TechBargains Review - HP Touchpad Tablet (32GB Version)
17 April 2014
Summary: It's unfortunate, but we were really torn when it came to the Touchpad. It has great technical specs and really delivers on its promise of Flash integration. Even better, WebOS 3.0 has a ton of promise for users because of its multitasking and its navigation functions.
Pros: Look and Feel:, Speakers:, Flash:, Battery Life:, WebOS Navigation and Multitasking:
Cons: Very Slow Speed:, Look and Feel:, Extremely Limited App Market:, Overreliance on HP Devices:
Excerpt: HP TouchPad 4G is the version of HP's tablet that will be offered by AT&T. Aside from the built-in 3G radio, rest of the specs are unchanged and include such things as 9.7-inch 1024x768 pixels touchscreen, GPS, Bluetooth and a microSD memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Excerpt: Here lies the infamous HP TouchPad – on my desk. After using it for a couple of days and reviewing past WebOS devices such as the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus . I just had to try out the latest, greatest and the last WebOS device, the HP TouchPad (Pre 3 you’re next!).
Excerpt: The wait is finally over folks. HP has announced a Web OS 3.0 runnin’-tablet called the the TouchPad, and it looks mighty fine. Its 9.7-inch, 1024×768 XGA multitouch screen, 16 or 32GB of storage, 1.5 pound weight, and 13mm thickness should seem familiar.
Conclusion: Without the performance issues and bugs, the TouchPad would likely be my favorite tablet on the market today. I've been begging for a tablet that lets me be more productive and HP delivered that with the TouchPad.
Conclusion: The HP TouchPad is a two-part story, first the brand new webOS 3.0 and second the tablet hardware it's launching on. webOS itself is everything we hoped it would be on a larger touchscreen, the slick multitasking system, unobtrusive notifications and neatly designed core apps all-scaling perfectly...
Pros: One of the first platforms to have a tablet-optimized Facebook app — take that, Apple. Pair with a Pre 3 or Veer smartphone to receive texts or calls on the tablet itself. JustType navigation bar allows for quick device search from the home screen.
Cons: No back-facing camera means no awkward tablet picture-taking, for better or for worse. Beta version of Flash runs like an alpha version of Flash. No SD card slot means no room for easy expansion. Bundled QuickOffice app has difficulty displaying Google Docs. No tabbed browsing? For shame.
Conclusion: The HP TouchPad has some great features, the OS is very intuitive, especially social networking and email integration is excellent. Flash support, multitasking and are welcome too and Pivot is a fantastic idea. However, ultimately it’s big, heavy and a little slow.
Conclusion: With solid hardware and a user-friendly operating system based around multitasking and intuitive organization, the HP TouchPad is the best non-Apple tablet we've tested. There aren't a lot of apps yet, but Android Honeycomb tablet manufacturers should be a little nervous.
Pros: Top-notch, intuitive user interface. Fast performance. 9.7-inch, 4:3 screen excellent for video and photos. Synergy features make integrating with social networks and websites easy. Strong Facebook app.
Cons: App is selection is limited at launch. No rear-facing camera or video-recording capabilities. Screen sometimes needs multiple taps. Almost twice as thick as the iPad 2.