There was a bit of panic when HP announced it will be sitting the first round of Win RT slates out. Without a coherent tablet plan for the future, HP may as well prepare for an early demise, but they’re supposedly brewing something related to the leftovers of WebOS. While doing so, they found the time to trash talk the Surface RT tablet.

It’s strange that Microsoft and HP are actually pretty solid partners and still HP PC business chief Todd Bradley had some mean works about the flagship MS tablet. He called Surface “hardly a competition” and “slow”. With the latter part we agree and so do most reviews on the web, most of them complaining about the long time it takes apps to open up. This week saw Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saying that the Surface has a modest start and all in all this is starting to feel like a bit of a botched product, if you ask me.

With HP and Acer both attacking Microsoft regarding the Surface theme, we have to wonder what’s going on between these companies and how well they understand the idea of partnership. Well, HTC and Nokia are trading blows when it comes to Windows Phone 8, so two partners of a company aren’t automatically partners themselves… Todd Bradley, the HP official pictured above has also said that the Surface is expensive, kludgey and has limited distribution. Do you agree?

  • allanw

    HP have no clue. Just ask them about the HP Touch Pad. The reson Surface exists is because they could not do a good job on design. My Surface rocks, I love it. I sold my HP Envy last week. Now there is a brick I no longer need.

  • DeianStancu

    RT tablets are generally slow products, they put too much pressure on ARM hardware. Microsoft overestimated this.

    But there comes Intel where others have failed, with Z2760 and Windows 8, not RT, it’s a win.
    Better battery life, Atom is 2W only, Tegra 3 is 5W-20W, depends on load. And performance is much higher on x86 either.

  • Davey

    “…and all in all this is starting to feel like a bit of a botched product, if you ask me”. Radu, do you even have a Surface tablet? Trust me, there is nothing botched about it. Most if not all the reviews were made before last weeks update, which addressed the performance issues. The only thing I could concede is that Microsoft did not manage the expectations of Windows RT. It is pretty much full Windows without the ability to install programs.

  • DeianStancu

    Well, if it’s full Windows without ability to install programs, it’s pretty useless, right? At least for now, until more apps emerge. And at decent prices.

  • Davey

    Having had one for a couple of weeks now I can assure you it is far from useless. Think of it as an iPad but with ALL the utilities of a windows PC.
    Granted the App selection is thin relative to iOS & Android (practically though there seems to be heaps to choose from already, enough to give you a headache). But with Windows 8 going onto every new netbook & laptop developers are getting stuck in.