HP Slate Tablet Specs: Do The Pro’s Outweigh The Con’s?

By Jamie Pert - Apr 6, 2010

Yesterday we posted an article which confirmed the upcoming HP Slate’s pricing and specifications, and I must say that most of the specifications were pretty impressive.

As the Apple iPad has in some respects set the standard for future tablets the pro’s and con’s will be determined by how the two devices compare, at a glance it looks as if there are more pro’s then there are con’s.

The Intel Atom Menlow Z530 (1.6GHz) processor is a huge pro when compared to the iPad’s 1GHz Apple A4 chip, also the Slate’s ability to playback 1080p HD video is great compared to the iPad’s 720p capabilities.

Other pro’s include the Slate’s wide range of ports, these ports include plenty of memory card formats along with a single USB 2.0 port. Also worth a mention is the VGA webcam, 5 megapixel camera and pen support.

There are however a few con’s, the battery life is not as great as the iPad’s nor is the screen resolution, also the Slate will apparently not feature 802.11n connectivity, but will cost more than the lowest-priced iPad.

Do you think the pro’s outweigh the con’s?

Source: SlashGear

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  • Joseph

    Sorry about the multiple post's, I thought it didn't go through. Did you get my apostrophe joke in the previous sentence?

  • Joseph

    How about some meat on how the Atom is a "huge pro" compared to the A4? Being in the market for a 3G iPad, I'd really like to know how the processors compare. UI differences aside, should I wait for the HP Slate? Of course, really, it isn't just the processor but the supporting electronics. For example, does the Slate use Intel or Nvidia graphics?

    BTW it's cons. Don't justify your mistake with the illiterate half of the Internet.

  • Joseph

    How about some meat on how the Atom is a "huge pro" compared to the A4? Being in the market for a 3G iPad, I'd really like to know how the processors compare. UI differences aside, should I wait for the HP Slate? Of course, really, it isn't just the processor but the supporting electronics. For example, does the Slate use Intel or Nvidia graphics?

    As to the article's cons, well, look at the beginning of this sentence, as that's the way it's written. …Article's. Cons. Its perspective. It's unlikely. What's it about 1980s, or, the '80s… The apostrophe is used on the possessive or for a contraction, with the notable exception of "it." As for your justification based on search statistics, comparing yourself to the whole of the semi-literate Internet is perhaps more telling than the mistake itself.

  • Steve

    You are kidding me right? You don't mention a screen that is a full inch smaller or cheesy 1024×600 netbook resolution as a con for the slate? Yeah, don't pull a muscle with your rigorous reporting.

    I was looking forward to the Slate…and will not buy any tablet that does not run Windows 7…but this isn't the one. Not with those specs…or a FIXED 1GB RAM module.

    BTW, con's with an apostrophe? Great job reporting. You must be proud.

    • Jamie Pert

      So by that are you saying that a tablet with a 32 inch diagonal and a full 1080p resolution would be far superior to the iPad’s display? Screen size preference depends on your needs, just because you like the sound of a larger display it doesn’t mean that every other consumer wants the same.

      Personally I do not think there is enough difference in the two resolutions to list it as a pro or con for either, I will not lose any sleep counting how many pixels are on my display, as long as it is clear and vibrant it is adequate.

      Oh also I’m afraid that your spelling of cons/con’s is in the minority as Google search shows that more people spell cons with an apostrophe, right or wrong I don’t feel to bad knowing that there are over 19 million search results out there similar to my choice of the ‘unacceptable’ use of an apostrophe.

      Results 1 – 10 of about 18,600,000 for pros and cons
      Results 1 – 10 of about 19,300,000 for pro’s and con’s

      Great job commenting you must be proud.

      • Joseph

        My 6 year old daughter can’t figure out when to use an apostrophe, as in, “two bird’s in the bush,” which is of course totally wrong. As as writer, you *should* be upholding a higher standard. If you’re taking comfort in having *half* of Google’s world writing it in your way, the wrong way, consider that *half* the country voted for Bush. Did you consider that a good decision? Comparing yourself to half the garbage online is perhaps more telling than the mistake itself.

        Now, how about some meat on how the Atom is a “huge pro” compared to the A4? I’d really like to know how the processors compare. Of course, really, it isn’t just the processor but the supporting electronics. For example, does the Slate use Intel or Nvidia graphics?

        Really, Steve is correct, this is a useless piece. I expect it serves only to pay the bills for the writer. It’s almost institutional Spam. I mean, it’s taking up space in Google search, and I wasted my time reading it. At least I got to write something, too. But now, taking that stance, I realize that I’m just as bad as the author himself.