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Reflecting on the HP Slate not being dead



Oh, HP Slate or, as you’re properly called, HP Slate 500 Tablet PC. Been a long road, more than ten months since you graced the stage at CES2010. In that time, you’ve died and come back more times than Michael Myers, providing me with quality distractions along the way. Here, I present the last of those distractions.

I had this one in the hole since the last bit of rumor, but I thought it might be a bit too “shocking”. The “HP Slate is dead” rumors started in April with a story by TechCrunch that was quickly shot down by, opening the door for the “I thought you were dead” game. That was followed by uncomfortable silence from HP, a sharp turnaround from their online media blitz which came to a sudden halt. I theorized that was due to the stunningly strong sales of the iPad, which should have forced everyone to rethink their tablet strategy. Word of an Android-based HP tablet followed. Then we heard more solid rumors about their webOS tablet.

Had a lot of fun with that, but I’m glad it’s over. Not only was I tired of waiting, but I’d run out of easy “I thought you were dead” references. Great to have the HP Slate officially on the not dead list. Here’s a gallery of the good times we had disputing the greatly exaggerated rumors of its demise.



  1. GTaylor

    10/22/2010 at 4:06 pm

    From HP Slate, “The news of my passing is premature.”
    How ever, should someone or something ever “kill” the i Fad remind me to post – “I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice note expressing my approval.”

  2. GoodThings2Life

    10/22/2010 at 6:51 pm

    I think the only news that will make me shy away from the HP Slate is the resurrection of Courier.

  3. ChrisRS

    10/23/2010 at 4:10 am

    HP SLATE: “I’m not dead! … I’m getting better! … I think I’ll go for a walk.”

    “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”
    Scene 2

    MORTICIAN: Bring out your dead!
    Bring out your dead!
    CUSTOMER: Here’s one — nine pence.
    DEAD PERSON: I’m not dead!
    MORTICIAN: What?
    CUSTOMER: Nothing — here’s your nine pence.
    DEAD PERSON: I’m not dead!
    MORTICIAN: Here — he says he’s not dead!
    CUSTOMER: Yes, he is.
    DEAD PERSON: I’m not!
    MORTICIAN: He isn’t.
    CUSTOMER: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.
    DEAD PERSON: I’m getting better!
    CUSTOMER: No, you’re not — you’ll be stone dead in a moment.
    MORTICIAN: Oh, I can’t take him like that — it’s against regulations.
    DEAD PERSON: I don’t want to go in the cart!
    CUSTOMER: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
    MORTICIAN: I can’t take him…
    DEAD PERSON: I feel fine!
    CUSTOMER: Oh, do us a favor…
    MORTICIAN: I can’t.
    CUSTOMER: Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won’t
    be long.
    MORTICIAN: Naaah, I got to go on to Robinson’s — they’ve lost nine
    CUSTOMER: Well, when is your next round?
    MORTICIAN: Thursday.
    DEAD PERSON: I think I’ll go for a walk.
    CUSTOMER: You’re not fooling anyone y’know. Look, isn’t there
    something you can do?
    DEAD PERSON: I feel happy… I feel happy.
    CUSTOMER: Ah, thanks very much.
    MORTICIAN: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
    CUSTOMER: Right.

    Here’s clip:

    And of course the musical version suitabel for a HP Tablet Demo !

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