Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch webOS TouchPad tablet and phones

Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch webOS TouchPad tablet and phones

Summary: Fresh from news that its top tablet competitor is releasing shortly, HP takes the wraps off its 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet. Plus, we show off HP's newest webOS smartphones.

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  • Of course you can buy accessories such as a wireless keyboard.

  • The Veer, one of the two new phones also announced today, is a scaled-down version of the Pixi, and is small enough to fit easily in the palm of a hand. It's being positioned as an alternative to what HP dubbed "jumbo phones."

  • Facebook shown on HP's tiniest WebOS phone, the palm-size Veer.

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Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

    I would like to buy one. I Pad costs about $500. How much is this?
    sheilawmom@...
    • It is just an iPad clone with "trade dress" infringement

      @sheilawmom@...
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

    If it comes at or under $500, then it's a true contender... WebOS has a pretty slick user-interface. It's about as close as you'll get to iOS, without being iOS and you can develop apps for it via linux, as well. Nice combo in my humble opinion.
    richardanelson000
    • No, it will not be a true contender: NO software

      @richardanelson000: <b>for iPad, there are more than 60000 *tablet* applications even now. For WebOS and Android -- near to zero.</b>
      DDERSSS
      • Get real.....

        @denisrs <br><br>How many serious apps does anyone really download and use apart from the rubbish gimmicks, and some decent games for the kids?<br><br>I've got some card games, angry birds, cut the rope, wifi analyser, some news apps, the RAC traffic app (that might be a problem on an ipad on my dash) and a few others. There might be 60000 apps but there sure aint 60000 that I want.<br><br>Do tell us how many of those 60000 you use for any significant time in a week.
        johnmckay
      • Might be worth developing for...

        @denisrs

        I love developing iOS and Objective-C but the competition is fierce.
        Bruizer
  • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

    Isn't this just VaporWare??
    eargasm
    • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

      @windozefreak <br>Just kike the RIM Playbook, the Motorola Xoom and countless other tablets, this has not yet been released. However, for something to be vapourware, it has to have not been released at a time past its release date. The release dates for many of these devices has still not arrived and so technically they cannot be called vapourware. Still, it will be interesting to see how many actually make it to market (remember all of the iPAd-killers at CES 2010 that never made it to market) but more so to see how long some of them last before being withdrawn for poor sales.
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
  • No price

    The fact that they have not provided a price probably indicates it is not a selling point. If this pad can't undercut the iPad by a couple of hundred dollars I can't see it selling. With its lack of software it is fighting an uphill battle.
    Kabcock
    • Skewered thinking

      @Kabcock - Why would it have to be hundreds of dollars cheaper then the iPad? thats totally illogical.
      For example; if it was exactly the same price and offered exactly the same performance etc, then it would be better value then the iPad since it would not suffer from the limitations imposed by apple, (and if you don't know what those are then you really do live in a walled garden).
      There are a HUGE amount of people who would buy it over an iPad in that example - just being able to run flash and normal USB alone makes it more attractive even if you feel apple's garden is not that bad.
      The fact that the likes of the Galaxy tab is selling despite its smaller size and much larger price tag illustrates that many don't want apples baggage.
      As long as it is near the iPads pricing it will sell, it doesn't have to be below it, although if it was that would indeed hurt iPads sales in a big way.
      toviz@...
      • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

        @toviz@... but will Tab update to Honeycomb or die a premature death?
        bmovie2
  • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

    Please give me a tablet without att, sprint, verizon,tmobil, etc
    rafaelrodriguez@...
  • ROTFLMAO!!!!

    Yet another wannabe... Hey... exactly what we need.. Another wannabe that can't compete on price... LOL<br><br>Way to emulate HP!!! And congrats on that.. what is it.. 5... is that 5 apps so far... WooHoo!!!!
    i8thecat
    • hahahaha

      @i8thecat

      No hiding your bias. My ipad and iphone sit forlorn in my drawer. Unloved and unused in my corporate desk because they can't open zipped files or passworded PDFs.... unlike my Android. I wouldn't write anything off just yet... this should be an interesting year.
      johnmckay
  • Call me stupid, but...

    I don't understand.
    Is this based on yet another operating system??
    The ipod/ipad app store is a huge selling point for Apple.
    Android market makes it a contender in that arena.

    But an unknown OS with very few developed apps??
    Yet, with very few apps I would still buy it... for $300 or less. Otherwise what's the point?
    camcost@...
    • You say apps...

      @camcost@... <br><br>But seriously.... how many do you use? I use very few on my Android but I use them daily. My iphone is untouched these days apart from angry birds and cut the rope which the kids love.<br><br>For me itunes would be their biggest differentiator but I dont use iphone/ipad for music. If I did I'm sure that would be a big factor in my decision process. <br><br>So... the point is most folk dont use many apps at all in my experience. Depending what it does out of the box that might just be enough for meany folk, like me. It's not going to be cheap but so long as it's no dearer than an ipad, and can read passworded docs, and wow maybe even let you edit documents (that could be handy and a differentiator) who knows?????<br><br>ps The ipad is an overpriced toy, and an overpriced desktop calendar in my workplace. It does it well but its way overpriced for what I see them doing daily. Mail, calendar, and endless password entry. No thanks.
      johnmckay
      • RE: Gallery: HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet

        @GetReal-mac.com Should have bought a Netbook. Vera Wang makes a very nice one!
        bmovie2
    • Not new OS . . .

      @camcost@...

      webOS has been around for at least two years. I've been using it for that long. It runs my Palm Pre, currently 1.4.5.
      It's a nice feeling OS on mobile devices, plus there are many many apps.
      clarnT
  • Why cheaper?

    Why would it have to be hundreds cheaper than iPad? Because the Apple product is blatantly overpriced. Netbooks are under $300. There are several laptops that cost less than an iPad. There are people offering similarly sized Android pads for $200 or less. They need to be competitive in pricing as well.
    SpectreWriter
    • It's fairly useless to speculate on price until we know

      @SpectreWriter

      I'm disappointed with the thing because it doesn't have support for extra storage (microSD slot). As for apps, even with Apple's supervision about 90% of what is on the Appstore is either trash or ads dressed up as applications. If HP or the Android store can attract the good apps and figure out some way to keep them from being overwhelmed by the spam/scam/trash apps, then they are viable.
      terry flores