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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Can it play a decently presented game of solitaire? Can it do very much, offline?

July 30, 2011 @ 12:47 PM


Only tablets I use are Tylenol or Advil.

July 30, 2011 @ 7:13 PM


I had an idea that my wife might get me an iPad foe christmas and hoped that she wouldn't. 8 months later and I almost almost never use a computer, aside from putting music or photos on the iPad. The magazine reference is sound Mike. Touch of a button and it's up and running.

@Andrew : funny

July 30, 2011 @ 9:36 PM


I had an idea of numerous potential gifts last Christmas. Instead I got nothing much except, maybe, socks. And I've got socks from prior years still never yet worn.

July 30, 2011 @ 11:28 PM


Great review, Mike, thanks.

I have the same keyboarding issues as you do. I am relatively fast on a real pc keyboard, but on my phone, even with an extra large android app keyboard, my "typing" speed really sucks.
Overall I'm finding the new phones and tablets to be FUN!

July 31, 2011 @ 1:00 PM

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