HP TouchPad

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Palm faithful and newcomers alike, behold: the TouchPad review. For some, this has been years in the making, for others (honestly, for most) this is a new and potentially interesting blip on the tablet radar. The team that brought you webOS — for better or worse — has now graduated the platform to pad status, with the help (and cash) of HP. According to the company, the TouchPad marks the kickoff of its hard push into the hearts and minds of the slate-buying public, as well as a rebirth of...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.54 inches
Weight 1.6 pounds
Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inches
Operating system webOS
Launch OS version 3
CPU brand Qualcomm
CPU family Snapdragon
RAM size 1 GB
Wireless charging Yes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 9.45 inches
Width 7.48 inches
Thickness 0.54 inches
Weight 1.6 pounds
Color Black
Speakers Stereo

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 9.7 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution (X) 1024 px
Resolution (Y) 768 px
PPI 132
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system webOS
Launch OS version 3

Processor

CPU brand Qualcomm
CPU family Snapdragon
CPU model APQ8060
Clock speed 1.2 GHz
Cores 2

GPU

Brand Qualcomm
Model Adreno 220

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 32 GB, 16 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR

Front Camera

Effective pixels 1.3 megapixels

Ports

Headphone 3.5mm
Data connections Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 6300 mAh
Removable No
Quoted use time 8 hr
Wireless charging Yes

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7.4

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  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 5
  • Dock 8

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by M. Ryan Norris (Currently owns)

    I really want to like the TouchPad. I do. It's just that it's so hard to like it now. At this point in time, it would be fair to call the TouchPad a novelty, one of the last products to come out of the house formerly known as Palm.

    The hardware has a good shape, it just has the wrong materials. This is a tablet that has to be in a case. It's a good thing then, that HP made one of the best tablet cases ever made with their folio case. And the Touchstone stand / dock is still so good after all this time.

    Unfortunately, the App Catalog never really went anywhere at all and one could count all the good apps on it with one hand. It's that bad. And since there will likely not be any more updates to the software, the only things that the TouchPad is good for now are basic internet browsing and email / messaging.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by for tolerance (Currently owns)

    Wow I just tested it again.
    The screen is practically the iPad (1 & 2) screen. The design is a little plastiky but okay to hold.
    It only has a mediocre front facing camera but I can not think of any situations where I would want the take photos or film with something that big.
    I love the stereo speakers and it´s outstanding Software which is incredibly powerful on the Multitasking front. Something no one else got it.
    Battery life is okay with 8 hours and things like the touchstone are just great.
    The only thing it lacks is the app store front. Well, angry birds works perfectly.

    Good

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by Scape3d (Currently owns)

    WebOS works wonderfully well in tablet form. The ecosystem (lack of apps) is one of, if not the only thing holding the Touchpad back from the competition.

    Outside of this review, I would like to comment on the Cyanogen team working wonders on getting Android ported to the Touchpad. I am currently running the Alpha 3 of Cyanogen/Android and it works beautifully outside of a few issues here and there. I use the Touchpad daily running Android and I couldn't be happier, especially having picked one up during the firesale - 32gb version for $150.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by samjr33 (Currently owns)

    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The WebOS operating system is very intuitive and compares favorably with iOS 5 and Android Tablets Running Honeycomb. The only knock I have on the HP Touchpad is its relatively sparse App Store but that being said many apps I wish for aren't actually even needed because the content can be accesseed via the Flash supported browser (e.g. Mint.com). Zite is a must have app that just came to the HP Touchpad recently.

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    Reviewed by xd1936 (Currently owns)

    WebOS fanboy here.

    I think if you can find one of these for $100-$150, it's the perfect starter tablet for someone who hasn't used a tablet before. Yes, there are quirks with the software, and the plastic feel isn't great, but it's SO INTUITIVE.

    WebOS Multitasking is the most satisfying user experience for managing things... ever.

    My 8-year-old sister immediately understood how WebOS worked, without any instruction or prior experience, in under a minute. I think this says more than any opinion I could explain.

    The moral is: if you can find one cheap, don't hesitate. WebOS is great, the homebrew community is bar-none the best in mobile, and if you really get bored with it... don't worry. CyanogenMod 9 will be out in a month!

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by DillonLarson (Currently owns)

    Getting my TouchPad for $150 is one of the best deals I've ever secured. I--like many, I think--am still confused about how exactly HP managed to mess up webOS. The TouchPad is not extraordinary in any way, but its low price made it a complete steal. Although my TouchPad often stutters and acts slow, I really do love webOS. Although the App Catalog is severely underdeveloped, I love the idea and most of the execution of webOS. It really feels like a modern, connected operating system. Was the TouchPad worth $500? No. Not at all. Was it worth $150? I certainly think so.

    Good Stuff
    - Respectable design
    - webOS is an elegant and modern OS
    - Beats audio is pretty good
    - High quality apps (though there are few)
    - Battery life is fine
    - Good value (if you bought at $99-150)

    Bad Stuff
    - Hardware feels a bit cheap
    - Useless camera
    - App Catalog is seriously limited
    - webOS's future success/failure is unknown

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by alexblfc (Currently owns)

    I wanted to love the Touchpad, i really did; But... i just can't. I'll start with the good:
    -nicely made
    -decent camera
    -low price
    -good storage
    -speakers are very good

    The bad:
    -buggy software
    -slow performance
    -no ecosystem
    -poor app selection
    -no rear cam

    All in all it's a good tablet for £150 but nothing more.

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  • 7.0
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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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  • 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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    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.

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