HP Releases Slate Videos Touting Flash Support

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Hewlett-Packard has released a pair of videos touting its forthcoming Slate tablet, which it introduced in conjunction with Microsoft at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Both of them tout Slate’s ability to “access the full web, not just a part of it,” as Adobe’s Alan Tam says in the video while demonstrating Flash and AIR, which lets Flash applications run outside of a browser.

PC World’s David Coursey saw the videos’ release as a pre-emptive strike against the iPad’s April 3 shipping date. One of them is a 30-second TV commercial and the other, Tam’s piece, runs about five minutes. Mr. Coursey admitted that “Apple provides a very decent user experience without [Flash on the iPhone],” but he said that Mr. Tam’s demonstration made him “rethink any plans I might have had about purchasing an iPad.”

He added: “It may be that the iPhone experience will have trouble scaling up to user expectations of a larger-screen device. Windows 7, meanwhile, may have trouble appearing to be truly optimized for a tablet. While both the HP Slate and Apple iPad will offer much the same functionality, the user experience appears very different.”

Both videos are available for viewing in Mr. Coursey's article.

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Lee Dronick

Cool you can watch the Slate video at YouTube using your iPhone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3MSjwUrxT0

Tam said that 75% of the top 100 websites use Flash. Does that mean that they are Flash based with navigation and all or just that they have Flash content on them?

rtamesis

The GUI just looks ugly.

xmattingly

Tam said that 75% of the top 100 websites use Flash. Does that mean that they are Flash based with navigation and all or just that they have Flash content on them?

That would mean, “uses Flash technology in some way, shape or form regardless of how integral it is to the operation of the site”, of course. I would put money down that he’s including banner ads as a qualifier.

Naturally, when a tech company puts their foot down, that creates an opening for differentiation for a competitor. Which is a good thing - choice is better for consumers. If you prefer a mobile device that would have to deal with every crash-prone & processor intensive browser plug-in while being anchored to a wall outlet, at least there are choices out there that let you do that.

Lee Dronick

That would mean, ?uses Flash technology in some way, shape or form regardless of how integral it is to the operation of the site?, of course. I would put money down that he?s including banner ads as a qualifier.

That would also be might thought, the ads.

geoduck

To Quote: “While both the HP Slate and Apple iPad will offer much the same functionality, the user experience appears very different.?

That is a huge understatement but for completely opposite reason than he means. I’ll take OS-X in any form over Win7.

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