What’s the problem? The iPad is a pure tablet, but most Windows tablets are really small notebooks with a detachable (or, attachable; not all come with a keyboard) keyboard and a touchscreen; a clumsy device that runs Windows. iPad killers? Maybe. Here’s a look at yet another iPad killer.
HP: Invent (copy)
If your circle of family, friends, and associates is anything like mine then you probably know more than a few folks who say they have iPads but do not. Anything that is tablet-like to those poor souls is an iPad. You know, like Kleenex is tissue paper.
HP, the technology company that used to invent stuff before they started selling Apple’s iPad with an HP logo on it, is still in the traditional Windows PC business. Why? Because they couldn’t find anyone to buy that business unit. Instead, HP has doubled-down on its PC business, seemingly assured of eventually making a profit by selling even more products at a loss on each one sold. They’ll make it up on volume, right?
HP’s latest iPad killer is called the HP Pro Tablet 608 G1. That just rolls off the tongue, you know. What do you get for roughly the same money as an iPad?
The 608 G1 is about the same size as an iPad mini 4 and priced about the same, though it weighs more, comes with more RAM (2GB and 4GB options), high end storage options are the same (32GB, plus 64GB and 128GB), and screen resolution is the same.
As is the case with most Windows PC notebook-tablet hybrids, this tablet has a USB-C port, a headphone and mic connector, a flash card expansion slot, and dual cameras. It’s also packed with Wi-Fi, 4G, GPS, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and a power sipping Intel Atom CPU.
Oh, and it runs Windows 10, so it’s capable of running most Windows apps and not much more. iPad users can choose from over half a million iPad-centric applications, of course, but there’s nothing quite like running Photoshop Creative Cloud on a 7.9-inch tablet without a keyboard (you’ll pay extra for a wireless Bluetooth keyboard for the HP 608 G1).
All things considered, based upon the specifications and reviews, this may be one of HP’s best ever tablets. True, it’s not really a tablet. It has a touchscreen, but it’s limited to Windows apps and as PCs go, power is somewhat anemic, but in the enterprise environment the 608 G1 could be a good performer. After all, it runs Windows.
These Windows-based notebook-tablet hybrids have gained some success in the marketplace, helped by a heavy dose of advertising from Microsoft, and the catchy ‘the tablet that can replace your notebook.’ The thing to remember is this. It’s not a tablet in the iPad sense. It’s a very small notebook without a keyboard. Apple maintains the user experience of hybrid devices isn’t very good so we’re not likely to see a hybrid Mac with a touchscreen any time soon.