Little Things Add Up to Irritations
There are several little things about the Slate 500 that can be irritating. For example, when the orientation is changed from vertical to horizontal, or vice versa, the image on the screen disappears while the change is made. There is the daunting feeling that maybe the unit has crashed; when the image does return, you breathe a sigh of relief. Making images larger or smaller by opening or closing two fingers or more across the screen is not nearly as smooth as the iPad. This was among the most disappointing attributes of the Slate 500. The image was slow to change sizes-very slow-and when it did change, the result often wasn't what was desired, and the type we were trying to read wasn't readily located.Granted, any touch screen would turn out second-best to Apple's. But there's no question that a user will have to employ an entirely different touch approach in working with a Slate 500; the touch control is different and it's simply not as responsive as an iPad. HP Website and buy it there.
Because the Slate 500 screen is smaller than an iPad's, many people are going to want to increase the size of the Website content they're reading more often. If all Slates are as slow-moving as the one we tested, HP is going to have to answer to a lot of frustrated users.