Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Quick thoughts on the HP Touchpad

So its been a while since I've posted anything on here, but ever since I bought an HP Touchpad during the fire sale, I wanted a place to put my thoughts on this now discontinued device.

what I like:
1)Price - I got mine from Target US via Amazon for $99...and with shipping this added up to around $140AU (yay strong aussie dollar!) - still within my impulse buy price range for tech, and definitely good value. I feel that all this attention and near-instant growth in user base could have really been utilized better by HP (ie. By reviving the touchpad, and/or continuing to develop the platform)...but I hope the WebOS dev's are seeing enough growth to stick with it during this uncertain period.

2)Interface - although not perfect (will get to that later), WebOS has a great user interface which incorporates the use of cards to switch between,  and manage running apps. The look is consistent and appealing overall.

3)Micro USB connector and drive mode - This makes it a breeze to get content to the device by simply connecting to any computer, and dragging and dropping files. Of course, the ability to view these files is dependent on apps that are available on the device.

4)Touchstone dock (wireless charging) - the dock, sold separately, does take longer to charge the device vs via micro USB port, but the ease in which I can get the touchpad undocked is worth it. Also, it's cool :-)

I tried to find a 5th thing that I liked about the Touchpad, but I couldn't really think of one that wasn't already covered in the previous four, so I'll leave it at that for now.

I think I'll make a separate post on what I didn't like so much about the Touchpad (there might even be pictures!), but from what I've experienced so far with the Touchpad and WebOS, I can say that there is a lot of untapped potential in the WebOS tablet platform, and I hope HP (and/or other hardware manufacturers) won't let it die.