The Best Tablet So Far: The HP TouchPad(video)

The Best Tablet So Far: The HP TouchPad via Anphase.

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HP TouchPad

The HP TouchPad’s is the epit­ome of tablets in 2011. It has the design, the guts and the user inter­face of a true champ. It’s even bet­ter than the Apple iPad because it beats it at its own game — blend­ing ele­gance and emo­tion with func­tion­al­ity. The Touch­Pad takes func­tion­al­ity to a whole new level.

Design

The Touch­Pad is slim and it has a glossy fin­ish. It’s got a gor­geous 9.7-inch XGA capac­i­tive, mul­ti­touch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color and a 1024×768 res­o­lu­tion. It also has a 1.3MP front fac­ing cam­era and inter­nal stereo speak­ers with Beats Audio™. A well thought out design.

Guts

The Touch­Pad per­for­mance is awe­some. Way bet­ter than any­thing we’ve seen on Android 3.0 Hon­ey­comb tablets — that’s the Motorola Xoom and the Sam­sung Galaxy 10.1. It has a snappy Qual­comm Snap­dragon dual-CPU APQ8060 clocked at 1.2GHz. Each core is faster than the proces­sor on any tablet released in 2010 and there are two of them! It is the best per­form­ing tablet yet.

User Inter­face

The UI is what sets this tablet apart more than any­thing. It’s beau­ti­fully done and very well thought out. The ‘cards’ and ‘stacks’ and espe­cially the noti­fi­ca­tions all make for an unpar­al­leled expe­ri­ence. The inte­gra­tion of ser­vices like Twit­ter and Face­book is deep — the expe­ri­ence feels more com­plete than any­thing. I’ve embed­ded a video demo posted by HP to show you what I’m talk­ing about after the break.

WebOS Think Beyond Event

UPDATE 2019. I’ve inserted AnandTech’s review from back in the day by Anand himself no less. The tablet was ahead of it’s time. A lot of the features in there are what we see in design now — No physical home button, gestures etc. Oh well.

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