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HP Slate vs Apple's iPad

Head-to-head comparison of the two tablets

HP's forthcoming Slate PC looks formidable, but leaked specs show that it falls short of the iPad in some key areas

Connectivity

The specs for the HP Slate show it having 802.11b/g Wi-Fi support, but not the newer and faster 802.11n capability.

The iPad will be able to achieve much faster Wi-Fi networking speeds with an 802.11n connection.

Interface

When I got my first smartphone, I chose a Windows Mobile device because I wanted consistency of experience from the desktop Windows environment I was already used to.

Now that I have an iPhone instead of a Windows Mobile smartphone, one of the things that impressed me about the iPad is that I appreciate the consistency of experience in reverse.

The HP Slate will have a comfort factor due to using the same operating system business professionals are most familiar with, but the iPad is simple and intuitive - just like the iPhone.

Speed

OK, this one is pure speculation.

According to the specs listed, the Slate actually has a faster processor than the iPad in terms of pure clock speed.

The Slate will reportedly use a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, while the iPad uses a 1GHz A4, which is an Apple proprietary processor.

The Apple proprietary part may make all the difference.

In the case of the Slate vs the iPad, the internal working of the processor, and the way it handles instructions and graphics, may be more important than just the clock speed.

I will be interested to see them side by side, but my guess is that Apple's 1GHz will be snappier than Intel's 1.66GHz.

So there you have it. Each tablet is formidable, and each has its pros and cons.

Which device is better for your needs will come down to what you intend to use it for, and simple, subjective, personal preference.

It's hard to argue with the more business-capable features of the Slate such as SD memory card and USB port expandability, and front and rear facing cameras, or even the marginally consumer-oriented features like full 1080p HD playback, and HDMI output.

I have an iPad, and I like it so far, but I am quite anxious to get my hands on an HP Slate in real life and see what it can do.

Regardless of your personal preference, both tablet devices seem quite capable, and the race is on to capture the tablet market.

See also: Slate PCs: fad failure or future form factor?

  1. The leaked specs of the HP device reveal weaknesses
  2. Connectivity, interface and speed

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