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UK prosecutors get HP TouchPads, not iPads, for court pilot

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]

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  1. lkrupp

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    Joined: May 2001


    Simple really...

    This is the result of some Apple hating IT basement nerd advising the court what to deploy. To think that a discontinued, unsupported hardware platform was chosen is beyond hilarious. Apple haters don't care what's good for their customers one little bit do they.

  1. glideslope

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    Typical Brits. Sour Grapes forever.

  1. BlueGonzo

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    Joined: Dec 2010


    wasting money

    it's just tax payers money they spend ;)

  1. JBytes

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    [Looking on The Bright Side]

    Perhaps this little stunt will convince HP to keep WebOS alive?

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Two things

    First: Congratulations on choosing a platform that (very likely) is already dead and will not be developed any further.

    Second: HP TouchPads for $1.500 a pop? You've been screwed, mate.

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Mar 2009


    almost twice as expensive

    Just checked the online Apple UK store and the 64GB WiFi/3G model is £699. I doubt they will be given anything anywhere as loaded as the high-end iPad3.

    I checked and there are security flaws in WebOS 3. Just because WebOS isn't currently in active deployment doesn't mean the hacked aren't out there. With the UK Crown Prosecution Service having them with the potential for very sensitive data on them, it won't take very long for someone to try and hack into them, especially since they know where to look for them.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Joined: Nov 2009


    You iDiots.

    They are going to Root the TouchPads and install Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on them.

    Jesus you people are stupid!


  1. mp1963

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    Joined: Jun 2010


    Its not about the hardware..

    The problem is with the moronic pencil pushers who run the UK. They have not a clue about computer hardware and software. Just look at what has happened to numerous IT projects which has been scrapped and/or failed at the cost of billions of pounds.. but then again its only taxpayers money they are spending and we don't mind them wasting our hard earned cash.. honestly we don't!!!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    What a bunch of idiots...

    buying into a dying or already dead platform. WebOS's fate hasn't yet been decided by H-P, but it seems the consumers already voted it out of contention until those $99 fire sales took place. Are those Brits that cheap, that they couldn't pay to buy a better contending tablet than the TouchPad. I doubt that much development will be happening for WebOS.

  1. podleian

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    This article is wrong. The Guardian article did have a picture of a Touchpad at its head, for some reason, but didn't actually say that CPS were using them. It referred to HP tablets. They are, in fact, Windows 7 based convertibles, like this kind of thing:

    Why not iPads? The CPS, Court Service, the vast majority of Defence solicitors, and the government, all use Windows based systems as standard. iPads would work out far more expensive in the long run, since all desktop machines and infrastructure would need replacing, the bespoke case management system would be replacing, and staff would need retraining.

    I love my iPad, use it in court and am typing on it now, but even I accept that it just wouldn't be practical.

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