rep in the TechCrunch video below clearly states it’s a regular computer, just in a different form factor. Yawn.
But, hey, by all means give it a try – will set you back by $799.