Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
I think HP released this tablet because:
1) It made a commitment to MS
2) It needs to maintain a good relationship with MS for the HP line of computers that use Windows
I believe that HP will also release a WebOS Tablet that is amed at the same audience as the iPad.
Good points here. Also, if the Slate were built on the WebOS, then any software venders would have to rejigger their software to work, which would delay the release of the Slate further, so it's not HP's fault alone. I think they're worried about Apple's success catching the attention of business and enterprise, so they're trying to nip that in the bud.
A bit of ammo for the HP Slate sales reps:
USB portso if you need a keyboard, you can plug one in!
SD card slot for expandable memory and downloading photos & video.
Runs Windows 7Businesses are resistant to change, because change requires training and additional overhead. They'd much rather stick with what they're familiar with. "Everything that works on your Windows 7 desktop at work or at home will work on the Slate."
The user-facing camera would be useful for video conferencing.
But there are some features of the Slate that leave me scratching my head:
16:9 aspect ratio? Businesses don't really have a need for that.
Rear-facing camera w/ flash seems more like a consumer feature to me.
But most significantly, as has been pointed out by other posters here, the Slate is essentially a keyboardless netbookat twice the price.
I think you're right that the WebOS and the devices it powers will be targeted toward a consumer market.
Time will tell if this Slate is a win in the business market or not.