This has been my week to experiment with updates to tablets.
I also played with putting “Eight on a Slate”. I have the developer preview of Windows 8 on my home computer in a dual boot from VHD configuration and wondered how it could fit on the 1GB slate. Loading up the preview on the HP Slate wasn’t all that hard although it is clear some new drivers will be required to get everything working right. Hopefully someone from PSG is going to make it work for real. Before someone asks, yes it did help to install the existing drivers in win 7 compatibility mode, but there were a few crucial ones that didn’t install. Hint -- the metro apps want 1024 x 768 minimum resolution, so you'll need to play with your display settings before they'll work.
Overall, not a bad week working with devices.
I’ve been in numerous discussions recently about the consumerization of IT and the adoption of devices. There are concerns about people dragging personal devices into the workplace and controlling their use. I was fascinated to see the announcement from right here in HP of a tablet device running Android with a printer thrown in (Photosmart eStation), or is it the other way around. Either way, I wasn't expecting devices dragging devices into the workplace.
The printer includes a Web browsing tablet with WiFi and a 7-inch diagonal screen. It is pre-loaded with applications including a music player, browser, Barnes & Noble’s eBookstore and Yahoo mail, search, weather and messenger.
When it’s not being used, the tablet sits in a dock on the printer and works as a control panel and digital photo frame.
The Android-powered tablet apparently doesn’t let you load applications. It may not meet everyone’s needs but it looked worth checking out – definitely at that price. The tablet has a freescale i.MX51 CPU that runs between 4-6 hours on a charge.
I think this is worth checking out even if this tablet/printer bundle is nothing more than a signpost on the road to the future.