HP SLATE steps up to knock the Apple I-Pad out the park!
April 6, 2010
Endgadget has a nifty chart on the differences between the HP Slate rumored to be coming out in June and the Apple I-Pad that just came out. There seems to be a lot of reasons to wait…
As we’d heard, the Slate will run $549 in its base configuration, which has a 8.9-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multitouch display, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530 processor with UMA graphics and an accelerator for 1080p video playback (we’re assuming it’s a Broadcom Crystal HD chip), 32GB of flash storage and 1GB of non-upgradeable RAM. There’s also a $599 version with 64GB of storage, and both models will have a five-hour battery, an SDHC slot, two camera, a USB port, a SIM card slot for the optional 3G modem, and a dock connector for power, audio, and HDMI out.
This on the heels of wildly optimistic reports about the sales of the Ipad. Think again Apple. 1 million units a month? Not once people figure out that they have to deal with AT$T for service and another charge. So, if you have an IPad and an IPhone, (which is functionally just having a smaller IPad, or the IPad is a bigger Iphone/Ipad) you are going to have a giant phone bill, since each of them are separate services on their network that they can charge you for.
iPad sales fall shy of upbeat expectations
By Joseph Menn in San Francisco
Published: April 5 2010 18:52 | Last updated: April 5 2010 23:50
The company said the figure was based on the number of iPads delivered in the US to retailers, customers’ homes and businesses and/or sold directly at its own stores by midnight on Saturday.
Apple iPad’s debut sales point to a more modest initial adoption trend
The figure was in line with consensus estimates before the weekend, though some analysts, notably Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, had forecast double those sales.
Apple limited the release of the iPad to the US market and advance orders to two per customer. The first version of the gadget – seen by many as Apple’s most important new product since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 – only offers Wi-Fi connectivity, rather than a connection to the internet over a mobile network. Nevertheless, the debut day’s unit sales were slightly ahead of those at the 2007 US launch of the highly successful iPhone.
Sales of the iPhone and iPod Touch, which has similar software and functionality to the iPad, have soared since then, with 75m units in circulation as of January.
Many analysts said the iPad would take longer than the iPhone to find its market because the online marketplace for games, media content and reconfigured programs is just getting off the ground. It is also trying to create a new market segment as it is not intended to replace phones or regular PCs. The iPad does not come with a mouse or keyboard and requires finger-touches to function, a new way for most people to interact with software.
Interviews and online postings showed that early customers were happy with the gadgets, which has a starting price of $499.
Apple has told suppliers it wants to sell 1m units a month, according to analyst checks with the supply chain. This figure is twice as high as many analysts on Wall Street are forecasting for the first year.
Of course early consumers are going to be happy with the product, because they are I-zombies, willing to buy anything Apple branded. To quote Jack Nicholson , “Wait until they get a load of me…” Enjoy having to work around not having FLASH or not being able to multitask, just to name a few flaws…