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.
Conclusion: We’re not sure why the HP TouchPad was released; it simply is not ready for prime time yet. More capable than the BlackBerry PlayBook, which still has no email or calendar support, the TouchPad is bulky, heavy, and there isn’t a place on it that won’t get smudged to death by fingerprints. Don’t even bother cleaning it. While we can forgive fingerprints and even the lack of a rear camera, it’s obvious that webOS hasn’t yet been optimized to run on this machine.
Pros: Decent battery life, Intuitive and unique OS, Great screen size and shape
Cons: No rear camera, webOS is sluggish, App design is sloppy, Tries too hard to mimic the iPad, Heavy and bulky, Fingerprint magnet
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: As a hardware device, it’s competitive and solid. The software is impressive — it sports webOS , the company’s proprietary mobile platform. But the real question is, when drawing down against other tablets, does HP have a winning hand?
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.
Excerpt: HP is the latest PC maker to jump into tablets - and in entering the market, it has immediately become the latest tablet maker to land under Apple's shadow. The HP TouchPad is the first tablet based on the WebOS mobile operating system , which HP acquired when it purchased Palm a year ago.
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.