A peek into the HP TouchPad: webOS 3.0 screenshots

A peek into the HP TouchPad: webOS 3.0 screenshots

In a world of iPads and Honeycomb tablets, one operating system stands truly unique – you guessed it right, it's webOS. As we're approaching the “summer” release date of the HP TouchPad, folks over at PreCentral have gotten hold of five precious screenshots of webOS 3.0, the tablet-optimized version of the platform.


First and foremost is the wittily called "Browser." You should be already familiar with the on-screen keyboard on webOS 3.0, but nothing is better than a real screenshot confirming a five-row layout, with a separate row for numbers and symbols. The default seems to be for lowercase letters, at least until you switch using the Shift button, just like on a regular keyboard. Everything keeps the signature webOS looks with the familiar Prelude font, rounded shapes and minimalistic styling. The top holds navigational keys, as well as three buttons on the right for sharing, opening a tab and bookmarks.



In the Maps department, settings look austere as well, freeing up space on the 9.7-inch screen. You have a search box, as well as separate buttons for switching between "Search" and "Directions." Finally, the top right holds the additional information and bookmarks keys. By the looks of it, we're treated with Bing maps. While it definitely has its pluses such as the scale bar in the bottom right, we would prefer to see the data-rich Google Maps.



Messaging is equally simplified, with two panes allowing you to view your contacts (on the left), while you chat with a particular person (on the right.) Next on the list is the contextual menu, brought up by hitting the upper right corner clock/battery bar. It grants you quick access to the date, battery status and brightness controls among others. You'll also see the VPN toggle switch, particularly useful for corporate folks.



Finally, the Music application carries strong resemblance to iTunes, both in color and styling. We can't say much except for the obvious – it supports filtering your media by songs, artists, albums and genres. Finally, we still have months until summer, so everything is subject to change, but it's very likely for the basic apps to stay this way. So what are your thoughts - webOS 3.0 has the looks, but will it match other operating systems in content? Sound off in the comments below.


source: PreCentral



Thanks, Philip!

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  • Display 9.7" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6300 mAh

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13 Comments

1. cheetah2k

Posts: 2237; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks nice IMO. Wonder how fast the UI is tho??

2. superpooburger

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 17, 2011

faster then android deffinetly.... Faster then iOS, do not think so... More likely the same,,,

7. milk unregistered

than* Who is going to value your opinion when you cant even use the English language properly?

9. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

Before you start nit-picking on other people's spelling, learn proper punctuation. It's "can't" See how trivial that was? Just like your post.

13. bk975 unregistered

Nicely done!

10. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well "milk" cant is a word either without an apostrophe... so speak for urself

3. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

This tablet's bezel is huge! And what about the number of compatible apps?

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I dont think it is that big... just looks like it in the photo. and it prob has about the same number of apps as honeycomb

4. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Looks cool, but I'm sure everyone will be reading about it's release on their iPads and Android tablets by the time HP gets it out the door.

5. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

BTW, I think that the TouchPad will find its costumers.

12. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I doubt it since the xoom has sold the huge amount of 100,000. Mind u the ipad 1 sold 300,000 on its first day...

6. TabletNetbook unregistered

HP could do well with WebOS but they have to market it correctly and provide more than one form factor for each device. They really need a tablet/netbook like the Asus transformer. However, I really feel they need to license it to make it a legitimate platform. They also need to market WebOS as the "open" OS that is supported long term--point out how Android lacks support from the OEMs and how iOS is locked down and overly restrictive in relation to WebOS--of course I don't mean actually name Android and iOS in the ads ;)

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I really like WebOS. If there's any OS that could make me switch from iOS, it would be WebOS. For me, WebOS is like a marriage between Android and iOS. It has the smoothness, responsiveness, simplicity, stability, & friendliness of iOS, while it also has the openess and freedom of Android. WebOS is a winner.

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