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Dear HP: Nobody cares about your tablet.

Gizmodo has a post about some video that’s going around of HP CTO Phil McKinney properly demonstrating the staggeringly pointless HP Slate. I’d get angry about someone so obviously trying to take away some of the attention away from Apple’s upcoming iSlate announcement, but because it’s so clearly doomed to fail, it just makes me feel goddamn sad.

The highlight of Steve Ballmer‘s slate introduction was the different modes—ebook reader, movie player—you can quickly jump to. But then and now, the story is really Windows, and those modes are just apps, running with the Start menu and all the familiar Windows accoutrements in full view. Being powered by Windows 7 is great, but I am not sure how I feel about this approach. What we see here is a Windows 7 desktop running a browser and a NYT app (aka another browser). I still think it’s cute, but I think everyone would agree that the hardware is not the story—smoother software is needed to make the tablet lifestyle palatable.

It’s like they’re not even trying to innovate. Seriously, Phil, why are you still going forward with this product? Sure, the Slate’s got a nice case, and, sure, it’s technically official while the iSlate technically isn’t (until tomorrow), but you know what’s coming. You have to. You’re like one of those sad-sack characters in The Last Samurai, you know, one of those locals hopelessly stuck in the past despite Tom Cruise’s attempts to save them by being a white guy with a beard. Just like in that movie, you and all your sword-loving friends are about to get mowed down by Apple’s soon-to-be-announced muskets, even though the guns are right there and you’ve already been told what they’ll do to you.

It’s going to be a massacre.

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  1. January 26, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Well I still think the HP Tablet will have more functionality than the apple tablet(rumored to run iphone OS). Since the HP tablet is full blown windows 7, I have the added benefit of running my most needed apps (onenote, picasa, thunderbird,etc) with ease and sync it easily with my desktop without compatibility issues etc.
    I am excited to see Apple’s offering though…

  2. February 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    ha and I was right

  1. January 26, 2010 at 8:15 pm

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