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HP TouchPad out of the box

The TouchPad is the first tablet running webOS, the OS HP acquired from Palm
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The HP TouchPad is the first webOS tablet to hit the market. See our first impressions at ZDNet Mobile News.

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Designed in California by HP. :)

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For a tablet that claims Beat Audio as a selling point, it would have been nice to find headphones in the box. Instead it is bring your own.

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The 9.7-inch IPS display is bright and vivid.

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The number row on the top of the onscreen keyboard is a great benefit for text entry.

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The TouchPad web browser is a full desktop equivalent and is a joy to use.

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The browser works well and is comfortable to use in the hand in portrait orientation.

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The TouchPad is thicker than the iPad 2 and thus the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, currently the thinnest tablet on the market.

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The TouchPad has one center button on the front of the device, which is used to activate certain functions. The button flashes gently (white) when a notifcation arrives and the screen is off.

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Left: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; Right: HP TouchPad

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Left: Galaxy Tab 10.1; Right: TouchPad

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Galaxy Tab on top of the TouchPad to compare sizes.

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The TouchPad on top of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for comparison. 

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