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  • Features I think this tablet's main feature are Synergy and Cards and I really enjoy both which are implemented beautifully. good
  • Display I wish the screen was brighter and the 1st thing I noticed about the screen is the subpar resolution but I'm coming from a phone with better pixel density. so-so
  • Battery life Even with moderate amount of use I only have to charge this every 2-3 days. great!
  • Ease of use WebOS is very intuitive! I'm now starting to swipe up to quit apps on my Nexus S. haha great!
  • Storage capacity I got the 16 GB version and I've barely used any of the space. great!
  • Design and form factor It's fat, made of plastic on the back, and a little to curvy for my taste. so-so
  • Portability (size / weight) Like I said in the design section, it's fat but, apart from that, it's not too cumbersome. so-so
  • Durability Since it's made of plastic on the back it feels a little cheap to me making me think that it might fall apart when dropped. so-so
Detailed review
I joined the HP TouchPad bandwagon after the firesale began and, as a basic tablet for web browsing, it's pretty good. If this tablet was priced at $200 I probably would've still gotten it. It's a shame that HP killed the TouchPad so quickly despite WebOS running so beautifully on it. Synergy synced with all my accounts nicely, Cards is a great way to manage multitasking, and WebOS' notification system is the best one I've seen yet.

Despite being a great $99 tablet, if this was priced at more than $250, I wouldn't have considered this tablet at all. First, the tablets slows down and hiccups at times. Cards will take forever to load, the touchscreen may not register your touch, and the whole system will sometimes just freeze. But, despite these problems, you can overclock and most of these problems will go away.

At $99, or even at $199, this tablet is a great product that could've competed against the iPad in price. But at the original $499 price point and the lack of a mature app ecosystem, I can see why this failed miserably against the iPad.