Apple iPad Vs HP Slate

By Jayita, Gaea News Network
Friday, January 29, 2010

LOS ANGELES ( — Earlier this month, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer had announced an upcoming “slate” PC from HP In Las Vegas, CES 2010. Yesterday Steve Jobs has announced the most anticipated and hyped product of Apple — the iPad in his keynote address at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. People are searching Internet to find out which of these tablet PCs has better efficiency, features and apps. Here I am giving you a comparative study between the two to find the answer.


Size and Weight

Apple iPad is 0.5-inch thin and weighs 1.5 pounds. It appears slightly lighter than HP Slate, weighing something around 2.64 pounds.


iPad has a more colorful display compared to HP Slate. iPad is a 9.7-inch multi-touch capacitive display with 1024 x 768 pixel resolution. For a display HP comes with a 10-inch LED screen with 1024×600 or 1366×768 resolution. It also includes multi-touch display.

Operating System

iPad has same operating system as iPhone. iPad OS is derived from Mac OS X. iPhone OS has four abstraction layers: the Core OS layer, the Core Services layer, the Media layer, and the Cocoa Touch layer. The operating system uses less than 500 megabytes of the device’s memory. Comparatively, HP Slate has better OS on its side; the Windows 7 with multitouch capability.


1Ghz Apple A4 CPU is optimal for the iBook apps that iPad supports. It also ensures the battery life not goes less than 10 hours. For HP Slate, it has Intel Core 2 processor.

Storage Capacity

iPad will be available in three packages i.e. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Storage capacity of HP Slate is yet to be known.


While iPad lacks multitasking capabilities, HP Slate supports multitasks. That means using HP Slate you can listen to the music while downloading an important file. It gives you more freedom of work than iPad.

Flash Content Support

Though you can watch YouTube video on Apple iPad, it does not support Adobe flash. You can play Flash with HP Slate.

Battery Life

Apple iPad claims to have 10 hours battery life but there was no information on the battery of HP Slate.


iPad doesn’t have webcam, so video chat is not possible with Apple’s revolutionary product, while HP provides interface for Webcam.


HP Slate comes with USB Port. On the other hand, iPad has no expandable storage or USB port. According to some reviews, until you hack it to run Chrome OS, you’re going to be using this thing exactly the way Apple tells you to.

Application Availability

While iPad restricted its apps within iTune app store, HP Slate serves with more generosity providing you with millions of apps. You can download any s/w for your Windows7 OS with your HP Slate.


Here also HP Slate is one step forward than iPad. HP Slate has broaden the scope of reading eBook via Amazon Kindle app or in any format, supported by Windows 7. Whereas with iPad, user can only read iBooks via Kindle app for iPhone.


For both case a virtual keyboard is available. This keyboard is not at all suitable for users associated with professions that need long hours of typing. In addition, iPad includes an optional keyboard dock, which can be used like a regular laptop or desktop PC.


Apple has marked it product with only $499 which is much less than $800 (as expected) - the price of HP Slate.

While Apple iPad gives you a glamorous display, an impressive battery back up with its cheaper price; HP Slate provides facilities like multtasking, Webcam support, USB Port and numerous apps. Write us which one you find most suitable fulfilling your demands.


October 21, 2010: 5:47 pm

Weight is a real factor, i use iPad and some time i feel it heavy after prolonged use, like watching a serial in ABC. so 2.65 of slate is going to be really heavy. Multitask is coming to iPad in November. Also u can download and run an app/browse at the same time even now. Real multitasking is really needed and wating for that. Also waiting for slate . If it not going to break my bank i will buy it.

Joe M.
April 18, 2010: 9:23 am

I have an iPad. 1.5 pounds sound light, but it’s not. 2.6 pounds would be absolutely brutal. For a mobile device like this, weight is a VERY important consideration.

April 16, 2010: 10:14 pm

“The ipad is just a funner faster lighter iPhone while the slate is trying to do much making it way too heavy to lug around. ”

- Good point I suppose

“Multitasking hurts ipad and USB but u can buy expansion pack for like 29 bucks and no contract involved for wifi 3g coverage on ipad so u can go anywhere and use internet.”

- Not sure I got that, but 3G adds to cost. As for multitasking hurting the Ipad. Whaaa? I would rather not buy something (USB) the should come free with tech these days.

“I’m getting ipad 3g and downloading new netflix app and going anywhere I want and streaming any movie I want on a 10inch led ipad talk about spoiled”

- Whaaa? Didn’t you just say these things were too heavy to lug around?

April 13, 2010: 11:41 am

I truely believe that the ipad will be a better buy than the hp. The ipad is just a funner faster lighter iPhone while the slate is trying to do much making it way too heavy to lug around. Multitasking hurts ipad and USB but u can buy expansion pack for like 29 bucks and no contract involved for wifi 3g coverage on ipad so u can go anywhere and use internet. I played with the ipad at best buy and it wuz heavier than I’d thought it would be couldn’t imagine passing around an almost 3 pound pilot aka hp slate. I’m getting ipad 3g and downloading new netflix app and going anywhere I want and streaming any movie I want on a 10inch led ipad talk about spoiled

April 3, 2010: 4:40 pm

Apple’s ipad is much too restrictive. Although it has no flash player, I have started to make the assumption that the ipad isn’t powerful enough to even support flash. Steve jobs BS excuse of “flash is outdated” just seems like a cover up. If id get either of the two, my choice would be the hp slate hands down. And who ever said the slate is more expensive, your amazingly stupid since the cost almost the same. ipad=500-800 hp slate=550.

March 29, 2010: 5:06 pm

Way to be one-sided. Slate > Ipoop.

March 23, 2010: 8:00 pm

Seems to me all they did was stick a laptop into a flat panel with a touch screen. Since Windows 7 wasn’t designed originally for using a touch screen, how many of those tiny windows are going to need a small finger or stylus. From what I can tell, Apple isn’t making an iPad to be or replace a laptop computer, but instead something between the iPhone and a laptop. And it only weighs 1.5 pounds versus almost 2.65 for the iSlate.

Henrik Sørensen
March 19, 2010: 9:55 am

USB port + Webcam + open platform (I can install and develop my own apps easily Qt for instance) really makes the HP Slate my choice.
Apple is known to use the cheapest technologies and materials + then adding the WOW factor which makes us all want it without a real reason

March 9, 2010: 10:28 pm

I think each of the device has its own drawbacks. HP Slate supports Flash and AIR but runs vulnerable Win7 in other hand Apple iPad have no flash support but has much credible OS. Anyways you can also see this post:

February 28, 2010: 7:36 am

Definately have to pick the HP Slate over the iPad simply due to the operating system. WIndows is definately a more appealing operating system for me.

Compare the two

February 17, 2010: 5:06 pm

Ipad doesn’t use the amazon kindle application, (although you can download the kindle app), the use their own application “ibook”.

The iBooks app is a great new way to read and buy books. Download the free app from the App Store and buy everything from classics to best sellers from the built-in iBookstore. Once you’ve bought a book, it’s displayed on your Bookshelf. Just tap it to start reading. The high-resolution, LED-backlit screen displays everything in sharp, rich color, so it’s easy to read, even in low light.

February 14, 2010: 2:48 am

i realy like the ipad becuase it is cheaper. but the hp slate you can multitask and i would like that. im basically confused like if you get the ipad w/ the 64GB its still cheaper than the slate i realy dont know why the stlate is so expense if it doesnt realy have any thing. like for example if you look up hp slate it dosent realy hve any info.and on it the ipad has lot of good information on it so you can know what you are going to buy.

February 12, 2010: 2:09 pm

With the ipad finally being unveiled, seems like the hp slate may be more what we are looking for.

January 31, 2010: 12:23 pm

I personally like apple’s idea but hp made what apple needed… with windows 7, flash player, web cam and the usb port i rather choose hp and i think you can just get a keyboard and connect it to the slate so in my opinion the Hp Slate > ipad…

January 29, 2010: 3:46 pm

I love Apple, they have amazing products but the iPad is a slight disappointment. I’m going to wait for the HP Slate and try it out because I’m inclined to go for it at this moment. However, Apple might add webcam support, a stylus, ability to hand write notes with some accuracy, etc. in the future. However, that’ll most likely be 3 years in the future considering how slow the iPhone has evolved. It still doesn’t have a front facing camera like the HP Slate. So, for the next couple of years, I’m going to stick with the HP Slate until Apple makes the iPad better (if it’s still around).

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January 29, 2010: 12:53 pm

If I’m not going to use it like a computer, then I don’t need a PC. I’ll get the ipad because it’s cheaper.

Michael Markman
January 29, 2010: 10:33 am

The example you give for multi-tasking (listening to music while downloading a file) also works on iPhone–and I presume iPad. While it’s true that Apple does not provide general multi-tasking, they have specifically enabled continuous music playback while using other apps. (caveat: this only works with the onboard iPod app. It won’t work for a cloud-based streaming service)

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