Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Can HP Slate challenge the Apple iPad?

HP Slate versus Apple iPadCourtesy: Engadget
Rather than focus on technology, I would like to create a new comparison matrix between HP Slate & Apple iPad:

HP SlateApple iPad
Touch Screen
Fun to UseMaybeYes
eBook ReaderMaybeYes
Video & Music
Video CameraYesNo
Web BrowsingYesYes
Great AppsMaybeYes
Millions of
Users & fans
Battery LifeShortLong

Apple sold over 300,000 iPads on the first day of launch... "Apple also announced that iPad users downloaded over one million apps from Apple’s App Store and over 250,000 ebooks from its iBookstore during the first day."

It feels great to have the iPad launched into the world—it’s going to be a game changer,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPad users, on average, downloaded more than three apps and close to one book within hours of unpacking their new iPad.

What this means to Apple's topline is new product revenue in the billions (yes, you read it right!) from Apple iPad sales in 2010 (check Apple iPad will ignite the eBook market...) but there's more... Apple will generate new product revenue for the apps and eBooks... which could be another billion dollar business in the making!

All this means is an uphill climb for HP Slate... and it's all going to come down to ease-of-use, fun to use, intuitiveness and the coolness factor (and not the bells & whistles)! HP Slate doesn't have the X-Factor that an Apple iPad has. On the other hand, HP Slate can make a killing in the Netbook market... but that's not the game Apple iPad is playing. Can Mark Hurd provide the oomph that HP Slate needs to become successful overnight? He better be calling Steve Jobs...

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