66
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
66

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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HP TouchPad review

As things get older they tend to get bigger. It's the same for people, corporations, models of cars, budget deficits... and so it is for webOS. As Palm was in the process of being subsumed its great mobile operating system was being eyed for much broader things, far bigger than the little phones it had previously been flashed on. Things like printers and desktops and laptops, but for its first proper foray outside of a phone it has a tall task: compete in the brutally vicious tablet space. Its weapon is the TouchPad, a 9.7-inch tablet from HP that got official back in February and will be available July 1st (if you don't manage to find it earlier) -- $499.99 for the 16GB model, $599.99 for 32GB. That's exactly on parity with the WiFi iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1, current kings of the tablet court. Does this plus-sized Palm progeny really have what it takes to hang at that price point, or is this just a chubby pretender that's outgrown its britches? Read on to find out.

Pros
  • webOS 3.0 is slickSolid Facebook and e-mail appsTouch compatibility with Pre 3
Cons
  • Bulky hardwareOccasionally spotty performanceVery limited app selection
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User Reviews

80
timchoi89
I joined the HP TouchPad bandwagon after the firesale began and, as a basic...read more
80
cjtylr
I picked up my Touchpad after the "Great Touchpad Firesale of August 2011" and...read more
80
jkendrick
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Model
16GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (1.3 megapixels) (no)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (no)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1024 MB
Model
32GB

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
no

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (1.3 megapixels) (no)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1024 MB
Model
16GB 3G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS

Input

Keyboard
yes
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (1.3 megapixels) (no)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (16 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (no)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1024 MB
Model
32GB 3G

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Palm webOS

Input

Keyboard
yes
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location, Compass)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, WAV) (h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4)

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (1.3 megapixels) (no)

Other features

External accessory support
External keyboard

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage (32 GB) (Flash)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to8 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer) (no)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR (A2DP [stereo audio])

Hardware

CPU
1.2 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1024 MB