The display is a 8.9″ WSVGA 1024 x 600, wide viewing angle multi-touch panel, flush display, with an ambient light sensor. Â It has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor with 32 or 64GB flash storage, upgradeable with SD card reader. Â It also has 1GB (DDR2) RAM which is not upgradeable.
The HP Slate has an 802.11b/g + Bluetooth, and optional 3G. Â One of the many good things about it is that it has a SD/SDHC/SDXC card reader and supports up to 128GB, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, One USB 2.0 port (also a great feature) docking connector.Â The iPad doesnâ€™t have an SD card reader nor a USB 2.0 port.
The HP Slate will be running Windows Home Premium with HP touch-optimized interface. It will have Â a 2-cell WHr polymer (non-customer replaceable) battery with up to 5+ hours of use.
Guess what?! It has a VGA webcam (inward-facing) and a 3MP camera (facing outwards.) Yeah thatâ€™s right, does the iPad have that? Nope.
In most aspects, the HP Slate will win over Appleâ€™s newly release iPad.Â the only things that the iPad is better with is it has a 1024 x 768 display (not a huge difference compared to HP Slateâ€™s 1024 x 600.)Â Â The iPad has 802.11a/b/g/n , instead of HPâ€™s 802.11b/g (again not a huge difference.)Â The major thing that the iPad is better with is the up to 10 hours that it provides, compared to HPâ€™s 5+ hours.
The slate runs between $549-$599, whereas the iPad runs at $499-$829 (depending on if you get the WiFi, or the WiFi + 3G.
Personally, Iâ€™d rather have the HP Slate.Â It actually has an actual operating system, not an OS that looks terrible on the iPad.Â And,Â has a lot of useful features that the iPad doesnâ€™t, but thatâ€™s typical with Apple products.Â And yes, it will run Flash!
I am glad though, that Apple started this Slate business, I think it’s a good product, just needs to be developed.