HP’s TouchPad tablet didn’t sell very many units at $499, but became the must-have tablet of 2011 when the company launched a fire sale and liquidated the tablet for prices as low as $99. So it’s not a huge surprise that HP’s decided to re-enter the tablet space this year with a budget model that’s supposed to be cheap.

Unfortunately according to one of the first reviews of the HP Slate 7, it looks and feels cheap, and there’s not much reason to buy one when you can get a Nexus 7 for $30 more (or a Chinese tablet for even less). Maybe HP will drop the price even lower soon in order to move units?

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One reply on “Lilbits (5-01-2013): HP Slate 7 reviewed, Apple still dominates tablet shipments”

  1. With all of the damage that HP did to it’s image with the failure of the HP Touchpad and declining sales of traditional PCs it’s amazing that they would release a new tablet that comes across as being so cheap. I purchased at Touchpad during the fire sale and use it daily (running Android under the CyanogenMod) but I doubt I would buy another HP product considering how little commitment they seem to have to their devices.

    I would probably go with a Nexus 7 (or ASUS 7″ – 10″ tablet) as prices drop down to the point that they’re reasonable devices for consuming data (tablets are NOT creation devices…)

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