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I have never really been a fan of tablets, but, as I saw that the tablet market was rising, and the average price of tablets were falling rapidly, I decided it might be time to try one out. I filtered out all the expensive ones, such as the iPads, and the Windows Tablets. I thought that I had to go for an android tablet, since they were the cheapest, but they also lacked the certain amount of professional quality, design, and performance I required. When I found this, I decided to filter it out because of its ridiculous price tag, and that would be the end of it.
A few weeks later, I heard that HP would be discontinuing all WebOS products, following the mass liquidation of all the products they were meant to sell. I found the HP Touchpad on the list, at an incredible price of Eighty Nine Pounds, and that's when I got curious.
I looked around, and saw the specs, ahead of its time and beating all of its competition in almost all of the departments, and definitely in price. I just managed to snatch one while both the price AND the demand was low, and since I ordered with Amazon, the delivery was very sharpish.
It arrived, I opened the packaging, and saw it in all its pristine beauty. It came fully charged, and I had bought it with the wireless dock charger (you simply place it on the rubbery stand and it charges without being plugged in. It is also a standard dock, but if you don't op for the stand, it has a standard micro USB cable.).
The booting, I have to admit, was EXTREMELY slow, but once booted up, you are introduced to a beautiful user interface, everything where it should be, extremely intuitive. But WebOS is outdated, the apps are limited, and the device is thick.
I've had the HP Touchpad for almost a year now and it still never disappointed me. Even though HP's OS operating system for this tablet is not popular, it doesn't mean this tablet will be a disappointment. You can download songs, movies, games, podcasts, etc., just like an Android tablet or an iPad. I usually use this tablet for general purposes like basic web browsing, email checking, etc.
The features I liked about the HP Touchpad is the quality touch screen. It's has a light touch sensor which means you wont have to press hard to select what you want. The screen is also very durable and pretty scratch resistant. I really love the way HP added animations to every portion you touch.
I also love the built-in applications that come with the tablet. They are very stylish and interactive rather than Apple's boring interfaces. Some built-in applications include video player, song player, calendar, photo album, video chat, mail, web browser, etc.
Overall, the HP Touchpad is a great, fun, and interactive tablet everyone must love!
Like the others who have reviewed this product already, I snatched one of these HP Touchpads on the cheap when HP announced that they were being discontinued. I hadn't really been looking for a tablet at that point in time but as they were selling for £89, it was an opportunity too good to miss.
So, the Touchpad arrived and I carefully unpacked it from the well presented packaging. The glossy black appearance on both the back and front of the Touchpad give it a classy look and the feel of the device gives the impression of good build quality. One of the first things I noticed when lifting up the device for the first time was the weight. It was an is heavier than I anticipated although you soon get used to this - it's not so heavy that you can't hold it comfortably. In terms of size, it's around the same as an iPad and the 9.7 inch screen is about the perfect size for a tablet. You'll find little in the way of physical buttons on the Touchpad - one on the top for the Power/Standby, two on the side for controlling the volume and one on the front for on-screen navigation. The result is a sleek but functional product.
After gleefully examining my new purchase, I put together the charger supplied with the device, plugged it in and found a little note on-screen to say that my device wasn't charging fully using the current charger. A bit perplexed, I looked online to find out what was wrong and soon found that it was a common problem with the charger. In most cases, it seems the problem is the USB lead that connects between the device and the charging plug itself. I quickly swapped it for my phone charger lead and the problem was solved. Apparently, you can write to HP and they'll send out a replacement lead - although for the sake of a lead that would cost less than a pound on ebay, I really don't think it's worth the hassle. Anyhow, a full-charge will take around 3-4 hours and will give a reasonably good return in terms of life. I've left my touchpad on standby for well over a week and returned to find that it still had a reasonable charge. Use the internet and battery-hungry sites/applications like YouTube and you'll find the battery life shortens considerably - expect a couple of evening's worth of use if surfing and listening to music.
If you can't live without apps however, there is an alternative option. A group of software developers working under the name of 'CyanogenMod' have 'ported' a 90% working version of Android across to the device and you can download and install it on your Touchpad. What's more, it's installed in a 'dual-boot' format, meaning that you can keep WebOS and choose which one you want to use. The group are also planning to release the latest version of the Android software for the device in the near future - which will be an even bigger improvement.
If you're not that bothered about apps, and all you want from your tablet is a small, handy, web-surfing device on the cheap, then WebOS will meet all your needs.
The device itself if reasonably fast and smooth. This is thanks to a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor which makes multi-tasking a breeze. The processor is one of the best available on any current generation tablet device and easily matches that offered in the iPad.
There is, however, some drawbacks on the hardware side of things. Firstly, there is no option for adding a sim card. While this may not bother most people who don't want to use it as a phone - it does limit the device in terms of internet connectivity as WiFi will be your only means of connection to the internet. Still, nowadays that's not too big a disadvantage as most cafes, hotels and other public places provide WiFi.
Secondly, while there is a camera function....there is only one front-facing camera. What's more, at only 1.3MP, it's hardly world beating and not something that you're really going to be taking high quality pictures with. As the camera is front-facing, it's real use is for video-calling and that's about it. Although that may not be of importance to some people - it will limit the functionality/usability of some popular apps (e.g. barcode scanners, Google Goggles etc)
And thirdly, there's no expansion slots for storage - you can't slot any memory cards in to boost your memory. While 16GB is enough for a tablet like this - who knows what the future holds and what size future apps may be? It would have been nice to have had that option.
Despite these drawbacks, this tablet packs a pretty big punch for the price. Also, with the latest Android 4.0 software due to be ported soon, it will only get better!
I love my TouchPad.
I really fancied an iPad but with money being tight and a new baby on the way, I felt a tablet was well out of my league. However, HP decided that they couldn't compete with Apple and so, when they drastically reduced the price of the TouchPad, I snapped one up! Looking back, I wish I'd "invested" in more than one because at £89 it really was great value for money.
With a 9.7inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm processor, multimedia capabilities, apps, and more, the HP Touchpad is definitely the tablet which every home should have! User friendly, it can be used by the whole family, be it the kids for homework or Mum for following recipes or Dad for checking the sport's results. The TouchPad is really light and portable and it's slim enough to fit in my handbag, obviously a bonus ;-) Unless you are a label snob and you'll only settle for an Apple product, get yourself a TouchPad before they're all gone!
As some of you might already be aware, HP has pulled out of the Tablet, Phone and PC market altogether. While they haven't fully abandoned webOS, the operating system it runs on, the hope of it having a thriving app market and lots of updates is unlikely. However, that doesn't bother me in the slightest.
Hearing the news that HP were liquidating their touchpad's I went online and had a look at the prices. They were still around £400. I then had a look at prices in the USA and saw that they were only $99. Considering $99 is around about £70 then this makes this tablet, without a shadow of a doubt, the deal of the century.
A few days later and the price finally crashed in the UK to a respectable £89, much lower than I had anticipated. With shops such as Best Buy UK, Carephone Warehouse and Currys selling out within seconds I reserved one at my local staples the night before they crashed, hoping that they'd go down. They did. I then scrambled to the store to pick mine and and got home with it.
The first thing you will notice is the size of the Touchpad. It has the same screen size as the iPad and only one button, bar volume etc, at the bottom which is similar to the iPad. When you go to plug it in to the USB you will get a notification pop-up saying that charging via the USB won't charge it properly. After a bit of searching around I found that USB 2.0 doesn't give out enough power to charge it. I am, however, not sure if USB 3.0 gives more power. Instead you get a wall socket for both the UK and USA plugs with a long cylindrical tube to screw into it. At first I couldn't get my Touchpad to charge using this, and once I get I hit the internet to find out why. It was because you have to make sure it's screwed in very, very firmly otherwise the requires amount of power won't be given to the Touchpad. A full charge in my experience takes around 3 hours and the battery life is very good, lasting a good 6-7 hours of browsing the internet.
When you actually begin to use the Touchpad you will discover, if you didn't know already, that it doesn't run the usual Android or iOS. This might seem a little off putting to you, but don't let it. Firstly, webOS is a good operating system. It allows true multitasking which lets you open loads of windows and slide between them and is a good operating system for business people. I mainly wanted it for fun and to play with and straight away hit the market. It is very poor with only around 4000 apps. Not too bad, but when you know that Android and iOS markets both have over 500,000 apps you feel a bit shortchanged. It does have one saving grace; Angry Birds. Angry Birds is basically the most popular game across loads of platforms. You can get it on iOS, Android, PC and even as an extension for Google Chrome. Angry Birds is sadly the only good game on there. I haven't bought any games yet so there may be a bit of hope there.
If you are thinking about getting a HP Touchpad and you're being put off by webOS then don't. There are people currently working on porting Android over to it and I truly believe that they will succeed. Once Android does get ported over you will have a device that I believe is around the same specs as the galaxy tab but just £300 cheaper.
The hardware side of the HP touchpad is very good. It has a dual core 1.2Ghz processor that is capable of being overclocked to 1.7Ghz. Comparing that to the iPad 2 then the Touchpad blows it out of the water with the iPad 2 only having a 1Ghz processor. The HP Touchpad does only have a 1.3MP front facing camera, so it's not ideal for taking photos but most people nowadays have a standalone camera or a good enough one on their phone so this doesn't really matter. The camera also can't be used to take stills unless you download an App for it, and the only one I've heard that works costs £0.59. The cameras main function is video calling which I have tried and the quality isn't fantastic but it's good enough to hold a conversation.
Another let down is the lack of 3G or a Sim card slot. The galaxy tab has both and can essentially be used as a giant phone. Another annoying this is that there is no SD card slot so you're stuck with either the 16GB or the 32GB.
Some reviews are saying the touchpad is slow and unresponsive but I personally think it's the exact opposite.
The Touchpad can deal with multiple windows open and once and doesn't slow down at all.
In conclusion this is the perfect tablet for browsing the internet while on the sofa or for a few fun apps. Once Android is ported to this it will really come into it's own with loads of apps to choose from.