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HP TouchPad review

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The HP TouchPad currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 25 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The HP TouchPad is a 9.7 inch tablet priced at a level that's on par with the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab.

The TouchPad weighs around 1.65 pounds, which is heavier than the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Xoom as well. The tablet has a 9.7 inch screen and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. It does not disappoint at all in terms of viewing, as the screen is beautiful and the display is excellent. It has terrific brightness, minimal glare and great viewing angles. This tablet is easy to use both inside and outside, and the great viewing angles mean that typing on the TouchPad is also fairly easy and straightforward.

In terms of performance, the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM means that it is very efficient and quick for loading applications, playing games, watching videos and browsing the internet. However, there are certain aspects to the tablet that are slow, such as the initial startup that takes around a minute, which is a lot compared to the 30 seconds that the iPad and Galaxy Tab take.

The one difference between the TouchPad and other tablets is the webOS system that is unique to HP. This device runs webOS 3.0, which is a tablet friendly version designed specifically for this device. It is fast, efficient, and has multi tasking capability as well. There are dedicated mail, calendar, music, web, video and gaming applications for this device. webOS also has unique Facebook and Twitter applications, and they are a step up on the generic smartphone and tablet applications for social networking found on most devices.

Overall, this tablet is a great alternative to the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab, with webOS's unique features making it a tempting device to own.

Need to Know: HP TouchPad

1. webOS version designed exclusively for tablets (The Good)

2. Fast application and internet performance (The Good)

3. Slow boot up (The Bad)

4. webOS lacks the rich App catalogs of its competitors (The Bad)


Operating system
Custom
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
9.7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


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Mobile Syrup

As it is, the TouchPad, even with the 3.0.2 update, is a mess of beautiful contradictions: its operating system is one of the finest examples of touchscreen modality we have on the market, an artist’s rendition of a bright future in which we swipe, type and scroll our way to content consumptio...

- Daniel Bader , Mobile Syrup
Digital Trends

If HP can speed up the TouchPad and build the app library up more, we think there is a future for the platform, but for now, we'd still opt for an iPad or Android tablet.

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
Know Your Mobile

The HP TouchPad is a difficult device to categorise. It's remarkably easy to use and for the most part a pain-free experience, which lends itself to somebody who just wants to browse the web or read work documents at home, but we get the feeling it has the corporate user in mind. After all, a stron...

- Ben Griffin, Know Your Mobile
Techradar

The HP TouchPad is less polished than the iPad, with a smaller range of impressive third-party apps. Yes, it's got features that the iPad lacks, but so do the Android tablets, and they have a bigger app selection, too. The interface appears more polished than many Android tablets, but in operation t...

- Matthew Bolton, Techradar


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Screen Size
9.7"

The HP TouchPad's screen size is 9.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
6300mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 6300 mAh battery. HP's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

HP TouchPad Specs

Overview
Release date July 1, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Secondary OS No
Processor Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 6300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.0 x 24.0 x 1.4 cm (7.5 x 9.5 x 0.6 in)
Weight 740 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Gorilla Glass Display
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HP Topaz, Palm Topaz

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Critic Reviews


148Apps

The answer to all of your trivia needs

from 148Apps

Overall, Trivia Crack‘s aim to collapse those stigmas by striving to operate around an engaging and approachable community that perpetually grows from its user-generated content and expanded participation is poised to reinvigorate the nuanced past time of picking your brain. Along with a co...More

Overall, Trivia Crack‘s aim to collapse those stigmas by striving to operate around an engaging and approachable community that perpetually grows from its user-generated content and expanded participation is poised to reinvigorate the nuanced past time of picking your brain. Along with a consumer-friendly micro-transaction system without the obnoxious ad-riddled version or bullish pay-wall, you’d be remiss not to download this toady. Heck, it could very well be the next Words With Friends.

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Mobile Syrup

A mess of beautiful contradictions

from Mobile Syrup

As it is, the TouchPad, even with the 3.0.2 update, is a mess of beautiful contradictions: its operating system is one of the finest examples of touchscreen modality we have on the market, an artist’s rendition of a bright future in which we swipe, type and scroll our way to content consump...More

As it is, the TouchPad, even with the 3.0.2 update, is a mess of beautiful contradictions: its operating system is one of the finest examples of touchscreen modality we have on the market, an artist’s rendition of a bright future in which we swipe, type and scroll our way to content consumption and productivity. Perhaps this is what the next-generation TouchPad will be, and we await it as eagerly and impatiently as we did the first. Until then, even at the sizeable discounts currently being offered by HP and its affiliated retailers, we are reticent to recommend it. If you are set on it, however, be patient, be thoughtful, and for goodness sakes, write an app or two. Gosh knows HP could use the numbers.

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Digital Trends

The HP TouchPad deviates from the Android clones with its unique webOS operating system, but still feels slow and inefficient

from Digital Trends

We’re not sure why the HP TouchPad was released; it simply is not ready for prime time yet. More capable than the BlackBerry PlayBook, which still has no email or calendar support, the TouchPad is bulky, heavy, and there isn’t a place on it that won’t get smudged to death by fin...More

We’re not sure why the HP TouchPad was released; it simply is not ready for prime time yet. More capable than the BlackBerry PlayBook, which still has no email or calendar support, the TouchPad is bulky, heavy, and there isn’t a place on it that won’t get smudged to death by fingerprints. Don’t even bother cleaning it. While we can forgive fingerprints and even the lack of a rear camera, it’s obvious that webOS hasn’t yet been optimized to run on this machine. It’s slow and laggy. We also don’t care for the way HP is designing its tablet-specific apps. They tend to look a little too iPad-ish, but lack the intuitive and simplistic navigation design Apple implements in its software. The lack of apps available in the HP Apps Catalog also doesn’t help.

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Know Your Mobile

Extremely sturdy, easy to use, flash is fully supported

from Know Your Mobile

The HP TouchPad is a difficult device to categorise. It's remarkably easy to use and for the most part a pain-free experience, which lends itself to somebody who just wants to browse the web or read work documents at home, but we get the feeling it has the corporate user in mind.

After all, a strong suite of business functions such as Exchange and Google Docs integration does make it seem like the perfect tablet for the working man or woman. However, not being able to create documents from scratch (that feature is on the way) is a major stumbling block that stops it from being a contender for replacing or complimenting your laptop....

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The HP TouchPad is a difficult device to categorise. It's remarkably easy to use and for the most part a pain-free experience, which lends itself to somebody who just wants to browse the web or read work documents at home, but we get the feeling it has the corporate user in mind.

After all, a strong suite of business functions such as Exchange and Google Docs integration does make it seem like the perfect tablet for the working man or woman. However, not being able to create documents from scratch (that feature is on the way) is a major stumbling block that stops it from being a contender for replacing or complimenting your laptop.

We really like the HP TouchPad and the TouchStone additions make it stand out from a crowd of iPad wannabes, but it isn't a complete package. When HP fills in the glaring gaps we will be able to wholeheartedly recommend it, but until then we can only say it's a lot nicer to use than the Android-powered Motorola Xoom but not quite as good value for money as the iPad 2.

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Techradar

There's a lot to like about the TouchPad

from Techradar

The HP TouchPad is less polished than the iPad, with a smaller range of impressive third-party apps. Yes, it's got features that the iPad lacks, but so do the Android tablets, and they have a bigger app selection, too. The interface appears more polished than many Android tablets, but in operatio...More

The HP TouchPad is less polished than the iPad, with a smaller range of impressive third-party apps. Yes, it's got features that the iPad lacks, but so do the Android tablets, and they have a bigger app selection, too. The interface appears more polished than many Android tablets, but in operation that doesn't really stand up. It's also lagging behind in many hardware features, such as HDMI output. HP webOS is a very well thought-out operating system, and there's a lot to like about the TouchPad. But why would you buy it over the others? We're not sure many people will find an answer to that question.

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TrustedReviews

You've got little reason to opt for this over just about any other premium large tablet

from TrustedReviews

The HP TouchPad has some nifty features, including its inbuilt wireless charging, Flash-enabled web browser and slick multi-tasking interface but it falls well short of being a true contender. It's thicker and heavier than most of its rivals yet lacks a few hardware features and it regularly suff...More

The HP TouchPad has some nifty features, including its inbuilt wireless charging, Flash-enabled web browser and slick multi-tasking interface but it falls well short of being a true contender. It's thicker and heavier than most of its rivals yet lacks a few hardware features and it regularly suffers from moments where it grinds to a halt. Add in the sparsely stocked app store and you've got little reason to opt for this over just about any other premium large tablet.

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ReadWriteWeb

Heavy, chunky, plasticy and cheap feeling

from ReadWriteWeb

Although this is far from being a comprehensive review of everything TouchPad, we found webOS to be a promising mobile operating system with several unique features. However, in its current implementation and form factor, webOS is not delivering as stellar a performance as we would have liked. Th...More

Although this is far from being a comprehensive review of everything TouchPad, we found webOS to be a promising mobile operating system with several unique features. However, in its current implementation and form factor, webOS is not delivering as stellar a performance as we would have liked. The hardware is heavy and dated, especially in comparison with the iPad 2, the app ecosystem isn't large enough and the browser not functional enough to serve as a Web app platform. While webOS makes for a compelling alternative to the iPad alternatives, it's not a compelling alternative to the iPad itself.

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AnandTech

Made for users who want to do more with tablets

from AnandTech

The hardware is heavy but otherwise competitive. HP built the TouchPad with a good screen, good speakers and a great way to charge the tablet. The OS could use a visual update but is functionally incredible. The webOS card system is the best way to handle multitasking that I've seen in a mobile d...More

The hardware is heavy but otherwise competitive. HP built the TouchPad with a good screen, good speakers and a great way to charge the tablet. The OS could use a visual update but is functionally incredible. The webOS card system is the best way to handle multitasking that I've seen in a mobile device to date. Unified messaging and Synergy are also very well executed features of the OS. Even the TouchPad's virtual keyboard is well executed. I really feel like the TouchPad was built for users who want to do more with tablets. I'm just hoping that HP follows through with an aggressive enough update schedule to actually deliver what those users are looking for.

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TabletPCReview

A well-designed, usable device that is worthy of consideration by anyone, especially webOS fans

from TabletPCReview

In just about every respect, I found myself impressed with the TouchPad. It's not perfect by any means, and while I think the hardware (especially the audio) is almost fantastic, webOS isn't quite there yet, at least on the larger screen of a tablet. Advanced gestures were a little more difficult to use to control navigation, and some changes, like the multiple panels in the email app, didn't work as well as they do on a smartphone. I think it's just a matter of time before the tablet version of webOS becomes a true competitor that is able to go toe-to-toe with iOS and Android. Sure there aren't as many apps, but the ones that are in the App Catalog are generally of good quality. If HP smoothes out the rough edges, the TouchPad can become a true heavyweight in the field. As it is now, I can't recommend it over the iPad, but it is a well-designed, usable device that is worthy of consideration by anyone, and especially by those who are already using a webOS smartphone and want something a little larger for more productivity and entertainment on the go, but on a larger screen...

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In just about every respect, I found myself impressed with the TouchPad. It's not perfect by any means, and while I think the hardware (especially the audio) is almost fantastic, webOS isn't quite there yet, at least on the larger screen of a tablet. Advanced gestures were a little more difficult to use to control navigation, and some changes, like the multiple panels in the email app, didn't work as well as they do on a smartphone. I think it's just a matter of time before the tablet version of webOS becomes a true competitor that is able to go toe-to-toe with iOS and Android. Sure there aren't as many apps, but the ones that are in the App Catalog are generally of good quality. If HP smoothes out the rough edges, the TouchPad can become a true heavyweight in the field. As it is now, I can't recommend it over the iPad, but it is a well-designed, usable device that is worthy of consideration by anyone, and especially by those who are already using a webOS smartphone and want something a little larger for more productivity and entertainment on the go, but on a larger screen.

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Expert Reviews

WebOS helps make the TouchPad a powerful tablet which is mainly a joy to use

from Expert Reviews

Although its current app support is disappointing, the Touchpad is such a great piece of hardware that it does most of what we want from a tablet without us having to install anything. The 1,024x768 IPS panel is bright and vibrant, the onscreen keyboard is easy to use and the tablet itself feels...More

Although its current app support is disappointing, the Touchpad is such a great piece of hardware that it does most of what we want from a tablet without us having to install anything. The 1,024x768 IPS panel is bright and vibrant, the onscreen keyboard is easy to use and the tablet itself feels tough and is pleasant to hold. The operating system is mainly a joy to use, despite occasional slowdowns, and once we managed to get videos to play we could get through seven and a quarter hours of films before the battery went flat. With forthcoming software updates to iron out the niggles it could well be the perfect tablet but, as with any new platform, if you buy into WebOS you're taking a gamble that developers will support the new platform.

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