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    Surface Pro alternative?

    http://www.itpro.co.uk/644509/hp-eli...iew-first-look
    Note the optional battery pack gives up to 24 hours of run time.
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    That thing is pretty cool. I wonder how much it will set you back?
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    Yes, but does it offer a built in 3 or 4G network capability.
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    Like Surface Pro, no 3G or 4g. If you really want it, you would have to get a portable hot spot device.

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    Quote> Users can also opt for a 3G enabled product – so it does not need to be tethered on the move. <quote end

    Have buy the more expensive model I expect.
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    Specs here.
    HP Wireless Hotspot is said to be built in. Screen resolution is not high enough for WinRT Snap. Processor is dual-core Atom, which is not as powerful as ARM. Memory seems comparable to SurfaceRT, not Slate Pro. Slate Pro uses full-scale core-i5.

    For the price, this seems to compete more with the SurfaceRT than the Slate Pro. This is not going to scare Microsoft at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobprimak View Post
    Memory seems comparable to SurfaceRT, not Slate Pro. Slate Pro uses full-scale core-i5.

    For the price, this seems to compete more with the SurfaceRT than the Slate Pro. This is not going to scare Microsoft at all.
    What is Slate Pro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    What is Slate Pro?

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    Incorrectly referenced as Surface Pro, Slate Pro is the real name of the Microsoft tablet which runs Windows 8 Pro.

    Update: It seems that since last time I had checked the Web there was a change in the naming of the Surface Tablets. This shows how much I DO NOT CARE about these devices.
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    Accoding to Microsoft, the real name is Suface with Windows 8 Pro:
    http://www.microsoft.com/Surface/en-...ows-8-pro/home

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobprimak View Post
    Slate Pro is the real name of the Microsoft tablet which runs Windows 8 Pro.
    Not in the real world.

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    I have been using the terminology Surface RT and Surface Pro. I believe this adequately expresses the difference of the 2 tablets.
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    Current terminology: Surface is the general term for both tablets. Surface for Windows 8 Pro is the one with Windows 8. Surface for Windows 8 RT is the one which has Windows 8 RT. I really don't care, as the Pro version is vastly overpriced and the RT version doesn't run Win32 freeware programs. Both tablets are totally irrelevant to me.

    Update: Slate was the brand name Samsung was proposing for their Windows 8 tablets awhile ago. Nexus 7 Slate is one example of a Samsung branded tablet which uses the Slate name. Slate Pro would have been Samsung's version of the Surface Pro. But for some reason, Samsung never made a Slate Pro. Possibly they realized they could never produce a Windows 8 Pro tablet device at a price anyone would want to pay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobprimak View Post
    Current terminology: Surface is the general term for both tablets. Surface for Windows 8 Pro is the one with Windows 8. Surface for Windows 8 RT is the one which has Windows 8 RT. I really don't care, as the Pro version is vastly overpriced and the RT version doesn't run Win32 freeware programs. Both tablets are totally irrelevant to me.
    Agree with both points. You could get a nice laptop for what a Surface Pro will cost

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    I have done further research into the restrictions which Windows 8 RT imposes, and I am appalled. I wouldn't touch such a closed ecosystem with a ten-foot polecat. What I fear is that most consumers aren't doing this level of research and are getting stuck with Windows RT tablets, not knowing that they can only run Microsoft Store Apps, and cannot run browsers other than IE 10 Metro-style. The statement a long time ago by a Microsoft attorney that "Windows RT isn't Windows anymore" is beginning to really sink in with me now.

    Not that Apple's iOS on the iPad is any more open -- it isn't. I wouldn't touch that overpriced and over-restricted ecosystem either.
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