updated 02:30 pm EST, Sat December 3, 2011
UK courts use discontinued TouchPads for trial run
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service made an unusual decision for a test pilot with tablets for its attorneys, officials said Friday. A Norwich crown court told The Guardian it will give prosecutors 35 HP TouchPads, supposedly worth up to £1,000 ($1,560) each, to keep court documents digitally during cases. Police would send information directly to lawyers with the goal of ultimately saving as much as £50 million ($78 million) by the next UK parliament.
The initial run would have hard copies available as backups, and would be limited to "less serious" cases in the event a glitch causes problems.
A full deployment would start in April. It's not known whether or not the CPS will be using HP TouchPads, although it may not have a choice but to switch to another platform.
The choice of the TouchPad is very unusual given that HP has dropped the TouchPad entirely as of August and might not have the supply or long-term support. Most commercial deployments of tablets are using iPads, both because the platform isn't already obsolete but also because of the much deeper app ecosystem than both webOS and Android. [via The Guardian]