It’s the first tablet running the webOS operating system.
Reviews around the Web and elsewhere mostly put it behind the iPad 2 (it shares many of the same specs, although size-wise, it’s more akin to the original iPad), but on a par or slightly ahead of the myriad Android tablet devices.
Many of the reviewers praise the software (which in some areas still appears to be half-baked), but fault the TouchPad’s hardware, dinging it for being a scant 139 grams (not quite 5 ounces) heavier and a mere 4.9 mm (one-fifth of an inch) thicker than the iPad 2.
Reviewers are also knocking the fingerprint-magnet, piano-black plastic back, but how many iPads have you seen that are not in a case?
They’re also pointing out the lack of tablet-specific webOS apps
compared to the iPad — about 300 for the TouchPad compared to 100,000
for the iPad. However, reportedly there are only about 232 Android
tablet-specific apps available, and those tablets have been around for a
couple of months now (although thousands of Android apps will scale up
to fit the tablets’ screens).
It’s also is lacking a rear camera.
are some things the TouchPad apparently does better than the other
guys: It displays Flash, which the Android tablets generally do, but the
iPad does not; it multitasks very easily; and does most tasks
wirelessly, including being able to charge wirelessly via the optional
It’s also capable of pairing with certain webOS phones for sharing capabilities.
TouchPad is Wi-Fi only (for now, a cellular-networked version is in the
works) and is available in 16GB ($499) and 32GB ($599) configurations.
San Jose Mercury News tech columnist Troy Wolverton gave the HP TouchPad a 7 out of 10. You can read his review here.