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. Although the price is respectable at £399 for the 16GB version.
Excerpt: The Good Unique design Decent performance Intuitive interface Excellent display Loud speakers The Bad Thick and heavy Glossy finish attracts fingerprints Graphics sometimes lag Home button too small HP has made another attempt to establish itself in the tablet arena, transitioning webOS beyond smartphones in an attempt to compete with Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS.
Summary: This is going to sound like a broken record, but the TouchPad is yet another tablet that feels unfinished. The interface is more elegant and intuitive than what you'll find on Android Honeycomb tablets, and we appreciate the time-saving features such as Just Type. The TouchPad also produces louder audio than any other slate we've tested.
Pros: Multitasking-friendly interface, Powerful Beats Audio speakers, Integrated Skype video calling, Time-saving Just Type feature, Keyboard has dedicated number row, Can send and receive texts and phone calls when paired with webOS phone
Cons: Sluggish, buggy performance, Heavy and smudge-prone design, Lackluster apps/game selection, Below-average battery life, No tabbed browsing, Can't yet edit or create Office documents
Conclusion: Meeting these two requirements would put the TouchPad in a position to succeed. For now, we’ll take a pass, at least until a second-generation TouchPad or the day HP licenses webOS to Samsung.
HP TouchPad review: The HP TouchPad has plenty of potential, but suffers from a bulky, uninspiring design, a lack of third-party apps and questionable performance
Good Gear Guide.au
21 October 2011
Summary: It's a shame the HP TouchPad has so many issues in its current form, because it's an impressive device to use on the whole. It does boast some class leading features, and its interface is in our opinion the best we've seen on a tablet device. But a chunky design, sluggish performance, a lack of dedicated apps and software that is still very much a work in progress makes it tough to pick over competitors.
Pros: webOS UI suits tablet form factor, Core apps are well designed, Account support is impressive
Cons: Bulky and thick design, Sluggish performance, Limited third-party apps
Summary: We had high hopes for the HP TouchPad, and have been silently willing the tablet to be great since we first laid hands on it. In some respects it is; WebOS is a nifty operating system, and its take on tablet multitasking is as good (if not better) than that offered by Honeycomb flavoured Android. The TouchPad falls down though when it comes to performance. Despite packing a solid 1.2GHz dual-core processor, that extra CPU grunt is hardly ever in evidence.
Excerpt: The TouchPad, HP's webOS-based tablet, is finally here. Does it have what it takes to take on all the other tablets out there or is it already a has-been? Chris Finnamore flexes his fingers and finds out in our review.