HP mimics, mocks iPad with Slate demo video

HP's demo of its touch-screen tablet is an homage to Apple, but highlights the Slate's Adobe Flash compatibility.

While we still don't know when Hewlett-Packard's Slate will be for sale, thanks to two new videos, we certainly know more about how HP feels about Apple.

Just hours after Apple revealed the first iPad commercial , HP has followed with a pair of video demos showing off its own touch-screen tablet, the Slate.

The first video, embedded below, feels remarkably similar to Apple's own ad, just sped up and with backing music that's a little harder-edged than Apple's usual choice of cutesy indie pop. Like the iPad as well as iPhone and iPod Touch ads, the demo features just the screen and a pair of hands swiping and pressing the Slate's screen. The similarity between the demo videos of the two competing devices is made easier considering that the iPad and the Slate also look a lot alike. Check out the video, and you can judge for yourself:

A second video takes a shot at one of the iPad's shortcomings: lack of support for Adobe Flash. Apple has publicly traded barbs with Adobe over the stability of the mobile version of the software used by many Web sites to play online video. HP is choosing to use this to its advantage .

On HP's Voodoo product blog where the videos were posted, the company specifically calls out Flash , titling the blog post, "The HP's Slate Device Runs The Complete Internet -- Including Flash!" Without referencing Apple directly, the company also says about the Slate, "With this slate product, you're getting a full Web browsing experience in the palm of your hand. No watered-down Internet, no sacrifices." There's also a video of someone from Adobe explaining how Flash works on mobile platforms like the Slate.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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