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HP TouchPad Review

Updated on May 30, 2014

HP TouchPad

As per the latest report published on my news website, the HP TouchPad hits the market on July1, 2011. The latest speculation into the tablet computer market by Hewlett Packard is the TouchPad. HP is making a big splash in a very big pond with its latest entry. The world market for tablet PC’s, has been flooded with offerings such as the Galaxy Tab by Google, the Archos 101, the Xoom by Morotorla, and the iPad and iPad2 by tech giant Apple. When the competition lists these big hitters in the lineup, HP will have to have some massive innovations and features in order to compete with the superstars swimming in this pond.

It is easy to see from the sturdy constructed frame of the TouchPad that HP is firing on all chambers in this offering. With an almost identical sized chassis as the iPad and iPad2 and a generous 9.7 inch touch sensitive screen boasting a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, HP is clearly in it to win it. Sporting a dual core 1.2 GHz processor by Snapdragon helps to keep things running quickly and smoothing in all applications and programs for the TouchPad. Helping things along is 1 GB of RAM, which is 4x more than the meager 256MB offered by the iPad. However, this aspect can drain the battery on the TouchPad faster than in other models currently offered.

Memory and Connectivity

Memory size is the first option choice for the HP TouchPad. Buyers can choose from a 16GB model or a 32GB option. HP has yet to release any information on whether the TouchPad will be available with a 64Gb option anytime in the future. There are no memory expansion slots for SD cards, unlike the Xoom offered by Motorola, so that moves the TouchPad down a smidge in the rankings. However, the TouchPad can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi connections or hard line connections. HP has released they are currently involved in talks with AT&T to offer a 3G version in the not too distant future.

Wireless charging is the big new feature that sets the TouchPad apart from the competition. Combined with the wireless data transfer aspect of the TouchPad that allows communication with other HP devices, makes the TouchPad a solid double at this stage of the game. One can purchase separately the TouchStone dock, which will allow users to transfer URL’s currently and at a future date even pictures, applications, and movies from the tablet. Software allowing the seamless transfer to continue once the TouchStone dock has been tapped is made possible by Wi-Fi, Bluetooch, or 3G (when available) is already being tested.

Having the ability to integrate multiple devices is a great first step in the proper direction towards mobility and interactivity for a very on the move world of tech savvy consumers. People live fast-paced lifestyles and want to keep moving at their current speed without being slowed by the necessity to wait for one device to catch up with the others. If HP continues to lead the pack in the direction of seamless integration of computer devices, it will place them as front-runners in the digital age. Unless HP’s competition can offer similar features on their devices, they will be left behind.

Open source developers can throw a wrench into the entire works by developing software that will allow devices of any make communicate and transfer data, such a thing is rumored to be taking place today.

While HP has hit a solid home run with the TouchPad, never fear. Giants like Apple are very aware of the circumstances, as evidenced by the new iTunes “In the Cloud” feature and are no doubt thinking the same way as HP. Right now, the HP TouchPad is scheduled to be available for purchase and pickup starting July 1st in the United States and shortly thereafter to other areas in the world. Tune into for more updates about this new gadget.


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