Judging by an early Spanish review (lost the link, I'm sure it's on Endgadget somewhere), it's not very impressive. Yes, the improved connectivity over the iPad is very nice (really, who enjoys paying $30 for yet another adapter?), but this device has other issues. The Atom processor is ill-placed in a device meant for media consumption and which runs Windows 7: It's simply too slow. Apple can get away with a slower CPU (yes, the A4 isn't all that special) because their OS is designed with it in mind. It's *optimized*, which I'd be hard-pressed to say about the Atom/W7 combination.
Aside from that, there's the obvious issue that Windows 7 (despite everything Microsoft says) isn't the optimal platform for a touch-only device. Have you taken a look at the apps you run on your desktop/notebook? Notice how none of them are touch-oriented? This is what the iPad has going for it. It's built from the ground-up for touch. It's the only way to interface with it. And all the developers know it, meaning every app will be (and *is*) touch-oriented. You won't have to squint and you won't need the accuracy and still hand of a brain surgeon.
Now, I'm not an Apple fanboy (I don't ever intend to buy an iPad), but there are certain things the HP Slate (and most other tablets that will be released this year) simply won't be able to beat: Touch is one. Ecosystem is the other. Yes, ecosystem. Software will make or break a tablet, not the hardware that runs it. This is something that many people seem to miss when they start comparing technical specifications and dismiss the iPad as an overgrown iPhone (I don't have one of those either). And considering the size of the App Store thus far and its massive growth in the past years, there's simply no chance for other tablets to flourish. This includes the HP Slate. The Windows ecosystem is based around mouse and keyboard, and don't expect this to change any time soon only because of the single tablet this year which happens to run Windows 7.
Suffice to say, this device will probably be a wash ... but then again, crazier things have happened. Maybe HP will get things right and the Slate will spread like a wildfire. But then again, maybe unicorns and fairies will take over the world and demand the blood of babies as godly sacrifice. Who knows?
P.S. I bet you $10 nobody will know what the HP Slate is by next year. ;)
Note: This is just a personal comment, don't take it as a review or anything of the kind. Just my take on the whole tablet thing.
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