After a year of teasing, Hewlett Packard’s Slate PC is finally available at $799, but the device is aimed at businesses. We’ll have to wait for the Palm WebOS version promised next year for a true consumer tablet, it seems.
It’s slightly smaller than the iPad, with an 8.9-inch capacitive touch screen (versus the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen), and it weighs the same as the iPad at 1.5 ounces.
It targets professional who don’t sit at their desks. So you get touch screen access to browse documents, spreadsheets and apps. There’s web conferencing with the device’s webcam plus a 3MP camera for still shots.
The Slate lacks 3G but includes WiFi and Bluetooth. It has 2GB of memory and up to a 5-hour battery life. It’s available on HP’s Web site.
Looks like the iPad’s still way ahead of the pack.