Having left pre-order customers unclear on when, exactly, they can expect their tablets to arrive, HP's Slate 500 is now listed as "on backorder" at the company's site. New orders are now not expected to ship for six weeks, close to the end of 2010, with no specific ship dates being given.
HP's Slate 500 tablet is leaving some pre-order customers confused, with the company blaming "high demand" for delays in shipment. Genghis Kent bought a Slate 500 on October 25, the very first day, but has just received an email from HP saying they "will not be able to fulfill the order from on hand stock" and instead he may be facing a 10-15 day delay from manufacturing.
Back at the launch of HP's Slate 500 last week, the company wasn't saying exactly when the $799 Windows 7 tablet would arrive on the market. Keen pre-order customers, however, have spotted a ship date of November 17 2010 on their orders, suggesting the 8.9-inch Slate 500 is just three weeks out.
"It appears to be just a handful of credible entrants" said Apple CEO Steve Jobs on iPad rivals, "not exactly an avalanche." It's certainly been a shaky few weeks for tablets in general; while Apple's slate can apparently do little wrong, contributing nicely to another record financial quarter for the Cupertino company, the rest of the market is looking deeply troubled. Qualms over platforms, sizes, pricing and usability have all come to a head over the past seven days, leaving manufacturers looking almost as confused as the would-be consumers.
The debut of HP's Slate 500 begs the question as to whether or not enterprise customers and market verticals care about Tablet computers. For those of us who have followed the industry for 10 or more years this product announcement feels like a re-run of a TV show we saw 6 years ago. Pen based Tablet PC's have come and gone and nearly all of them in the days of old focused on the enterprise. Will Tablet / Slate PC's fair better this time around? What type of operating system should they run? Can they compete with the iPad? Let's explore.
Well, there you have it. We've been riding the HP Slate roller-coaster for quite some time now, with our fingernails firmly clamped in our teeth. Waiting on the edge our seat since the acquisition of Palm to see if the Slate, running its infamous Windows 7, would ever see the light of day. And sure enough, today we finally have an answer. It's definitely coming, but there's one big change: enterprise.
We're at the tail-end of the week, but that's not slowing us down. Welcome to tonight's edition of The Daily Slash. We're glad you could make it, as usual. Tonight, in the Best of R3 Media, we've got the Nexus One launching with Froyo, the Nintendo 3DS won't make it across the pond for awhile, and the iPhone 4's got some RAM under that hood. And then in the Dredge 'Net, Microsoft is promising a new mobile OS -- kind of, there's already someone waiting for the iPhone 4, and there's even more doubt about the HP Slate.
The good news just keeps on coming for the JooJoo. It's about time, too, considering early reviews aren't necessarily the brightest. And, while Fusion Garage's CEO, Chandra Rathakrishnan says that new software, along with a European launch, are on the way, this new bit of news from the company's head is definitely a little bit more worthwhile.
Today, for all intents and purposes, was a big day. Maybe not as big as yesterday, but it's pretty close. Especially if you consider the two cancellations, with the HP Slate getting tossed to the side, along with Microsoft's Courier digital journal. A sad day for the tablet market, indeed. But, we move on, forward unto . . . Well, whatever it is you're heading into. Either way, welcome to the Thursday edition of the Daily Slash. In the Best of R3, we've got the LG Aloha getting a name change, iAd takes a steep turn in the price bracket, and Palm may be ready to face a class-action lawsuit. And then in the Dredge 'Net, looks like Valve finally hit a release date for Steam on the Mac, the app thing gets out of hand, and Verizon gets a new netbook.
There's something to be said about a tablet with netbook internals. And, while we wish they were good things, it generally isn't. Take, for example, the HP Slate, which was just nabbed by the folks over at Connecti.ca. While they haven't had it long enough to actually get a full review up, they've got plenty of pictures of their hands-on time with the tablet, plus a mini-review to satiate anyone actually interested in the tablet from HP. What's their verdict? Meh.