Page 1:HP's TouchPad Battles It Out With WebOS
Page 2:Meet HP's TouchPad
Page 3:webOS 3.0: Navigation And Notifications
Page 4:webOS 3.0: Email And Multitasking
Page 5:webOS 3.0: Media And Documents
Page 6:webOS 3.0: Screenshots And File Transfers
Page 7:webOS 3.0: Adobe Flash
Page 8:webOS 3.0: Synergy
Page 9:HP's App Catalog
Page 10:The Developer's Dilemma
Page 11:Third-Generation Snapdragon: The Dual-Core Scorpion
Page 12:The Adreno GPU: An AMD Bloodline
Page 13:Gamer Spotlight: HP TouchPad
Page 14:Display Quality: Color Gamut
Page 15:Display Quality: White And Black Uniformity
Page 16:Battery Life And Real-World Benchmarks
Page 17:Is The TouchPad An iPad Or Xoom Competitor?
Meet HP's TouchPad
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So far, first-generation tablets have tended to be both heavier and chunkier than their successors. The iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 are great examples of refined aesthetics only after a vendor nailed down core functionality. HP seems to suffer those same first-gen woes, though. At 1.6 pounds, the TouchPad is one of the heaviest tablets available. But this represents HP's first effort in the tablet market, and we're willing to overlook its heft.
Thickness Compared to AA Battery
|iPad 2 (3G)||Xoom||Iconia A500||TouchPad|
|Weight||1.33 lbs.||1.5 lbs.||1.65 lbs.||1.6 lbs.|
All of the Android tablets that we've seen thus far employ a wide-aspect (16:10) display, whereas the iPad uses a 4:3 ratio. As its product name suggests, Apple's solution is most often used like a pad of paper. Reading a Web site in portrait mode on an iPad feels as natural as reading off of a clipboard.
It's also possible to use wide-aspect tablets in portrait mode. However, you get less horizontal space to work in, making the experience a little awkward. Conversely, 16:10 works well for viewing videos, and that's where Motorola's Xoom and Acer's Iconia Tab A500 really shine.
In contrast, HP specifically markets the TouchPad as a more productivity-oriented tablet, which is why it follows in Apple's footsteps with a 4:3 screen.
While the TouchPad is supposed to be more enterprise-flavored, the external design is a professional's worst nightmare. Encased in glossy piano-black ABS plastic, the TouchPad's surface has a propensity to attract fingerprints. This makes it easy for a thin layer of oil to build up, which is a minor annoyance. But business devices really should adopt a cleaner matte finish, similar to Lenovo's ThinkPad line.
Bottom: USB port, Home Button
Top: Power Button, Microphone, and Headphone Port
Compared to the competition, HP's first-generation tablet shows up to this fight a little under-equipped. There is no rear-facing camera. You only get a modest 1.3 MP front-facing camera for video conferencing (via Skype, for example). And while, again, this tablet is geared toward professionals, there's no way to output video, which is a deficiency if you want to give presentations through the device.
The no-frills design has some drawbacks. For example, the volume rocker always behaves in the same way, no matter how you're holding the tablet. In order to increase volume, you always press away from the home button. However, with other tablets, increasing volume is always to the right or away from you. That helps make screen orientation more intuitive.
Left Side: Stereo Speakers
Top Right: Volume Rocker and Power Button
- HP's TouchPad Battles It Out With WebOS
- Meet HP's TouchPad
- webOS 3.0: Navigation And Notifications
- webOS 3.0: Email And Multitasking
- webOS 3.0: Media And Documents
- webOS 3.0: Screenshots And File Transfers
- webOS 3.0: Adobe Flash
- webOS 3.0: Synergy
- HP's App Catalog
- The Developer's Dilemma
- Third-Generation Snapdragon: The Dual-Core Scorpion
- The Adreno GPU: An AMD Bloodline
- Gamer Spotlight: HP TouchPad
- Display Quality: Color Gamut
- Display Quality: White And Black Uniformity
- Battery Life And Real-World Benchmarks
- Is The TouchPad An iPad Or Xoom Competitor?