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Windows 7 Slate Faces Off Against the Apple iPad

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 74 comments

We're still waiting for the myriad of Android and Windows 7 tablets we've been promised by various different companies to hit the market. Once they do, they'll more than likely be compared to the iPad straight away.

We don't have a lot of information on this Windows 7 Hanvon slate, but it will supposedly launch before the end of the year. It packs a camera, a trackpad, a USB port and an SD card slot. So it beats the iPad in those departments, but overall, how does it fare against Steve's magical and revolutionary web tablet?

The iPad takes the cake when it comes to zooming, as pinch to zoom is a little stuttery on the Hanvon. The Hanvon also has a more full-featured QWERTY keyboard. Whether you consider that a positive or a negative feature is probably down to personal preference, but it's safe to say the iPad is easier to type on because fewer buttons means more space for the buttons you do have (things look a little cramped on the Hanvon). Windows 7 seems to do better in the browsing and webpage navigation department, and it also loads up a YouTube video faster than Apple's iPad.

We won't ruin the whole video for you, as it's kind of fun to watch. Check out the full battle below!

Windows 7 Slate vs. Apple iPad

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    mlopinto2k1 , August 11, 2010 2:03 AM
    ParsianWhat could be the reasons behind the pinch zoom stuttering?
    Because it's just the regular zoom feature in the internet browser. Apple's browser was built from the ground up to work with the iPad and iPhone/iTouch. They designed it to do that. The Win7 Slate isn't stuttering. Right now, in your browser hit Ctrl+.. that's what that "zoom" is doing.
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    darkchazz , August 11, 2010 1:59 AM
    Win7 all the way :D 
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    liquidchild , August 11, 2010 1:57 AM
    Is that a thinner bezel I see???? I recall crapple tard on this very site stating that apple is more visually pleasing.....
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    darkchazz , August 11, 2010 1:59 AM
    Win7 all the way :D 
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    Parsian , August 11, 2010 2:00 AM
    What could be the reasons behind the pinch zoom stuttering?
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 11, 2010 2:01 AM
    You know, Apple made one version of their iPad and numerous other vendors and companies have been attempting to do this for quite some time and to me, the iPad has it nailed.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 11, 2010 2:03 AM
    ParsianWhat could be the reasons behind the pinch zoom stuttering?
    Because it's just the regular zoom feature in the internet browser. Apple's browser was built from the ground up to work with the iPad and iPhone/iTouch. They designed it to do that. The Win7 Slate isn't stuttering. Right now, in your browser hit Ctrl+.. that's what that "zoom" is doing.
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    haunted one , August 11, 2010 2:05 AM
    I like the form factor..........though I still don't have a practical application for such a device.
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    stm1185 , August 11, 2010 2:05 AM
    I wonder if the graphics power in that windows tablet is enough to load up a game like TF2. The USB ports are pure win though and easily make it much more valuable then the iPad; to be able to dock it to a keyboard and mouse, and oh yeah a Printer!

    Huge potential as a business device; hell probably the future of most businesses. Just replace every tower with a tablet and a dock. It wont take long for the performance to be dam good for business apps and think of the huge advantages to having people be able to take their PC into the meeting rooms, and pull and share files during the meeting.

    And think of the Trees that could be saved!
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    Warsaw , August 11, 2010 2:11 AM
    I would like one *Hint hint Tom's*
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    bin1127 , August 11, 2010 2:11 AM
    they can just change the zoom increments to 1 pixel and match it to the finger acceleration. Though MS has to leave something you to be excited about in the slate 2.
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    zachary k , August 11, 2010 2:14 AM
    win7 tablet: has a bigger app market (its called the whole internet and every computer related store!), USB, HDMI(?), external storage, microphone port, camera, FLASH!
    ipad: no viruses, or windows rot (both can be avoided by basic maintenance and common sense), longer battery life (what are you, in the middle of the woods with no outlets?), has an OS built form the ground up for it.
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    hihiman1 , August 11, 2010 2:22 AM
    I have to say the ipad has better presentation, but seems to be much less powerful performance wise. And I would take performance over presentation any day. Because anyone who is not an idiot knows that presentation only matters untill perhaps the third day of using the product, by then you are used to it, and pay no attention to it. However performance affects you always.
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    Anonymous , August 11, 2010 2:25 AM
    This is funny, you are comparing an actual product, with a demo... how long does de battery last? what about the cost? or the weight? don`t say you don`t understand that these are important issues for a tablet..
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    welshmousepk , August 11, 2010 2:26 AM
    i want hardware specs...

    One of these on the ION platform would be awesome.

    dual core atom and a 9400m. would be awesome.
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    jimmysmitty , August 11, 2010 2:32 AM
    stm1185I wonder if the graphics power in that windows tablet is enough to load up a game like TF2. The USB ports are pure win though and easily make it much more valuable then the iPad; to be able to dock it to a keyboard and mouse, and oh yeah a Printer!Huge potential as a business device; hell probably the future of most businesses. Just replace every tower with a tablet and a dock. It wont take long for the performance to be dam good for business apps and think of the huge advantages to having people be able to take their PC into the meeting rooms, and pull and share files during the meeting.And think of the Trees that could be saved!


    The USB ports also make it non proprietary as does Windows 7. Unlike with a iPad, you basically have to buy anything that Apple makes to dock it with, you can buy any standard mouse + keyboard and go.

    Of course the Apple fans will claim the iPad is superior but what can you expect.

    I also wonder if it will have support for IE9.0. I was looking at some of the test with the Preview 3 and they have already caught up to every other browser out there and include support for more HTML5, CSS3 and hardware acceleration features. If so, this might be one viable solution.

    Plus add in Intels new Atom that's capable of pretty decent graphics and 1080P HD video on the non cell phone version and it could possibly push the iPad to second place.

    bucefalus44This is funny, you are comparing an actual product, with a demo... how long does de battery last? what about the cost? or the weight? don`t say you don`t understand that these are important issues for a tablet..


    As far as I can tell.... that's an actual product. If it was pre-recorded, then sure. But it shows a person actually using the product.

    As for the "issues", battery life will depend on the features. This wont be the only one or the only model. Unlike the iPad there will be different models with different features and specs and probably a replaceable battery.

    That's one thing I never understood about Apple. Rechargeable batteries slowly loose the amount of charge they can hold and after a year their charge tends to be much less. Why make it impossible to change?

    Either way, this is a very viable competition. It gives users the entire array of desktop apps for the PC while the iPad only gives them what is out there for the iPod and iPhone. There are tons of free apps for PC as well, even some great games.

    I do wonder if it can support a Source based game. Get a stand for it along with a decent mouse + keyboard and you can play Alien Swarm thats free and awesome......
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    kingssman , August 11, 2010 2:36 AM
    Hmmm.... I like the keyboard better on the apple device. Its a touchscreen, you need big keys to prevent those "mess ups" in typing. Plus you don't need things like ctrl, alt,tab, fn, capslock on a touchscreen like that. USB and SD card slots FTW!!!!! now just make them usable via usb dvd drive or something.
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    roshith_k , August 11, 2010 2:39 AM
    The USB - That by itself is a big win over the iPad. I dont care about the smoother zoom or bigger keys on the iPad if it doesnt have the basic stuff.
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    tayb , August 11, 2010 2:45 AM
    I don't quite understand the point of this video. There were some things that the Windows 7 device did better but there were some things that it did horribly worse. Why both even showing off the Google Earth demo if you can't do pinch to zoom or scroll bar zoom? Why show off pinch to zoom if it stutters so terribly? Why show off page loads if it doesn't automatically adjust the width of the pages to the width of the device?

    Not to mention this video is clearly edited and makes no mention of battery life, hardware specs, or price. Battery life is exceedingly important on a device like this and it is glaringly absent from this video. I can only think of a couple of reasons why that is.
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    christopherknapp , August 11, 2010 2:55 AM
    The iPad is not only more visually appealing, but it does nearly everything they should, except YouTube video-ing, better than the Windows 7 tablet.

    What is the battery life on the Windows 7 tablet?

    The issue with the Windows 7 tablet is they Microsoft hasn't, and likely won't, build a specialized OS from the ground up to do what it needs to do. You can throw all the cameras, tech specs, at me all you want ... but at the end of the day Apple has one upped the rest of the market currently. No questions or concerns.
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