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HP TouchPad Review

HP TouchPad

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HP TouchPad Review
Carrying along a 6,300 mAh battery inside, its battery life is definitely up there with the crop. With normal everyday operation, which consists mostly of web browsing, it’s able to give us easily a solid one day’s worth of usage – with 20% left at the end of the day. Moreover, it’s able to play a movie continuously for 8.5 hours while setting its brightness to the middle setting, volume at its loudest, and connected to a Wi-Fi network. In any event, its battery life is indeed really good.


To tell you the truth, we sincerely want to absorb and like the HP TouchPad – like seriously, we really do! Unfortunately though, we can’t fully commit to it wholeheartedly because it isn’t up to par, nor polished both in the inside and out versus the pack of competition out there. And ultimately, its base price of $500 sticks out like a sore thumb because it’s not as good looking as its rivals. So, if we’re going to gauge it in terms of value for the buck compared to the competition, it already proves a point in lagging behind the expectations set by its rivals.

Nonetheless, not everyone is going to be too concerned about shooting content with a camera, but more importantly, it’s going to be the platform experience that’s going to sell some people. As we’ve mentioned, webOS could’ve easily been a tablet platform a long time ago – thanks to its intuitive touch interface. However, we’re expecting something comparatively different with the look and feel of webOS 3.0 to differentiate itself from the smartphone experience. Combining the fact that the platform experience is riddled with performance issues, it’s not going to win any brownie points in winning people over. We’re not simply talking about slowdown with gaming here, but it’s a noticeable amount that extends throughout various aspects of the platform.

Of course, it all comes back down to pricing because that’s the driving force with everything. Taking into account that this is the very first webOS 3.0 tablet on the market, it’s undoubtedly going to sport a premium price – but in all honesty, it doesn’t feel like a convincing $500 tablet. Needless to say, we’re confident that HP will refine the experience and knock out at least some of those kinks with future software updates, but in the meantime, we’d rather spend that hard earned money on something else like the iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
webOS version: 3.0.0

HP TouchPad Video Review:


  • Great multi-tasking & notification systems
  • Plentiful TouchPad optimized apps in the App Catalog


  • Abundance of performance issues with the platform
  • Inability to shoot photos & videos
  • Display is on the dim side
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posted on 05 Jul 2011, 07:58

1. roni (unregistered)

am not surprised..webOS "core" programming isnt yet optimized to say the least...you can see that it is quite laggy on the handsets... but webOS UI implementation does a good job masking that issue ie. multi-tasking and notification managements are excellent making the OS seem "flowing" and "easy to use". such implementation can surely be adapted on android, ios, or even wp7... just a pity android or ios didnt think of it the first time around...

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 08:00

2. vinay18 (unregistered)

I think This is not competitor to Ipad2 n Samsung GalaxyTab 10.1

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 08:05

3. vinay18 (unregistered)

Great Multi tasking and Good social Networking Intergration bt little bit laggy when we using normally...this is not as good as Android and Ios..
ios is the leading tablet based os upto nw....bt android giving a great competition to ios...so web os3.0 is not reached as my expectation..Thank u

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 10:19

4. dfe (unregistered)

maplestory on ur email? xD

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 15:26

5. DrpC (unregistered)

Can you please tell us exactly what the video bit and frame rate you use to code the 1080p videos ? Just curious what you used and in your experimenting, what the touchpad recognized and what it didn't recognized when attempting to code high resolution video ?

What was the largest file total size of a 1080 movie that you transferred ?

Also, did you have a problem getting the tablet to see the videos once you transferred them and if so, what did you do to fix this ?

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 14:56

6. nate@hp (unregistered)

you forgot to mention that you can change the size of the keyboard... xs, s, m, and l

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 19:18

7. redjasper (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)

no one seems to mention how this HP touchpad saves us monthly money. All tablets require a tablet package raging from $50 and up monthly to connect to your server. BUT not HP.. this pad allows no server package and no activation thru server a but connects remotly to your android or web os cell and you share the connection. free!!! what other tablet does that? now im waiting for the pre 3 so the connection will be even faster

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Display9.7 inches, 1024 x 768 pixels (132 ppi)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Scorpion processor
Size9.45 x 7.45 x 0.54 inches
(240 x 189 x 14 mm)
26.10 oz  (740 g)

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