HP Slatebook 14 first impressions
I've received my HP Slatebook 14 today, i.e. a full-size Android laptop.
-The screen only appears to be 18bpp, not 24bpp, whereas Android has used 24/32bpp since Gingerbread. Given how HP advertises it as "Vivid" and "Vibrant", this is a very big disappointment.
-The combination of touchscreen, trackpad and keyboard is odd and will take a bit of time to get used to. There are some strange behaviors here and there, e.g. trying to open the notification panes with the trackpad is clunky. Generally speaking, Android and Android apps still have some progress to make to properly support such a form factor, with some major issues and some minor ones.
-Font rendering leaves to be desired. Kerning and thicknesses are inconsistent. I'm guessing that Roboto isn't meant for mdpi screens.
-Portrait-only applications get displayed between big vertical black bars. That works, though obviously with a much smaller screen size.
-Google+ displays content across 5 columns, which is beautiful as it occupies the whole width of the screen. The apps is quite slow, though, though not nearly as much as the web version.
-Google Maps is beautiful, but not very smooth. Tegra 4 is definitely behind Snapdragon 800 on that one.
-Ironically, HP's own website doesn't recognize it as a laptop in Chrome and serves the phone version. Chrome itself seems fast.