Saturday, February 12, 2011

HP TouchPad

So the HP slate has been scrapped, but that doesn't mean HP has left the tablet market, enter the HP TouchPad. The recently released tablet from HP is running the same WebOS as the Palm Pre, as opposed to windows 7 which was to run on the slate. HP acquired Palm last year and since then has released the Palm Pre 2, and now is set to release the Palm Pre 3, and TouchPad. Like the BlackBerry Playbook's interaction with Blackberry handsets, so too will the TouchPad have interaction with the Pre 3. One feature shown off by HP was the ability to simply touch the Pre to the TouchPad to load the same webpage on your Pre as is loaded on the TouchPad. This is great if you have both devices or if you have friends with Pre 3's. HP has gone the route of the iPad in screen realestate, unlike many other soon to be released talets with 7" screens. Like most newly released tablets trying to compete for market space against the iPad, the TouchPad will also include compatibility for flash and html5. The TouchPad also comes with beats audio inside, which should prove to have superior audio quality compared to other tablets, and has a 1.2ghz dual cpu processor, which should add to the multitasking abilities. One other feature I like about the touchpad is the photos app. It allows you to view photos from your device, as well as Facebook, photobucket, and snapfish all in one location. However, the TouchPad includes only a front facing camera which can be used for video conferencing, but no rear facing camera, this is a bit of a draw back for me. The TouchPad looks like a great device, however pricing has yet to be announced which keeps me from making a buy/no buy decision. I'll post the specs below, and as always thanks for reading and check out my youtube channel @ berkvens852.

Operating system HP - webOS
Display - 9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 1024x768 resolution display
Keyboard - Virtual keyboard
Email1 - Microsoft® Exchange email with Microsoft Direct Push Technology
POP3/IMAP (Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, AOL, Hotmail®, etc.)
Messaging - Integrated IM and SMS
GPS - A-GPS (3G models only)
Digital camera - Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling4
Sensors - Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyroscope
Media formats supported:
Audio formats: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP, WAV
Video formats: MPEG-4, H.263, H.264
Wireless connectivity - Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication;
Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
Memory - Choose either 16GB or 32GB internal storage
Battery - Rechargeable 6300 mAh (typical) battery
Connector - Charger/microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Headphone jack - 3.5mm stereo headset/headphone/microphone jack
Speakers - Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio™
HP Touchstone for TouchPad Compatible
Processor - Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz
Dimensions Width: 240mm (9.45 inches)
Height: 190mm (7.48 inches)
Thickness: 13.7mm (0.54 inches)
Weight Approximately 740 grams (1.6 pounds)

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