New mobile phone launches—whether online or in the real world —are an extravagant affair these days, generating a lot of media buzz and curiosity among the consumers. The same amount of excitement, however, is absent whenever a tablet debuts in the marketplace. There are exceptions of course; a new tablet computer from Apple or Samsung generates excitement even before the actual launch date. The key point is this: the smartphone is the preferred medium for work and leisure-related activity. No wonder, smartphones have steadily cannibalised the tablet market.
What if you want to watch a movie or listen to a new song from YouTube on a screen bigger than your mobile phone’s, or attend to some late night office-related work from the comfort of your home—then a big screen tablet comes in handy. Sensing a market opportunity, the American technology major Hewlett-Packard is hard-selling its HP Omni 10—which is a Windows tablet announced in the market with their partner Microsoft.
Wait a minute here, did I hear Windows on a tablet? Does it work? Well, I am a daily user of my Kindle Fire HD tablet, occasionally use my better half’s Apple iPad and have reviewed a number of Android tablets. Therefore, it was difficult for me accept that Windows—software made for proper laptops and desktops—actually works on a small, light, portable hand-held touchscreen. With this thought at the back of my mind, I engrossed myself in knowing the new HP device from close quarters. Believe me, there’s not much to complain about the new HP innovation. Read on to find out.
Priced at R29,990, the versatile HP Omni 10 tablet is as productive at work as it is playful at home. It is powered by the speedy Intel Atom processor Z3000 series and 2 GB of memory for excellent multitasking capabilities, and its 10.1-inch full high definition touchscreen delivers crystal-clear widescreen viewing angles. And with upto 8.5 hours of battery life, the Omni 10 is the perfect solution for working and playing on your terms.
Out of the box, the HP Omni tablet comes across as a sturdy device. Switched on, the tablet is instantly
responsive and incredibly fast. It is very easy to set up too. Its full HD screen is made with Gorilla Glass 3, which ensures improved durability and scratch protection, and is up to three times more damage resistant than Gorilla Glass 2.
The first thing that strikes us straight