HP TouchPad app experience scrutinized

Entering the tablet PC market (majorly dominated by two generations of Apple's iPad and scores of tablets from other PC and consumer electronics manufacturers, running on Google's Android software) rather late; HP officially entered the tablet arena on Friday, I July 2011.
HP TouchPad which runs on WebOS -- the mobile operating system developed by Palm, which HP acquired for a big $1.2 billion in early 2010; can think of giving an equal fight to Apple’s iPad, on a few fronts.

One such area is the screen size. The HP TouchPad has the same screen size as that of Apple iPad (both 1 and 2) – a 9.7-inch display with a 1024-by-768 pixel resolution. This experts think is a big factor as one recent study finds that Most iPad tablet users want a tablet with a display equal to iPad’s and are not opting for a 7 inch screen.

Another point where HP Touchpad finds itself at right footing with Apple iPad is its price. HP TouchPad has a price equal to the iPad ($499 for a 16-gigabyte wi-fi-only model and $599 for a 32-gigabyte wi-fi-only model). With HP planning to roll out TouchPads in more colors, and running on 3G cellular networks, later in the year.

But how is TouchPad faring in its initial days? LATimes tries to put some light on it with a hands-on video below:


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