HP TouchPad

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Reviewed by kalikot (Currently owns)

The HP Touchpad can be summarized in 1 word: Potential. It's a competent tablet with a dual boot of webOS and Android (currently running Gingerbread via CM7)

I will concentrate on software on this review, but as for the hardware: plasticky, hefty, great speakers and wonderful sound quality on headphone out (Wolfson DAC) and average LCD screen.

Potential that was never fulfilled due to webOS, and potential that might be fulfilled with a full port of ICS on it.

webOS is a pleasure to use, the gestures and wonderful multitasking options make it a very competent tablet OS. Swipe up to switch cards, swipe up to close cards (Cards are basically "Windows"), it's a joy and very intuitive and I wish Android and IOS had that. And apps run in the background, so you can multitask while leaving a video running there. So why is it wasted potential?

webOS is buggy and sluggish. I've had problems setting the device up after a factory reset and had to use the webOS doctor application on the PC to reformat it. It's sluggish when you have lots of Cards open and has some performance issues, and of course the main problem is lack of apps. It also takes forever to boot up compared to CM7

There is no official twittter client, the Facebook Tablet app is slow, and alot of apps are running in a phone emulator since they dont support the Touchpad. It's basically a pretty good browser with flash! and almost nothing else.

The CM7 port is still on an Alpha but it runs surprisingly well. It's almost like I pity the Touchpad for not having this in the first place as it has almost all the missing features that webOS lacks. Unfortunately, Gingerbread is very unwieldy on a 10 inch device and it's really annoying to use especially when multitasking. Nevertheless almost all the apps that webOS doesnt have is on Android which is a saving factor.

I will probably trade my Touchpad in for something that natively runs a tablet Android OS, but maybe one day dalingrin and the other devs can get ICS running perfectly on the Touchpad. Only until then will the Touchpad's potential be unleashed.

It's sad that HP released such a half-assed product. The internals are great, the hardware build is mediocre and the software is mediocre.

I still use it daily and I owe it to them for making me experience having a tablet. It's something I owe to their fire sale. It's a no brainer at $99 especially with Android.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 7
  • Display 7
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Speakers 9
  • Performance 8
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 6
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