HP Slate 8 Pro Has A File Manager

Unlike the very, very basic User Guide PDF, HP has a site that provides more information about using the Slate 8 Pro.

This section is about the HP File Manager and contains this spoilsport — and rather WTF — notice:

HP File Manager displays in landscape mode only; the screen does not rotate to portrait mode, even with screen rotation enabled. Hold the tablet in landscape orientation while using HP File Manager.


Seriously, HP? You couldn’t be bothered to also give it Portrait Mode — the way most people will hold the tablet?

It will be a measure of how serious HP is about the Slate 8 Pro to see how soon they kick out an update to File Manager to give it Portrait Mode too. This is 2013 and Landscape-only is just inexcusable.

Same-day update: Someone at HP needs a slap. All of the words next to the icons — Refresh, etc — are superfluous. These are all Android conventions and people would understand the icons alone. Also, advanced users are the ones likely to use the File Manager, not novices, so the words are doubly superfluous. Delete the words and Portrait Mode is easily created. Also, shrink the icons for My Storage and SD Card. Those are just crazy big.


Filed under iPad Mini Clones

10 responses to “HP Slate 8 Pro Has A File Manager

  1. Eric

    I use my iPad mini in landscape mode most of the time. Unless I am reading a book. Certainly for mail, movies and webpages. Only a few of the games I use force portrait mode.

  2. Andry

    Suppose what RAM-memory 1Gb is small. And think what without 3G-4G and all others latest specifications, typical for the standart tablet, HP just make false start.

  3. E.T.

    This is not a big issue as there are excellent file manager apps, such as Astro,

  4. mr. bisch

    Can’t say I’ve seen this before on your blog. Here’s the datasheet for the slate.. http://www.shopping.hp.com/shopping/pdf/f4c55ua.pdf

  5. mr. bisch

    If you don’t my asking, this I also haven’t found on your blog and you seem to have similar interests in the tablets as myself (i.e. reading); but if you could share a thought or two on reading experience with iPad mini 2, if you have any?

    For me, it’s mini or HP, so would you suggest waiting on Pro 8 because of some unknown advantages compared to iPad (lower price, open system and memory card expansion I don’t consider much of advantage) or mini 2 is the good way to go as well?


    • mikecane

      I haven’t seen a Retina Mini yet. I hope to tomorrow. Will have a post of some kind then. For me, I need 2GBs of RAM and the microSD card slot plus the most horsepower available, so Slate 8 Pro.

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