The HP TouchPad is a 9.7 inch tablet priced at a level that's on par with the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab.
The TouchPad weighs around 1.65 pounds, which is heavier than the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom as well. The tablet has a 9.7 inch screen and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. It does not disappoint at all in terms of viewing, as the screen is beautiful and the display is excellent. It has terrific brightness, minimal glare and great viewing angles. This tablet is easy to use both inside and outside, and the great viewing angles mean that typing on the TouchPad is also fairly easy and straightforward.
In terms of performance, the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM means that it is very efficient and quick for loading applications, playing games, watching videos and browsing the internet. However, there are certain aspects to the tablet that are slow, such as the initial startup that takes around a minute, which is a lot compared to the 30 seconds that the iPad and Galaxy Tab take.
The one difference between the TouchPad and other tablets is the webOS system that is unique to HP. This device runs webOS 3.0, which is a tablet friendly version designed specifically for this device. It is fast, efficient, and has multi tasking capability as well. There are dedicated mail, calendar, music, web, video and gaming applications for this device. webOS also has unique Facebook and Twitter applications, and they are a step up on the generic smartphone and tablet applications for social networking found on most devices.
Overall, this tablet is a great alternative to the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab, with webOS's unique features making it a tempting device to own.
Need to Know: HP TouchPad
1. webOS version designed exclusively for tablets (The Good)
2. Fast application and internet performance (The Good)
3. Slow boot up (The Bad)
4. webOS lacks the rich App catalogs of its competitors (The Bad)