HP demonstrates the TouchPad in a series of videos

HP demonstrates the TouchPad in a series of videos
HP's TouchPad is different. It's all about webOS – but as good as that sounds, we've never really seen webOS for tablets and that's why this series of videos educating us on why it's so awesome, are a must-watch. Jonathan Oaks, Director of TouchPad Development at HP, focuses on what the platform can do on the 9.7-inch tablet in four very concise and to-the-point clips. 

1. HP TouchPad Synergy – HP has been touting Synergy from the very announcement of the TouchPad, but basically it all boils down to a unified view for emails, which can be pulled from multiple sources. The same applies for calendars and contacts, but there is also a neat way to pull pictures from services like Facebook and discuss them within the native photo application.

2. Just Type – You might have thought it's just a universal search, but in its latest iteration Just Type will also give suggestions for apps, but very importantly it will also initiate quick actions so whenever you type something you could save it to a memo without opening the notes application. Working in concert with an onscreen QWERTY with a keyboard row and adjustable sizes, you end up having a very capable combination.

3. True multitasking – WebOS treats apps as cards and with a dual-core Qualcomm processor, HP promises the tablet won't even stutter. But the platform also stacks cards together. The practical implementation? Say, you're in an email and open an attached image or document – it all goes in the respective group. 

4. Notifications – Shown in the upper system bar of the tablet, notifications on the TouchPad are unobtrusive. But they're also sorted out so emails get a separate icon, while SMS messages get another. Pop them open, and you can ccroll through all the emails without opening the email app.

Overall, webOS proves one more time that it has all the maturity of rival platforms and more, but at the same time it does lack the developer support a system like iOS has. Even in the videos, there is some noticeable lag and - being accustomed to the stutter-free performance of tablets like the iPad - this might be a dealbreaker if it shows in the final product. But let's not make premature judgments, but rather enjoy the possibilities of webOS revealed in the videos below. 

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  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 6300 mAh



1. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

I keep telling myself I'm not going to get a tablet since I have a laptop but the touch pad looks tempting. I had a palm pre a few years ago and webOS was honestly the best UI I've used hands down and since the acquisition, I'm sure its only gotten better.

4. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I agree with you whole heartedly. However, my ipad wouldn't be nearly as functional without its' applications. If HP can bring in the quality applications that are as good on the touchpad as the apps are with the ipad, then I really think it's going to blow apple's products out of the water! Just a few things I'd like to see as applications: - a true microsoft office application. Having to view powerpoints in keynote has been a bit rough with fonts and images being changed in Keynote. Now I think they have something called "quick office" which, please let me know if I'm wrong, is compatible with microsoft files. - Note taking application. My Notes Plus application on the ipad has been absolutely AMAZING in place of the traditional notepad and pen. This has been a great tool for me in the hospital when you are a med student and can't afford to lug around books + binder+ stethescope + otoscope + pocket medical guide + etc. - PDF viewer with the capability to take notes on the PDF. I know that you have to use an OCR program when you scan the document, but having a program that can take advantage of this like iAnnotate has been very helpful in reducing the number of books I have to carry. I'm an apple user, but this product appears very appealing! I'm excited to see competition in this market!

5. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i agree with you. same with honeycomb. but it will be a LONG time before they get the same apps as ios. and w8 seems very compelling being a full windows tablet, but with a desktop and a laptop, the tablet seems more of a multimedia device, and idk but w8 doesnt really seem to fit that...

2. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

It looks nice, but it's not enough to get me to switch from Android. It's a bit too simple for my liking. I like to be in complete control so I like the complexity of Android with its multiple ways to do things and myriad of options. Note to PA: as of 11am 6/13/2011 the first two videos are the same.

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

what is so much better on android than on this?

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I don't think he knows what he's talking about, lol. The user has more control with WebOS than android. Even iOS5 gives users more control on notifications than android does, lol. If there's an OS out there that could compete with iOS in terms of smoothness and polish, it's WebOS, not android.

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i know... haha i bet hes never even used a honeycomb tab... they LAG... it is soooooooooo freaking annoying.... and the stupid little buttons all over the place are annoying too... multitouch gestures like on the playbook wu have been nicer...

3. DirtyDan

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

I think it's sexy. Another great option in the world of tablets.

9. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

I have to give it to webOS... "Just Type" is the only feature I'll miss when I leave my Palm Pre. However, because it is *the only* feature I'll miss I am still leaving webOS. Good luck guys. I got on the webOS bandwagon once in 2009 and got burned. HP/Palm shouldn't have lied to it's legacy device owners...

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