I received an email announcement at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING that HP has released their TouchPad, which is now running the WebOS software. As you know, HP acquired Palm WebOS in 2010 which has the potential for greatness, if developed properly. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.
The HP TouchPad has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core APQ8060 processor, which in its self is impressive. The TouchPad also has the Qualcomm Adreno 220 core graphics system, which on its own is also impressive.
The HP TouchPad has a 9.7” diagonal LED-backlit glossy multitouch display. Yes there is a webcam on the front of the device at the 12’oClock position. Battery life is not an issue; it has up to 8 hours of web surfing enjoyment over Wi-Fi (per HP’s specs). Printing is built in, if you have a compatible HP wireless printer or any ePrint enabled printer.
You can buy direct from HP.com and there are two models available currently, 16gb $499.99 or 32gb $599.99. You can also acquire one from a plethora of dealers that HP has an alliance with like: BestBuy, Staples, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Costco, OfficeMax, Amazon, RadioShack, Fry’s Electronics, Newegg, etc.
I was curious about reviews, so I checked out a review done by Associated Press released on June 29th, 2011 “HP TouchPad More Blah then Brilliant” – it’s an interesting review, not quite the review HP would hope for, but its an unbiased (one would hope) review of the Technology, by somebody who’s in the technology field.
Since the device is brand new, and HP is building out the WebOS environment, only time will tell what other apps are developed for this newly repurposed WebOS, in the meantime, you can click here to see the current selection available.