HP TouchPad Tablet PC

I Couldn't Save the HP TouchPad

wirelessJust a few weeks ago, HP gave me a TouchPad. Alas, I was unable to save the tablet. Earlier today, less than two months after it was launched, HP announced that it is discontinuing the TouchPad.

It's a fun product, and I enjoy using it, despite the lack of apps, but being a fun product in this space isn't nearly enough. It has to give consumers a reason to choose it over the iPad. When I was given my TouchPad, it was $549 at Costco. Why spend $549 for a TouchPad when you can spend that money and get an iPad 2?

Since the prices were similar, the TouchPad had to be revolutionary. Instead, it was just an iPad wannabe. Expensive iPad wannabes are going to be in tough against... well... against the iPad.

I'm sorry I couldn't save the HP TouchPad. If Motorola is reading this, I'm quite interested in trying your Xoom. I promise to do better this time.

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My HP TouchPad Tablet (So Far)

hp touchpadThe good folks at HP were nice enough to give me a TouchPad Tablet PC, and I'm finally getting around to seeing what she's made of.

I didn't already own a tablet PC. I alternate between a desktop running Ubuntu Linux and my work issued laptop which still runs Windows XP. Already, I find the tablet more accessible. It's like an always current issue of your favourite magazine just sitting on the table waiting for you to pick it up and absorb.

This HP TouchPad runs on webOS, which is new to me. It looks good, is easy to multi-task and seems pretty quick. I've spent some time with an iPad, and I own an iPod Touch, so I understand the importance of apps to a device like this. The TouchPad is still missing a number of apps you'd get with an iPad, but I did find an app called Spaz for Twitter.

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Here's a shot of how the muliti-tasking works. A flick of the finger and I can toggle open activities.

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And yes, this tablet plays Flash. Here I am listening to some new Kanye and Jay-Z.

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On the app front, I've found a good one for Twitter and Facebook. I'm still using Google Reader and Google+ in the browser. The email app works fine, but I'd like a good Gmail app for that.

I have noticed that the tablet is great for reading, listening and watching, but when it comes to writing, I'm still reaching for my laptop. I could have written this entry on the TouchPad, but I didn't. My typing speed on a keyboard is still way faster, so I'm only using the TouchPad for single sentence email replies and tweets.

I'll touch base (no pun intended) later to let you all know how it's going. I still need more time with this thing, but so far so good. We just need more apps.

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Fred Patterson Update, My HP TouchPad and Load Times

radioAs we discussed during this weekend's Open Mike, Freddie P is out as Program Director for the Corus cluster of stations in Peterborough. Here's an update from the man himself.

I will also think about the next step, and besides talking to a couple of people who have reached out already, I will huddle with a former humble partner and map strategy on an exciting project.

If you're keeping score at home, both Humble and Fred are currently unemployed, causing many to speculate as to what's next for the duo I awoke to throughout the 90s. I promise to post everything fit for public consumption right here.

In other news, I dropped by HP Canada headquarters this morning to pick up my new TouchPad. I'm going to try and break this sucker, and I'll share my experience here. So far, it looks pretty slick.

just got a touchpad from hp to break - this will be fun

And finally, in this 3-for-1 update, many of you have experienced longer-than-usual load times for this site. I'm having a little trouble duplicating the delay, but I've heard from enough of you that I'm confident there's an issue. If you're feeling the delay, comments with lots of detail will help me resolve the issue.

That's all for now. Happy Monday, y'all.

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