Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

Summary: The HP TouchPad may be an orphaned device, but HP released a new update to webOS that improves the tablet. The ability to pair any phone with the TouchPad is awesome.

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When HP first announced the HP TouchPad, long before it became a relic, one of the nicest features was the ability to pair it with the Pre 3. The duo could work together to let phone calls and text messages on the phone get picked up on the tablet, too. Unfortunately, the Pre 3 was cancelled along with the TouchPad, so it was figured that gadget collaboration was doomed. To our surprise, the webOS update yesterday enabled this ability, allowing the TouchPad to be paired with almost any phone. I immediately paired my tablet with the iPhone 4S, and I can attest to how well it works. It is particularly useful for Caller ID.

When word came out that this feature would be part of the webOS 3.0.4 update, many asked why anyone would want to take calls coming in to the phone, on the TouchPad? It is primarily a convenience factor, but it really shines to use the TouchPad as a Caller ID device for the phone. I have already come to depend on leaving the phone in my pocket, and when a call comes in seeing who it is on the TouchPad in my hand. I can decide to fish the phone out of my pocket or not, or take the call right on the tablet.

Once the TouchPad is updated, pairing the phone is easy. Go to the Bluetooth settings and pair the phone as you would any peripheral. Once paired you have the options to make the phone auto-connect in the future, and to accept incoming phone calls on the TouchPad. That's all you need to do to get this feature working. Having phone calls appear on the TouchPad works with just about any phone, but receiving text messaging on the tablet depends on the phone's Bluetooth implementation. This does not work on the iPhone 4S, sadly.

The webOS update includes other new features, a camera app for use with the front-facing camera on the TouchPad for example. There are also lots of performance enhancements to the TouchPad. I was running my tablet overclocked to 1.5 GHz prior to the update, along with a lot of performance-enhancing patches. The TouchPad after this update runs just as fast as that, without all of the patching and overclocking.

I recommend all TouchPad owners grab this update and apply it as soon as possible. Those who have patched the OS as I did should run the Emergency Patch Recovery app found in Preware immediately before updating the OS. This removes all patches and sets the system back to factory condition for a smoother update process.

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard, iPhone, Mobility

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  • RE: Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

    I have to say James, since capitalizing on the fire sale and grabbing a 32gb model, I've been absolutely blown away by this device. The update has only made me fall even more in love with it. Please HP; continue to support this wonderful OS. I beg you.
    yu119995
    • RE: Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

      @yu119995 :<br><br>You and me both. I even ported the cyanogen mod android hack to it - the option to boot to either OS is awesome - and even that runs really well for an alpha version. I am getting to the point where it gets more everyday use than my phone or my desktop. I thought I wanted to just turn it into an Android tablet, but now I'm not so sure ...
      kirddes
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  • RE: Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

    Wow those off and on buttons are Apple's buttons in iOS 5..
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

      @Hasam1991 Yeah, it's good to know Apple takes good ideas from others and uses them in their latest release. Oh wait, we already knew that. Seriously though, that type of button has been around forever in a huge variety of applications.
      BillDem
  • RE: Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

    James,<br> I've had a 32GB iPad original with 3g since they day they were launched. I recently bought a $99 16GB Touchpad through the HP employee sale. After updating my iPad to IOS 5 and the Touchpad to 3.04 the latter is now noticeably faster than the iPad. Part of the reason is that the iPad got slower with IOS 5. <br><br>I like my Touchpad so much I am going to sell my iPad and replace it with a iPhone 4s and pair it to my Touchpad. It would be cool if they would make Touch-to-share work with these two devices.
    henry727
  • RE: Pairing the HP TouchPad with iPhone 4S: Caller ID heaven

    If Megsy Whitman has a brain (LOL) she'll want to bring these devices back. This could be what sparks real competition in the tablet segment, even more than the Kindle Tab.
    Champ_Kind
  • PlayBook

    BlackBerry PlayBook already doing that + More.
    pedalshoe