TechCrunch is breaking the news about the death of the yet to be born HP Slate! Apparently HP just figured out that Windows 7 is not a good OS for a tablet… I guess they looked at what a great user experience Apple offer with the iPad and realized that theirs, based on Win7, was doomed even before getting out the door for many reasons….
1. The HP slate would have been too slow even with a faster CPU than the iPad. Reason? Win 7 OS takes too much resources and slow the netbook down too much.
The iPad has a slower CPU that netbooks yet feels many times faster/more responsive. Benchmark will show that the Atom CPU crunches faster than the Apple A4 but guess what… it does not matter because what the user perceive is that if feel slower due to the underlaying Win7 OS weight.
2. Battery life would not have been great either. Netbook are not known to have vely long battery life in their slimmest form factors… unless you go for bulky 6 cells battery. The Atom CPU simply drain the battery too much.
3. Weight. The Slate would have been heavier that the iPad… and the iPad need to loose some weight…
4. Ugly casing… nough said.
At least HP had the intelligence to realize what they where getting into and that they did not stand a chance against the Apple iPad.
I still think that Apple need some good competition… probably coming from Google Android on a tablet I guess. So let hope Google come out with something good in a short time frame.