Excerpt: , the company’s proprietary mobile platform. But the real question is, when drawing down against other tablets, does HP have a winning hand?
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: 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.
Excerpt: The TouchPad is HP's first tablet effort running the webOS operating system that it acquired when it purchased Palm back in June of 2010. Many users and lovers of webOS's blend of beauty and functionality have been waiting with baited breath to see how it performs on a tablet.
Conclusion: Here we go again. As with the first Android Honeycomb tablets, we’re waiting for an OS update to improve performance and stability, and for more third party apps. Android has come a long way in a few months, and there are ebook apps including Kindle, Nook and Kobo, news apps, full Office suites and more to make for a complete experience. Will the same be true of the HP TouchPad? We don’t know, though HP promises more apps and an update to address the issues we mentioned.
Pros: Great OS, nice IPS display, wireless charging and phone comms.
Cons: Needs OS updates and tweaks, fingerprint magnet, no HDMI port.
Excerpt: The HP TouchPad is a 9.7 inch tablet priced at a level that's on par with the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab. The TouchPad weighs around 1.65 pounds, which is heavier than the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom as well. The tablet has a 9.7 inch screen and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. It does not disappoint at all in terms of viewing, as the screen is beautiful and the display is excellent. It has terrific brightness, minimal glare and great viewing angles.
Conclusion: HP's tablet offering brings a fresh option to the tablet market. The Touchpad has a nice design but is too thick and heavy compared to rivals. WebOS is a smooth operating system with great multitasking capabilities but currently has a poor selection of apps. Although we like the Touchpad we'll have to admit that the Ipad 2 is still the king of the tablets.
Pros: Performance, multitasking, screen quality.
Cons: App Catalogue selection, big and heavy., Nothing.
Excerpt: We've been looking forward to the Touchpad since we saw webOS demoed upon it back in January. HP is rather late getting into the tablet market, but its hoping that its unique operating system will give it the edge and let it compete with the iPad. Unlike the huge number of devices that use Google's Android OS, the Touchpad runs WebOS, which HP acquired when it bought Palm.
Conclusion: The HP TouchPad will be the perfect tablet for a lot of people. The points we love about webOS pour into HP’s tablet bringing with it an experience that rivals the iPad and the best from Honeycomb. The intuitive nature and the wide support of Synergy means that you don’t feel you are missing out on core features with the HP TouchPad. But it’s not all perfect. We have some stability quibbles and at times webOS wasn’t as slick as you’d expect.
Pros: Slick interface, intuitive, integration of existing accounts and services through Synergy, multitasking
Cons: Plastic build, question over speed of app development, only a front-facing camera