Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

Summary: HP's much anticipated TouchPad running webOS 3.0 goes on sale July 1 but demo units are hitting stores across the country now, so you can see what all the hype is about for yourself.

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HP's much anticipated TouchPad running webOS 3.0 goes on sale this Friday but demo units are already hitting stores across the country now so you can see what all the hype is about for yourself.

According to PreCentral, Wal-Mart and Best Buy from New York to Kansas are stocking the Wi-Fi slate from HP, with photos and videos to prove.

On the software front, in addition to a well designed OS, HP has also taken a page out of RIM's Playbook by developing its own Facebook app as reported by TechCrunch.

The TouchPad, in case you've forgotten, is a 9.7" slate sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz dual-core APQ 8060 processor, Adreno 220 GPU, with a capacitive, multi-touch display at 1024×768 resolution. It has a built-in 1.3 mega-pixel front-facing camera, and offers both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity (though only the Wi-Fi version is launching on Friday).

It comes in both a 16 GB and 32 GB versions, with the smaller capacity model retailing for $498 and $598 for the 32 GB as listed on Walmart.com but they are not available for purchase online. HP is clearly not competing with Apple on price but believes its multitasking OS will win over some iPad or even Android slate customers. Does the TouchPad have a chance?

[Source: TechCrunch, PreCentral via Engadget]

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  • Both iOS and Android are multitasking OS (Apple offers "Task completion" ..

    ... API, which allows to run code in the background). Also, TouchPad hardware is weak (though integer calculations are up to 20% faster, this Qualcomm SoC lacks vFPU units in cores, what makes these calculations many times slower, and its graphic co-processor is many times weaker, too), and the screen lacks comparing to iPad's in more than one dimension.

    So there is no rationale in buying TouchPad for these money, unless you are geek who just loves new gadgets for the sake of interest.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

      @DeRSSS <br>The issue is touch sensitivity. If you look at Veer (smallest smartphone in the market, that runs on WebOS), the touch response is weak. Thus I have doubts about the TouchPad on the same. I will go to store this evening and check it for myself.
      Ram U
    • YEAH!!! DeRSSS!!! YEAH!!!

      @DeRSSS
      Thanks for your wonderful analysis. I was never going to buy one of these because it wasn't made by Apple but I'm glad that you make sure you are the first post on every single non Apple tablet post to make sure that everyone knows you and I feel identically that Apple is THE BEST!! YEAH!!!!
      woulddie4apple
      • As lame as ever; TouchPad tries to compete with iPad, so it is only makes

        @woulddie4apple: ... sense to compare these two. And, as it turns out, for the money HP asks there is no reason to buy TouchPad neither for software/environment/platform richness and convenience, nor for technological aspects.
        DDERSSS
      • Hey, I'm agreeing with you!

        Keep up the great work DeRSSS!! Make sure you are the first to post on every single non Apple tablet story to evangelize the Apple story! YEAH!!!!
        woulddie4apple
      • Again: your trolling is lame and not funny since it could only work when ..

        @woulddie4apple: .. there would be examples of any unjustified favours of Apple among posters. But there are no such cases here, the judgements on technology are very accurate.
        DDERSSS
      • Hey, I'm agreeing with you!! YEAH!!

        Like I said, it is really important for you to be the first to post. You are doing a great job at this!! Keep up the fantastic work!!! Everyone who loves Apple and only Apple like you and me and Rick_K and Richard Flude and the person with the msalzberg / James Quinn accounts really appreciates your hard work to ensure Apple is mentioned first in every single tablet story. YEAH!!!
        woulddie4apple
      • @DeRSSS Give it up. You're trying to use reason

        on a non-rational individual. Just be aware that there are people like this in the world, pity them for the pathetic lives they lead, and move on.
        fr_gough
    • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

      @DeRSSS Your scrutiny on just the processor alone is not convincing enough. I own an iPad2 and a Galaxy Pad 7" and I have a feeling I will be selling both of these and replacing them with the Touchpad for regular daily use. <br>Btw, I'm typing on the iPad 2 and hating this weak non-adjustable keyboard, stupid auto suggest and wondering why i still have than 10 apps still open, and the number '1' key doesn't respond 1/2 the time i press it. (The typos are from the iPad's dumb auto-correct.)
      Sweat Studio
    • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

      @DeRSSS I totally disagree with you, Google for iPad issues or problems you get thousands of results, It's really impossible to judge a Product before it's launch and ignoring the innovative features which none of them have(Including iPad/iPhone).

      I personally suggest all the Readers to Explore yourself and not to relay on false or Apple Fan boy comments... B.T.W now you can have your hands on with Touchpad go to Walmart and Bestbuy...

      Cheers,
      Zak
      ExcellentCoders
    • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

      @DeRSSS [i]So there is no rationale in buying TouchPad for these money, unless you are geek who just loves new gadgets for the sake of interest. [/i]

      Not [i]that[/i] long ago people would say... "So there is no rationale in buying iPad for these money, unless you are geek who just loves new gadgets for the sake of interest."

      And the Apple faithful would get all up in arms. My how times change. TBH I have little interest in this device at this price and at this stage of development, but I think history repeating itself is hilarious.
      Badgered
  • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

    Where's the nice industrial look that the HP Slate had?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • Probably sacrificed on the altar of trying to meet Apple's

      price point.
      fr_gough
  • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

    User experience is what counts, scrutinizing the processor and hardware is weak relevance. I have the iPad 2 and it has processing problems, and I can name several other problems. The point is, there are at least 12 features that the Touchpad has that the iPad 2 does not. There are only 3 features on the iPad2 that outshine the HP touchpad. ALSO, remember once you open an app on the touchpad you don't need to close it and flow from one app to another.
    Sweat Studio
  • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

    @Sweat Studio I agree with you as a owner of iPhone, it really sucks on auto correct, most of my friends taken for granted that i do typo mistakes x-( in fact it was iOS....

    I like the concept of multitasking, Touch to share, Cards view, Swap to close(Apple sucks on this-BADLY), Synergy(Was dying to have this) and much more... Way to go Touchpad... I'm buying both Touchpad and Pre3, If possible Veer as well :)

    So anyone willing to buy my iPhone???? ;)
    ExcellentCoders
    • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

      @ExcellentCoders Thanks for agreeing. I had to buy many gadgets to test out my product, I spent significant time using each of them. The most important thing to me was efficiency and to sum it up: Galaxy Tab 7" somewhat more difficult to use, too many buttons and changing menus, however it had a better configured keyboard and gorilla glass. iPad 2 was fast and easier to use, but the browser locked up occasionally including the Facebook 'Friendly' app. Better interface but once again, too many buttons to pin-point and press to multi-task. I find that my Palm Pre with old WebOS was the quickest way to get most of my work done. I catch myself trying to swipe the bottom of my iPad which is a WebOs feature. So hopefully when my HP Touchpad arrives it will live up to my expectations.
      Sweat Studio
  • brokenoffice with advertising? fly in the ointment

    I like this product. It's about time something like this came along and at least for me, H/P has always meant good equipment.

    But this Touchpad does have one isoftware ssue that annoys me right off. "# This PC is preloaded with reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel with advertising. ..." What? - ads in a piece of gear I would buy?

    No, that's extremely offensive (more so than the slight embarassment of being seen with iPad owners) and I don't think the deal is going to work out unless I can ditch the ads. I didn't find out yet if I can buy a proper version of office for this, or if the free OpenOffice will work.

    Hope so - or no go. HP has fouled up on the preload; far better for them to have put openoffice on it than brokenoffice with annoying ads.
    opcom
  • RE: Get your own hands-on with a HP TouchPad now in Walmart and Best Buy

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