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HP TouchPad goes up for pre-order in webOS' big gamble

updated 01:00 pm EDT, Mon June 20, 2011

HP TouchPad pre-orders start up

HP on Monday ramped up pre-orders for the TouchPad. The first ever webOS tablet is up for sale at Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, HP itself. Every store is so far selling at the official $500 price for a 16GB model and $600 for 32GB.

The tablet is rare among non-Apple tablets in having the same 9.7-inch, 1024x768 screen design as the iPad. HP is counting on webOS' nature to give it true, always-on multitasking as well as unique tricks such as special Exhibition apps that invoke only when the TouchPad is on a Touchstone wireless charging dock.

Inside, the TouchPad is competitive with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and Beats audio processing, although it has just a front camera and not a back camera like most of its peers.

The design is, more than other webOS devices, HP's attempt to claim its first real stake in the mobile world as a company running its own operating system rather than its previous dependence on Microsoft. It has now largely tossed out Windows Mobile and plans to make webOS pervasive across virtually its entire lineup, even extending to dual-booting PCs.

By Electronista Staff


  1. kerryb

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    a lesson for the droids

    I'm not saying this will be a success but at least there is a company out there besides Apple that believes in making a holistic mobile device. It might be the only way to create an identity in a sea of droid clones.

  1. makemineamac

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    I hope it's good....

    Will most certainly be better than any of the Android offerings or the Playbook.

    It will also hopefully be some better competition for Apple, but I also don't know if their marketing will be able to generate any significant interest.

  1. hayesk

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    Joined: Sep 1999


    Looks good

    Looks like the first real contender to the iPad. All it needs now is the apps. Until then, well, it's better than an Android tablet, but it'll need the apps to compete with the iPad.

  1. Parky

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    Multitask - pah

    All this talk of multitasking is just a joke. What is the point of movies, games, etc continuing to run while you do something else, you miss what is happening. Just look at the Playbook advert, it's stupid. Why have 3 videos running at the same time, you can't watch them all at the same time. the iPad solution is much better, they pause and resume when you go back, that is real life!!!!

  1. erics

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    Im with Parky...

    I have never ever had any reason to be counting on Multi-tasking even at my level of pro work (CG).
    If I have to leave two apps on at the same time then its my problem if my system quits on me.
    Am I led to believe that I have to have my mail and Safari on at the same time on the iPad?
    Multi-tasking is more of a Marketing buzz word IMHO.

  1. chippie

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    Is Apple Going To Sue Them For Copying Their

    ipad design? If they don't, they weaken their case against Samsung!!! I wish the Touchpad all the success in the world. Seriously.

  1. slapppy

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    Hate to say it

    This thing looks just like an iPad 1st gen.

  1. demani

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    Multi-tasking is necessary

    Having music on while reading an eBook=multitasking
    Getting an incoming message while playing a game=multitasking
    continuing to get email while watching a movie=multitasking

    Yeah, its important. And having it allows things like a paper that downloads new articles in the background rather than waiting for you to manually update it. Or playing a game and still being able to get a phone call. It's essential for improving the experience.

    @erics: frankly if you can't have two programs open at the same time you are doing something wrong. Unless of course not getting email saying the client had a change for the project until the end of the day when you quit your CG program at the end of the day so you can start your email client makes sense.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010


    HP might beat Apple in just one thing

    And that thing is mentioned in this sentence:

    ..."webOS pervasive across virtually its entire lineup, even extending to dual-booting PCs."

    By the time Lion's successor is ready for release, maybe in 2013, I would expect Macs to boot either iOS (for consumers) or OS X (for pros.) Most consumers don't need to run Microsoft Office or Adobe CS5. And they don't need to navigate through file systems.

    Let the pros deal with all that old-school app complexity. Let them navigating through the file system and the old-school 1980's desktop productivity metaphor. They get paid to do deal with that.

  1. dliup

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    Perhaps you don't understand that iOS already has those things you mentioned.

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