By Harry McCracken | Monday, April 5, 2010 at 11:10 am
Today’s the first weekday of the post-iPad era, and HP is once again talking up its upcoming Windows 7-based slate computer. Here’s a video it released:
Looks slick–but it’s a lot easier to make a gizmo look slick in a promotional video than in real life, of course. (If only every car looked as good in a driveway as it does in TV commercials.)
The big question about the HP device is how much effort the company has put into putting a slate-oriented interface on top of Windows 7. As of the last time I asked Microsoft, it said it didn’t have plans to release a version of Windows 7 tailored especially for tablets. So it’s up to HP to make its device truly finger-friendly. With its TouchSmart PCs, the company has done a much better job than anyone else of figuring out how to integrate touch into the Windows experience. But as the iPad shows, tablets work best if their interface was designed for touch from the ground up, rather than being a desktop interface that’s been rejiggered for touch. And the iPad sets the bar very, very high.