HP ElitePad 900

By the time you read this, I’ll have packed the HP ElitePad 900 in the picture ready for return to HP. You didn’t think companies let us keep review products did you?

It’ll be missed.

Despite all the positive things I have to say about the ElitePad 900, here and in my earlier posts, I’m not planning to buy one.

That’s not a reflection on the tablet. The ElitePad 900 would sit near the top of my list if I needed to buy a new tablet. I don’t.

My Apple iPad 2 does everything I need in a tablet. I’m not willing to shell out the thick end of $1100 for something newer and glossier. At least not yet. There’s something obscene about tossing aside a perfectly serviceable complex device just because something newer and shinier appears.

And that’s where HP is likely to run into trouble selling the ElitePad 900. Early adopters already have tablets – most of them will be iPads. Those people will have invested in apps – admittedly not expensive – have learnt how to make the best use of their devices and how to fit them into their work processes.

Users need a compelling reason to dump iPads and buy ElitePads instead. Windows 8 will be a compelling reason for some users, Microsoft Office and the ability to run Windows apps will be the reason for others. It dovetails nicely with my Windows desktop and my Windows Phone 8 Nokia, but the iPad does a good job of working with them both as well.

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