HP TouchPad

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Reviewed by kweazy (Currently owns)

The HP Touchpad was the first and maybe last WebOS tablet. I did purchase mine during the initial fire sale in the summer of 2011, but I was previously looking at purchasing one prior to that. I watched the HP keynote, where they tried to go through the features of the product in an Apple-esk way (which they failed miserably at). It was hard to watch and embarrassing, but the OS still shined through. After I picked up the Touchpad and brought it home, I was very surprised by the quality of the packaging and the tablet itself. I loved how all of your services (gmail account, facebook account, twitter account, etc...) were all baked into the actually OS. The multitasking is genius. I still find myself trying to swipe apps away on my phone. It feels natural. The OS definitely has its flaws. The main reason I wanted a tablet was for school. I bought the Bluetooth keyboard and planned on taking notes in class and downloading PDF's from my schools blackboard. Big mistake. The biggest problem is the lack of good Word Processing apps. I found myself losing key moments in lectures to go back and correct something that auto correct would of picked up in word or another mobile OS. Downloading PDF's didn't work to well either. I would try and try, but WebOS doesn't support downloads from sites you have to log into like blackboard. So I ended up never taking it to school and using it as a web browser on the couch or in bed. The mail app is very lacking and sluggish even when over clocked. The tablet is great for $150 but for $500 I think there was still much to be improved. I think WebOS had a lot of potential and its sad that nothing more may come with WebOS goodness baked inside.

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