HP bought Palm...WebOS maybe and some different hardware. What I read today was that the Slate was to power hungry with it's hardware needed for W7. Hopefully they still come out sometime. I would love to have a tablet but will never use any Apple products again.
I think eula has hit the nail on the head. Think about the economics of inkjet printers. The money isn't in the printer, it's in the consumables, ie. apps for the tablet in this case. Win 7 would mean HP has to make money on the hardware which would price it out of competition against the iPad based on the headline price, but people forget that the cost of ownership is not just the initial purchase price + every app is different from your desktop/laptop experience.
Users don't want complexity, they want to get a job done. They don't want 4hr battery life, they want a day of usage. They want instant on. Windows has held out because of the number of applications, but for a lot of people the applications are too complex and they can get easy to use ones on an iPhone/iPad or WebOS tablet.
All great news for ARM. Heading to the end of an era for Intel & Microsoft. Microsoft achieved the level of a PC on every desk, but future volume will not be on a desk.
The Atom is just too slow, expensive and power hungry. Look at netbooks, they are so slow it's pathetic. Jobs is right saying netbooks are not the best at anything. And Microsoft needs to come up with something better if they want a piece of the market. Windows 7 is awesome, but it is simply not acceptable to have antivirus software eating 90% of my cpu on a tablet. The app store business model ensures this doesn't happen with Apple mobile devices. People complaining about why they can't run full blown autocad on an ipad are just not being realistic. Thankfully a minority who has no weight on the actual market.
Those tablets you want will come eventually but the real money is in the consumer market.
For general users is absolutely true they don't want and need a full OS but a mobile one with beautiful graphics, full of readymade apps, and an app store. And in fact I want a consumer device with its advantages and limitations. I don't want another underpowered full PC no matter how light it is. Whenever the tablets get "powerful enough" then I may change my mind.
Bad news for me with HP, I had an eye on their tablet. With this Palm acquisition it may get more complicated, but they should know better. This will push their tablet a year away and maybe more but they better do it right and quite possibly a tablet option for power users and more corporate oriented.
Right now the iPad becomes my first option but I am not even convinced I need or want a tablet as they are right now. This is not a priority for me at all so I am going to wait at least to the end of the year and see how it goes.
To those Apple haters and defended their beloved Slate, do you have anything else to say? iPad is the best mobile platform PERIOD. How embarrassing for HP. Did I hear the "full web" or "iPad Killer"? Why don't you Apple haters stick with your crappy netbooks? You are not worthy to have an iPad.
I have an idea that this is only because they are aquiring Palm, and they are going to ditch the Windows 7 for some Palm related Touch device. I for one, would much rather see a Windows 7 device, but I can see why they would ditch paying Microsoft money for the OS when they can use one that they developed in house. (Well they didn't develop it, but since they are buying Palm, why not just say they did, LOL!) Plus, they Palm touch device may be a better device anyway, and maybe they can roll those cost savings to the customer. I am betting that this is why they are not getting rid of the Android device, because they don't have to pay Google anything for the OS... Anyone think this may be true?
[citation][nom]jecastej[/nom]Those tablets you want will come eventually but the real money is in the consumer market..[/citation]
Well... those tablets have been here for years and they do work well w/ Full OS.... as long as you are willing to spend $1.5k-$4k to get one.
Regarding to HP's move. Smart! As long as the slate's CPU is still Atom or ARM, I will always prefer Android Slate way over Win7 slate. Even Win mobile 7 and WebOS will perform much better than full Win7.
It seems like I stole this from Toms, but I swear that wasn't the intention. I actually hadn't refreshed my browser, so I never saw this article until after I commented above under 1BRASS1. Here is the article where Toms is saying pretty much what I eluded to above:
[citation][nom]notty22[/nom]Where as Apple can eat the cost of its o/s, for its own slate.[/citation]
Apple eating cost? That one is funny.
As for the tablet PC, it seems like the closest anyone is going to get is using one of Lenovo's hybrid models. But it makes sense, I can't really see using Windows for any productivity without a keyboard.