i just have a brand new HP Slate 2 tablet on my desk for demo purposes and if it's HP’s understanding of tablet experience, then it’s a FAIL on a whole new level. The axed-doomed touchpad was miles ahead.
First, the hardware:
* screen is miserable. Viewing angles are poor, contrast is non-existent, there’s a silk effect on a glossy screen (I thought it's IPS only issue for matte screens), colors are very dull, it’s like shades of grey. My mobile phone screen (and it’s not fancy samoled or ips or anything, just standard lcd from motorola) is miles ahead.
* it’s smaller (width by height) than any today’s full size tablet (ipad, transformers, 10’ galaxy tabs); yet it’s a lot bulkier (depth about 16mm) and weighs more.
* comes with a power adapter and a power cord (EU) which weighs more than the tablet itselt. Come on, HP, this is ridiculous. It’s not a coffee machine or an iron, it’s ultraportable device which consumes less than 20 watts. Give us a proper size, make a slim power brick (dell does it with 12 inch latitudes) or equip a smaller plug cable (fujitsu provides ones). It’ll never fit any skin-type bag. Carry a full size laptop bag just because of a large power brick and a cord?
* now the worst: it comes with with a w7 pro preloaded. w7 and touch basically requires a stylus operation on a small screen (i’ve used windows tablets in the past, like x60 tablet for a 3 years). the fonts and the links are so small that 8.9 screen is useless for fingers. special apps maybe, but not the system itself. In my office, i can plug a USB mouse or keyboard, but the stylus is essential for the touch mode on the move. BUT, there is NO way to attach the stylus to the body (there’s not a hole or clip for it), there’s a 0,5m long cord to tie to, but where? Leave it hanging? how lame is that? Now, nice thing that is comes with a decent leather booklet skin and this has a pocket to put a stylus in, fine, but it’s is not usable when this booklet is in desk-standing mode and moreover, you cant charge it in desk mode or with a booklet closed. ROFLMAO ergonomy.
*they provide a dock, but it has a shoddy build quality. the usb ports are facing slightly down and any usb plug longer than 5cm (maybe a USB thumb drive or card reader) can be plugged in or out only with rising a dock.
* as a business oriented device, it may be used with external screen throuhg a hdmi port. nice, yet, non of the current hp-compaq business class monitors carry a hdmi port. They put a displayport on elitebook laptops nowadays (i have a 8440p and a decent hp la2306x screen) and yet this business-oriented device comes with a hdmi port. displayport it not bigger than hdmi.
*touch responsivness is worse than a donkey year old. it’s worse than my t60 tablet from year 2007. you just never feel when you pressed something.
it comes with a fully fledged Windows 7 Pro, which is nice. yes it’s like a slow-mo on a poor atom z670 and multi-tasking is a chore, but i understand as this is netbook class product. W7 is next to useless for a small screen touch operation. it’s just no good. i struggled on my 12inch lenovo tablet and this is even worse. forget meeting memos, it’s like writing to a post-it paper at best. a couple of lines maybe. i wanted to „up“ the UI experience with a custom tablet user interface, i found a couple which emulates upcoming METRO UI. This requires aeroglass and 3d perfomance and this atom just struggles. idle perfomance was 25-30% CPU usage. The battery will never last more than 2-3 hours on this.
I have a developer edition of a windows 8 that i tried and this was a killer-blow. nothing worked normally (i dont count hardware or drivers as they might be not available), opening control panel tab took more than 3 seconds just to go there + rendering icons. And, they could talk about UI whatever they like, main things (browsing files, control panel, connection switching) is still like old ways and requires a stylus. okay, maybe they do something different in a years time for final version, but as of today, as a tablet device and w8, it’s looking grim.
It is a hopless device. On a transformer TF101 i can at least do things well, like browse and listen music and it’s convenient. Heck, my under 2 year old kid learned how to play, browse, scroll and change downloaded videos on an iPAD i had for a couple of weeks. this hp slate is not a tablet, it’s a CRIPPLED KEYBOARDLESS NETBOOK that somehow has a touch screen fitted to. How bad is the idea of A crippled netbook? what next?