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HP TouchPad review

 

HP announced its first WebOS based tablet, the TouchPad , in February.

HP has finally released the device and it has gone through the all important gadget review process.

The reviews have been decent to good. Whilst WebOS is one of the more advanced mobile OSs out there, the TouchPad as a product somewhat pales in comparison to its inevitable comparison, the iPad2.

The product has many pluses, such as the WebOS operating system which renders well in a tablet environment. That said, there is an incomplete feel to it in comparison to the iPad. Love em’ or hate em’, Apple does have a slick way of putting out a product and making it look complete (contrary to popular belief, there are holes in OS upon release).

HP appears to have done a decent job with its first tablet. Now, what it needs is to promote it well and put it out there to the customer.

These are the reviews of the TouchPad courtesy of  Ars Technica and Engadget.

HP’s WebOS strategy

 

HP announced at the WebOS will be making its way to PCs at the end of the year.

HP is clearly thinking of the WebOS as a vertical OS system. They see the power of controlling the destiny of the software and hardware and they are now aligning themselves for a new future. A future that will be WebOS centric.

It is going to be an interesting future indeed.

Engadget interviewed WebOS’s captains, Jon Rubinstein and Steven McArthur and the interview can be accessed via this link.

HP Veer

The HP Veer is akin to a Pre Nano with a 2.6 inch display.

It may appeal to mobile phone users who wish to have an easily pocketable device.

Here are the specs:

Color

Black

Operating system

HP webOS

Network specs3

HSDPA 7.2/HSUPA 5.76
Quad-band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
GSM/GPRS/EDGE

Display

2.6-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 320×400 resolution

Keyboard

Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard

Email4

Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft
Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)

Messaging5

Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS

GPS6

Built-in GPS (A-GPS)

Digital camera

5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture

Audio

Speakerphone; dual-mic for noise cancellation for quieter calls.

Sensors

Accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity

Media formats supported

Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity7

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication; Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support; Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.

Memory8

8GB (~6.5GB available)
USB mass storage support

Battery9

910 mAh (non-removable); up to 5.0 hours of talk time or 300 hours of standby time.

Connector

Charger/magnetic connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

Magnetic connector with 3.5mm stereo headset adapter included

HP Touchstone10

Compatible

Processor

Qualcomm MSM7230, 800Mhz

Dimensions

Width: 54.5mm (2.15 inches)
Height: 84.0mm (3.31 inches)
Thickness: 15.1mm (0.59 inches)

Weight

103 grams (3.63 ounces)

Click on this link for a hands on with the Veer, courtesy of the intrepid Engadget team.

HP Pre 3

Image Source: Engadget

 

The other star of the HP’s WebOS portfolio is the Palm Pre 3.

This is evolution of the Palm Pre 2 and this device sports a 3.58 inch screen with a design DNA of the Pre series.

The specifications are very compelling.

Color

Black

Operating system

HP webOS

Display

3.58-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color, 480×800 resolution WVGA display

Keyboard

Slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard

Processor

Qualcomm MSM 8×55 (1.4 GHz)

Email2

Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)

Messaging3

Integrated IM, SMS, and MMS

GPS4

Built-in GPS

Digital camera

5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (up to 720p) video recording, front VGA

Audio

Mono speakerphone; dual-mic noise cancellation

Sensors

Accelerometer, ambient light, proximity, and compass

Media formats supported

Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity5

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n 5GHz) with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication;
Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support; A-GPS;
Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot

Memory6

512MB RAM; choose from 8GB or 16GB internal storage
USB mass storage support

Battery

1230 mAh

Connector

Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

3.5mm stereo

HP Touchstone7

Compatible

Dimensions

Width: 64mm (2.52 inches)
Height: 111mm (4.37 inches)
Thickness: 16mm (0.63 inches)

Weight

156 grams (5.5 ounces)

Click on this link courtesy of Engadget for more information.

Image Source: Engadget

Hewlett Packard-Palm (now HP) was rumoured to have been developing a tablet device for sometime now. The device in question was called codenamed Topaz.

HP finally revealed the device, which is officially called the TouchPad.

I have been a fan of the WebOS operating system developed by Palm as it is a very advanced mobile OS. However, Palm failed to distribute the Palm devices to a wider market and as result, WebOS did not get the marketshare and mindshare it truly deserved. HP, with its capacity for large scale distribution has a golden opportunity to propel the new devices to a wider market.

WebOS on a tablet has always been an enticing prospect and HP has done exactly that with the TouchPad. The device is black and takes plenty of design cues from the Apple iPad.

The specifications are as follows ( Source: Palm US )

Color

Black

Operating system

HP webOS

Display

9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 1024×768 resolution display

Keyboard

Virtual keyboard

Email1

Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)

Messaging2

Integrated IM and SMS

GPS3

A-GPS (3G models only)

Digital camera

Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling4

Sensors

Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyroscope

Media formats supported

Audio formats: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264

Wireless connectivity5

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication;
Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support

Memory6

Choose either 16GB or 32GB internal storage

Battery

Rechargeable 6300 mAh (typical) battery

Connector

Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed

Headphone jack

3.5mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone jack

Speakers

Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio

HP Touchstone for TouchPad7

Compatible

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz

Dimensions

Width: 240mm (9.45 inches)
Height: 190mm (7.48 inches)
Thickness: 13.7mm (0.54 inches)

Weight

Approximately 740 grams (1.6 pounds)

The device is very formidable and has capabilities that rival and would probably best the upcoming iPad2.

HP needs to attract developer attention and it should be aggressive in marketing the device beyond the shores of the US of A.

Click on this link for a video demo of the Touchpad courtesy of Engadget.

Also check this link for direct comparisons to the current Apple iPad, once again courtesy of Engadget.

From left to right : Palm Veer, Palm Pre 3 , TouchPad

 

 

HP-Palm introduced a new portfolio of devices last week.

These include the Palm Veer,  Palm Pre 3 and the TouchPad.

These devices sport the HP logo. Palm, as brand is now gone.

Palm is dead, long live HP!