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After returning from a Vegas vacation, I found one last jackpot on my doorstep: An HP Touchpad and Touchstone wireless charging dock. I’ve only just started looking at these review units, but see much to like. But will consumers wait for webOS apps on the Touchpad?

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After returning from a Vegas vacation, I found one last jackpot on my doorstep: An HP Touchpad and Touchstone wireless charging dock. Both are review units sent from HP, and the devices went on sale last week. This model is the 32 GB unit, which costs $599, while the optional Touchstone dock is an additional $79. In this video overview of the hardware, you can see similarities to Apple’s iPad; although the Touchpad is thicker and weighs slightly more, it uses the same 9.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display as Apple’s tablet.

When it comes to software, you might be reminded of Android tablets and the BlackBerry Playbook. But webOS stands on its own as well. The multi-pane email view is useful and I really like the Flipboard-like layout available in the Facebook application. Consumers interested in the Touchpad will have to make a software decision however: How long can they wait for a wide variety of third-party apps or are there enough top-tier titles to justify the Touchpad?

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  1. Great walk-through… best “hands-on” I’ve seen so far. One nitpick, though: webOS is NOT “just like QNX.” … QNX is “just like webOS.”

    Looking forward to your review! :)

  2. wannabetouchpadowner Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    I am looking forward to your review. Make sure to recap the history between WebOS and QNX. The look, the card flipping up, etc was WebOS’s first, not the other way around as it kind of sounded in your preview. Compare how you would send one email with 3 different file formats as attachement on both platform (Touchpad and iPad).

  3. Not to mention how long can you wait for the Kindle and HP Movie Store apps to be converted from an IOU to a real working application?

    You should check out the official HP case. It’s a cross breeding of the iPad and iPad 2 cases. I takes the huggy back from the iPad case and adds the fold up triangle flap from the iPad 2 case.

    If you’ve ever used an Apple wireless keyboard you will find the TouchPad wireless keyboard eerily similar as well.

    So far mine has displaced my Motorola Xoom as the side display chumby-esque display next to my keyboard.

    For $80 I do wish HP had put in a stronger charger. One thing I do like about my RIM Playbook, that 12V 2A dock. Tops the Playbook up nicely between meetings.

    I also have to say WebOS is not QNX. QNX multitasks like warm butter whereas WebOS is more like chunky JIF. Also the Flash Player on the Playbook is the best Flash I’ve ever used. So far the Flash on the TouchPad is more like chunky JIF as well.

    1. Hey, we just encountered an endangered species – A RIM TROLL!!

      LMAO, the Playbook isn’t a patch on the TouchPad. HP will kill the PB off completely when they release the 7″ TouchPad in the autumn.

  4. Wow Kevin…that glasses added 10 years on you.

    Also the video encoding seem to be broken.

  5. iTechWhiz Technology Blog Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Thanks mate, for this really useful sharing…

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