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 Honeycombtablets, one operating system stands truly unique – you guessed itright, it's webOS. As we're approaching the “summer” release dateof the HP TouchPad, folks over at PreCentral have gotten hold of fiveprecious screenshots of webOS 3.0, the tablet-optimized version ofthe platform.


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



In the Maps department, settings lookaustere as well, freeing up space on the 9.7-inch screen. You have a searchbox, as well as separate buttons for switching between "Search" and "Directions." Finally, the top right holds the additionalinformation and bookmarks keys. By the looks of it, we're treatedwith Bing maps. While it definitely has its pluses such as the scalebar in the bottom right, we would prefer to see the data-rich GoogleMaps.



Messaging is equally simplified, withtwo panes allowing you to view your contacts (on the left), while youchat with a particular person (on the right.) Next on the list is thecontextual menu, brought up by hitting the upper right cornerclock/battery bar. It grants you quick access to the date, batterystatus and brightness controls among others. You'll also see the VPNtoggle 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 andgenres. Finally, we still have months until summer, soeverything is subject to change, but it's very likely for the basic appsto stay this way. So what are your thoughts - webOS 3.0 has the looks, but will it match otheroperating systems in content? Sound off in the comments below.


source: PreCentral



Thanks, Philip!

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TouchPad
  • Display 9.7 inches
    768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera ()
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 6300 mAh
  • OS webOS 3.0

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13 Comments

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.

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 ;)

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...

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

1. cheetah2k

Posts: 2333; 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

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