HP Slate hands-on: it's just a netbook without a keyboard

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Spanish blog Conecti.ca has published a "mini review" of the HP Slate, a soon-to-be-launched tablet whose fiercest competition is thought to be Apple's iPad. The conclusion? "Meh." The reviewer notes that while he only had a small window with the Slate, one thing is clear: it's apples and oranges. Apple's iPad was deemed a better "gadget package," while HP's device belongs in an entirely different category.

The Slate is essentially a "whole PC," capable of running software such as Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, and Adobe Flash. That comes with a major caveat, though. While there is arguably a higher degree of functionality, performance is sacrificed. For instance, the reviewer noted lengthy OS load times. Because of that, Conecti.ca believes the Slate is more of a netbook alternative than an iPad killer.

You can read the full five paragraph hands-on summary of the Slate here, or check out our comparison table of 2010's hottest tablets here.

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