Monday, April 25, 2011

HP Slate is a true PC Tablet at Risk of Shoplifting in Retail Stores

iPad or PC Tablet?  
By Bill Dandie

The New HP Slate feels like a personal computer and actually needs a Stylus to operate its touch screen functionality. During the first night of play I wasn't even aware that a Stylus was required and became frustrated by the unresponsive touch interface.

After the iPad launched in April 2010 it set the stage for responsive touch screen interaction and to regress back to a Stylus left me putting down the HP Slate and picked up my iPad 2.

I actually needed to tether the "AAAA" battery operated Stylus to the leather carrying case because the HP Slate doesn't have an on-board slot to accept the Stylus when not in use.

The HP Slate is quite heavy in comparison to the iPad 2 and for an upcoming European trip the iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom made the short list to accompany me but because I want to travel light the iPad 2 will visit Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona and Athens with me.

Also I have grown accustomed to a Tablet being a Tablet and not a personal computer. There is a reason why PC sales are down and Tablets and iPads way up because I believe people are ready for a change. 

When I powered up the Slate and saw the little Microsoft logo I thought it would be running the new Mobile 7 which would have grabbed my attention and allowed me to linger longer with the Slate. But no, it booted up Microsoft 7 and instead of using a cool new Tablet with a new operating system I interacted with a flat PC with a Stylus on a string - not very exciting.

So as a lucky guy, having tech all around me in my Tablet playground my current FAV's are iPad/ iPad2, followed by the Motorola Xoom [Big fan of Google] and just over the weekend I started to play with the new BlackBerry Playbook and at first impression ... I like it.

RTF is designing a solution to protect the HP Slate in retail stores by utilizing our two claw Vise3 system. This mechanical claw will lock to the PC Tab and be electronically secured with a merchandise alarm that alerts staff to theft. With our pre theft technology built into every RTF system before the cable is cut the siren will sound and the theft thwarted.

Currently RTF has loss prevention solutions to help secure and protect the iPad/ iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and the Blackberry Playbook.

Contact RTF Global for more details - 888.826.7773 or visit Facebook and follow RTF for the latest developments.

RTF Global - Retail Loss Prevention Systems to secure expensive consumer electronics mechanically while charging and alarming the merchandise and triggering Interactive Digital Media content to LCD Monitors

RTF's Anti-theft system powers and protects Smartphones, iPhones, Tablets, e Readers, GPS Navigation and digital cameras


  1. Looks like another article by an Apple fanboy. The HP slate does NOT require the stylus, but does offer the option to take advantage of the handwriting recognition features in Windows 7. It also runs a full version of Office (so you can do something productive, not just play Angry Birds) and (gasp!) it will also PRINT. If all you want is a toy, grab an iPad. If you want a handy device that can do fun stuff AND still be productive, take a look at the slates.

  2. We agree that the slate is more of a PC Tab, running Windows, Office with the ability to print and save files. There is no love lost for the Slate other than the overall feel of operating the HP is more PC based than the new feeling of interacting with a Apple iPad or Motorola Tab running Android.


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