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Ballmer & the Slate Rumour: It's not proof-positive, but the latest HP-related rumour certainly makes for a big hint that the computing giant plans on releasing webOS-powered tablets sooner rather than later: TechCrunch reports (via "a source who's been briefed on the matter") that the HP Slate, an impressive-looking Windows 7-based tablet PC introduced by Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer at CES in January, has been canned.

The reason? According to TC, Win 7's performance as a tablet OS just isn't up to snuff - whether this is due to speed issues, battery life problems or a combination of both isn't delved into, although it's mentioned that HP may also be abandoning Intel-based internals for its Slate lineup entirely. Given that this news comes right on the tail of the Palm acquisition - not to mention the hints dropped by executives - the idea that HP will forge ahead exclusively with an in-house, mobile-optimized webOS tablet is definitely within the realm of possibility. The company remains tight-lipped, giving Engadget the standard line: "We don't comment on rumours or speculation."

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Welcome back, TIMMMMMMAY!

hkklife @ 4/30/2010 6:52:51 PM # Q
Are you just making a cameo appearance or are you back for good? How did your German Pre survive boot camp?
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->Verizon Moto Droid + Verizon Palm Centro
RE: Welcome back, TIMMMMMMAY!
Tim Carroll @ 4/30/2010 7:02:13 PM # Q
Back for good! It's nice to have my life back. :) I have all my gear setup at my new home for the next two years, the Defence School of Signals. Sorted out an Internet plan yesterday (as an aside, wireless Internet prices are outrageous - $55 a month for a paltry 7GB limit!).

German Pre is behaving itself... mostly. Lots of scuffs and the headphone jack has gone schizophrenic, so I'm thinking I'm going to replace it. Trying to decide now whether I'll go Pixi Plus or Pre Plus. Now that the Pixi has WiFi it's a much harder call to make...
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Treo 270 --> Treo 650 --> Treo 680 --> Centro --> Pre
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RE: Welcome back, TIMMMMMMAY!
hkklife @ 4/30/2010 9:55:11 PM # Q
Welcome back indeed!

Well, unless you absolutely need the extra pixels, screen size, and RAM/storage (and 3D gaming) I'd honestly consider a Pixi Plus. The ones I have fondled felt very well put-together with no creaks/wobbles at all. Sure they are slow but that's nothing a nice overclock + a Seidio extended capacity battery cannot cure.
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->Verizon Moto Droid + Verizon Palm Centro

RE: Welcome back, TIMMMMMMAY!
Tim Carroll @ 5/1/2010 3:15:37 AM # Q
Judging from the way I've used the Pre, I'd be quite happy with a Pixi. Battery life just isn't good enough to do any kind of serious gaming on any phone, really, and my Internet browsing is usually limited to quick checks of Facebook, movie times etc so the smaller screen isn't going to bug me much. Plus, the Pixi Plus has the bonus of being a couple of hundred Euros cheaper than the Pre Plus.

Still, I've actually become quite attached to the satisyfing clack of the slider... and 16GB of storage would be much appreciated. Decisions decisions.

RE: Welcome back, TIMMMMMMAY!
e_tellurian @ 5/1/2010 10:45:34 AM # Q
More thoughts to ponder and knowledge to absorb ... good to have your thoughts too.

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Yeah, just buy a Crunchpad

sbono13 @ 4/30/2010 7:41:39 PM # Q
TechCrunch will stop at nothing to promote their CrunchPad alternative tablet. You can't expect an objective article from them.
RE: Yeah, just buy a Crunchpad
nastebu @ 5/1/2010 6:05:35 AM # Q
But ...

1.) there's no mention of the crunchpad in the article, and

2.) I thought that project had collapsed into nothingness anyway.

RE: Yeah, just buy a Crunchpad
mikecane @ 5/1/2010 7:09:30 AM # Q
Oh, FFS, I saw this coming an hour after the hp+Palm announcement:
http://ipadtest.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/will-hp-now-delay-the-slate-2/

Anyone who thought that craptatstic Slate would still be made with Win7 is delusional.

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No surprise here.

pmjoe @ 5/2/2010 3:25:28 PM # Q
After trying to deal with Windows on UMPCs in the past, I'm glad to see one of the big players giving up on trying to cram Windows onto tablet-like devices. I'd love to see HP offering webOS and/or Android HP Slate solutions.

RE: No surprise here.
jca666us @ 5/2/2010 5:14:06 PM # Q
We'll see when that happens (2011)?
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