"It is an overpriced netbook"3.5 starson by sur_pa
Pros: Productivity; Works on all windows applications
Size Fits my bag
Expandablity (USB ports etc)
WIFI, 3G and Blutooth Webcam
Cons: Full Operating system requires boot
Battery Life (with full operating system, it requires a recharge in a day)
Cost; It is a netbook should not cost more than $400
Summary: This is an atom based PC?.. Period!
There have been touch screen tablet PCs before and this is not a big deal except that it has capacitative touch screen unlike the earlier stylus and the "form factor" size which is small.
With the above summary, it does not need an elaborate description. However, following are my 2 cents.
The miniature version of a PC is extremely welcome for people who are the go and require productivity applications. It can perform any thing a desktop or laptop PC can perform within the limitations of Intel Atom processor. Gaming enthusiasists(!) may also be able to use it albeit at a limited level again because of the Atom processor limitations. There have been reviews about apps etc. But because it is a PC, the questions about APPS should not arise here.
Some of the highlights of the device is its size and of course applications that can run on windows. For Business people on the go, it is a beautiful asset. Now that they have added 3G, it augments the utility. With USB ports it is expandable and can be used with a large screen or a keyboard when required. One can install new programs using the USB.
The major downside in my opinion is that it is runs on a FULL operating system, it requires to be booted. In addition, the full operating system consumes more power and hence the battery requires frequent charging. This makes us carry the charger always with us which is a major flaw. I would expect that one charge should allow me to be used for about 7-8 hours of my day and that my device should be ready always.
The next downside is its cost; although it is targeted for corporate/business consumer, it is nothing but a netbook in a new design. Just because they included a touch screen in place of the keyboard and the touch pad, the costs can't go from $200 to $800. The HP marketing people must have thought about it. In fact, keeping the price lower than $400 will be the best strategy to drive ipad customers to HP slate.
The other possible flaw I see is its weight (1.5LB) is a lot of weight these days when airlines are restricting the size of my bag.