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HP Announces the TouchPad to Compete with iPad

by on February 9th, 2011

HP announced their TouchPad today, based on Palm’s WebOS (HP acquired Palm last April for $1.2B). The TouchPad, in every way looks like an iPad, but there are some pretty intuitive features of WebOS that look amazing.

Here are the specs of the TouchPad:

The device supports multi-tasking and Flash. It comes with Quickoffice and supports Google Docs, Dropbox, and Box.net for cloud file storage as well as HP Wireless Printer support. It also uses Skype for video calls.

A brief spec list:

  • Dual core, 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor
  • 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR,
  • Gyro/Accelerometer, Compass
  • 9.7, 1024×768 display, 1.3 megapixel webcam, supports video calling
  • 1.6 pounds, 13.7 mm thick

One of the neatest features during today’s demo, was the ability to share any URL from the new Pre 3 by tapping it to the TouchPad. As a platform, WebOS at this point looks like it will slay any Android tablet and the upcoming Blackberry Playbook. Android is just too all over the place, and analysts are saying HP will take the number two spot behind Apple with the TouchPad. No pricing has been announced yet.

What do you think? Compared to other tablets out there, how does WebOS and the TouchPad fare for you?

[CrunchGear, Palm USA]

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  • Coach83

    It absolutely looks promising but what Apple has over all the competition isn’t necessarily better specs.
    Numbers don’t lie and of course there will be devices, faster, etc. but NO ONE can compete with Apple’s ecosystem and their marketing ability.
    Sure I can buy a webOS or Android product but it won’t give me access to app store. Until a company can LEGITIMATELY challenge what Apple has build on a ecosystem level, companies, like HP, Blackberry, Samsung, etc can continue putting out good, great and even better tablets but they will not even remotely dent what Apple has done and continues to do.

  • http://twitter.com/davester13 D R

    Why exactly should we compare a demo of a vaporware product to actual, existing, shipping products?

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