HP TouchPad

8.0
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Reviewed by quarlow (Currently owns)

I love my TouchPad, it's an amazing device with an amazing price.

It's like an iPhone 3G was heated up, and stretched to a bigger size. It'e eerie how much it's like the iPhone 3G. Apple should have sued HP not Samsung. Down to the chrome bottons, overall profile shape, plastic finish. It's only missing the vibrate toggle, and the speakers are on the side not the bottom.

I am basing my review of the device on the $200 average price they are selling for now. At the $499 original price the review would be different.

It's running a 1.2GHz dual core chip (faster than the iPad 2), 1GB RAM (twice iPad 2), with 16 or 32 GB storage, 9.7" screen, and decent battery. The Touchstone dock is just cool. It's functional, easy, compact and gives that wow factor. They are ~$45 now, compared to $90 originally I think. The HP case is great too, and it still works on the Touchstone with the case still on it. I really like the feel of the case, and the versility of the standing options, while being sleek, and light, and good fitting.

webOS is great, I love webOS on the TouchPad. I didn't like it on the Pre Plus, I felt it was sluggish and just all around terrible. The TouchPad is everything the Pre was supposed to be performance wise, it's snappy, responsive, and elegant. The Cards multi-tasking is so intuitive and easy to use. For this reason I find I spend more time in webOS than Android (more on that later).

Ecosystem - yeah, this is a fail. The webOS store (HP App Catalog) is a ghost town, and should have an opening splash of a tumbleweed jumping across the screen. I gave it a 4 because you can load Android on the device really easily, and use Android apps. But, it's Gingerbread, so it's just phone apps scaled or stretched, not a good tablet experience. This should change when CM9 gets support on the TouchPad, but the first rule of CM is ... (all together) ... you don't ask for timelines. With ICS or even Honeycomb this device is the halo device at the $200 pricepoint.

I have fairly completely replaced my netbook with the TouchPad. It won't replace your primary computer, but no tablet will.

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  • Design 7
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Speakers 9
  • Performance 9
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 4
  • Dock 9
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