Loading Android, which by definition is a mobile operating system, on a full-fledged laptop is sure a wacky idea, and many of you probably expected HP’s SlateBook 14 to end up vaporware. But look here, the experimental Jelly Bean-running notebook is now up for grabs at $430 a pop.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Why spend so much on a glorified physical keyboard-sporting tablet when you can get Chromebooks for half the price? Well, let’s call it an investment in a better, more diverse tomorrow.
There’s really only one way to stimulate Microsoft into driving Windows forward, and that’s breaking its monopoly and supplying competition. Chrome OS is doing that, and soon enough, Android could help too.
Besides, if you move past the platform’s inherent limitations, the SlateBook 14 is a pretty bitchin’ machine hardware-wise. The 14-inch screen boasts Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution, a state-of-the-art quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 chip handles the raw speed business, and the battery is rated at a whopping 9 hours of continuous use.
Sure, it’d have been nice to get north of 2 GB RAM, and maybe a larger-than-16 GB SSD, but when you take into account the elegant, playful design, plus the Beats Audio sound system, you likely end up fairly satisfied, as long as there’s green blood running through your veins.