HP Slate Appears in Video Leak
The Hewlett-Packard Slate tablet has been largely forgotten after being canceled and reinstated several times, not to mention overshadowed by the iPad. But this new video shows the HP Slate in action, with Windows 7 running in the background.
The video shows the Slate is pretty responsive, but it's also clear that Windows 7 wasn't designed specifically for tablets . The menu systems are still too small for fingers, and overall it's still not as snappy as Windows 7 running on a PC.
The video also gives the closest look at the design of the HP Slate so far. One thing that's clear is the HP Slate has far more buttons around the outside than the iPad or Android tablets . Windows 7 requires a dedicated button to bring up the onscreen keyboard and another button for the CTRL+ALT+DELETE function (for those Blue Screen of Death moments).
The HP Slate looks quite thick in the video, but it's less than one millimeter thicker than the Apple iPad. The screen is 8.9-inches, which is a little smaller than the iPad's but only by an inch.
Originally, the HP Slate project was canceled because the Slate was reportedly sluggish and the Windows 7 interface was unusable. While the video certainly makes the HP Slate look faster and better than we heard, after a few minutes of use (and struggling to use Internet Explorer in a touchscreen interface) it's clear that Windows 7 really isn't as user friendly as other touchscreen operating systems. That may be why HP's latest statements indicate the Slate will mostly be aimed at businesses , not consumers.