HP TouchPad: Everything you want to know

Summary:Tips and tricks, apps and accessories: Here's everything new Touchpad owners need in one place.

It is hard to believe the HP TouchPad has only been around for a few weeks given the checkered past it has already lived. It went from also-ran to the top seller on Amazon in days, and according to some estimates has sold hundreds of thousands of units in the last week. Based on the correspondence I am receiving from new TouchPad owners I believe those figures may be accurate.

Many of these new TouchPad owners are craving for information about their new tablet, and many questions I am spending hours each day answering are in fact answered in articles I wrote before the bizarre scenario played out. It seems like a good idea to gather all of my articles about the HP TouchPad together in one place for easy reference.

One reason that early reviews of the TouchPad routinely panned the device for poor performance out of the box was due to the way webOS handles the initial Synergy syncing. Synergy brings together all of the user's social networks, email and contacts from all over the web so the TouchPad can do useful things with them. Unfortunately, this initial syncing in the background can take a day or two if enough accounts are configured, and there is nothing that can be done about the performance hits while the syncing is taking place. Once the syncing completes the performance becomes pretty good, so let it happen and expect possible lagginess in execution for the first day or so. Things get much better after that.

Tips and tricks and general coverage for the HP TouchPad

How to improve the performance of your new HP TouchPad New HP TouchPad owners go get your free 50GB of lifetime cloud storage HP TouchPad owners: get 6 free apps from HP for a limited time HP TouchPad: HP and Best Buy to refund price differences for early buyers HP TouchPad as portable blogging machine Overclocking the HP TouchPad cranks up the speed HP TouchPad: Still better than Honeycomb 5 Tablets for back to school The HP TouchPad homebrew community is already alive and well HP TouchPad: Hands-on impressions

Good apps for the HP TouchPad

10 apps for your new HP TouchPad 5 more apps for your new HP TouchPad What the HP TouchPad needs is an Android Player HP TouchPad as portable blogging machine HP TouchPad: Kindle app review Glimpse for HP TouchPad: Multi-tasking within a single app Cool apps for the HP TouchPad with screenshots Top 5 free apps for the HP TouchPad; Easter eggs bonus

Accessories for the HP TouchPad

Review: iPad Travel Express bag fits the TouchPad and Galaxy Tab Arkon Portable Tablet Stand for iPad, Honeycomb, TouchPad, and eReaders HP TouchPad: Waterfield Designs sleeve case review HP TouchPad Case review: Thin and light Freedom Pro Bluetooth keyboard: Good for use with any tablet

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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