When Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman stated that it was going to keep making PCs and that it needs to be in the tablet business, releasing a successor to the Slate wasn't exactly what we had in mind. Tossing in a stylus doesn't rosy things up for the Slate 2 either.
The HP 500 or HP Slate was the company's first tablet with an 8.9-inch screen running Windows 7 — the full desktop version of Windows 7 — and it sold for $800.
The TouchPad was a webOS tablet powered tablet with a 9.7-inch screen, Beats audio and it was only $500.
The Slate 2 is pretty much the same as the HP Slate, except it's actually fatter and heavier with a slower clocked 1.5GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor (versus the 1.8GHz on HP Slate).
Is this what HP calls progress? Because we call that regression.
The rest of the specs are almost the same as the HP Slate too — 64GB storage, 2GB of RAM, 6 hour battery life, and slightly higher 1024x768 resolution on 8.9-inch screen. HP's also tossing in a stylus.
Lesson not learned. We like HP. We like them because they make cool products like the TouchSmart 610, but the Slate 2 is about as lazy as a tablet successor gets. One year later and it's actually chunkier than the original tablet. The price is still more than an entry-level iPad too. We'll wait for those Windows 8 tablets, because we can't stand to look at the Slate 2.
At least with the HP TouchPad, it was walking on the right road of integrating sweet software with sweet hardware, but the Slate 2 just shows HP still doesn't understand how to build a tablet. Either revive the TouchPad or give it Windows 8.