HP Touchpad

Rejoice! The HP Touchpad is here! Lets have a look at what’s good and what’s not so good about the HP Touchpad...

By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012

The Good

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New responsive OS

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Amazing beats technology sound

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Best virtual keyboard we have used

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Value at only £89 (if you can find one)

The Bad

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Very small selection of applications

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No HDMI, SD, or rear camera

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Applications can be stutter. Slow loading

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Discontinued product

Introduction

The OS is still razor sharp and leaves a number of its competitors eating dust with its response times, even after nearly a year.

The HP Touchpad: enormously popular, extremely effective and buoyed by the fact that it was one of the first Tablet PCs to really make a name for itself, but can it still make the grade in the face of such stiff new competition? We take a look at what’s still red hot about the Touchpad and also at what’s cooled down a bit since last summer...

 

The Specs

Inside, the HP Touchpad is still very much in-keeping with current standards, in fact, it even exceeds even some of its most cutting edge rivals. Boasting a 32GB hard drive, a full 1GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHz processor (the average on the newer models is 1GHz), the Touchpad is still an exceptional device, inside and out.

 

Able to connect via Wi Fi and Bluetooth (though not 3G), the Touchpad can employ two of the three major connectivity options, which is more than enough for us to be satisfied.

 

The Touchpad runs Web OS 3.0; this OS is noted for its hyper fast responsiveness.

 

 

The Price

Under £100? Get in!

 

The Performance

There is still a lot to recommend about the Touchpad. The OS is still razor sharp and leaves a number of its competitors eating dust with its response times, even after nearly a year.

 

Today’s top selling Tablet PCs (a group which still claims the Touchpad as a member), mostly have 7-inch screens, which can be a little bit too small for some users. The Touchpad, however, has a screen that measures 9.7 inches, making it exactly the same size as the iPad’s.

 

The screen resolution is 768 x 1024 pixels, which is still pretty credible, although some of the newer large-screened models can beat that fairly easily.

 

The touchscreen function works like a charm and continues to be a major Touchpad selling point.

Also, the sound is absolutely stunning. Applying technology licensed from audio specialists BEATS, the Touchpad has the best sound reproduction of any Tablet PC on the market.

 

The Touchpad has consistently high sales. This means that a) people who buy it are recommending to friends, b) a lot of people find it user-friendly and c) there will likely be large networks of Touchpad users who can provide free and easy tech support should you experience any problems.

 

In addition, it has really come down in price over recent months and is now available, believe it or not, for less than £100.

 

There are still very few Touchpad apps available for purchase or free download and, after nearly a year, its safe to assume that HP don’t prioritize apps the way, say, Apple do. This lack of apps won’t help the Touchpad when it finally does start to age, as by then, apps will most likely be predominantly created for whatever follows the Touchpad.

 

There are still very few Touchpad apps available for purchase or free download and, after nearly a year, its safe to assume that HP don’t prioritize apps the way, say, Apple do.

At 740 g, the Touchpad is heavier than most other Tablets, which affects its portability and ease of transport. Many other, newer models incorporate the same (or better) technology and are considerably smaller.

 

The device takes well over a minute to boot up, which may not sound like much, but when you consider the complications presented by commuting, that minute can seem like an eternity.

 

What Other Users Say

There are 52 customer reviews for the Touchpad on Amazon.co.uk. Of these 52 reviews, a whopping 47 are listed at 4/5 or higher.

 

User ‘Wazza’ posted an insightful 5/5 review, where (S)he said, “This is the perfect tablet for someone not looking to shell out £400 to browse the web comfortably” – Our sentiment’s exactly. Another good review was posted by ‘Andrew Compulsive Gadget Buyer’ (dig that wonderful name) he concluded that “A bargain as it is, once Android is onboard then this becomes an absolute steal!” To clarify, Andrew was suggesting that an ‘official’ version of the Android operating system would soon be made available for this device. However, as far as I know, this prediction has not come to pass. If you are interested in using a Touchpad that runs Android, there are solutions out there, but none we can professionally recommend.

 

Our Verdict

Now that they can cost less than £100, the HP Touchpad is unequivocally the best value Touchpad on the market today. Newer models, that utilize the same basic innards with little/no improvements in function, can go as high as three or four times what a Touchpad will cost you. Its a little bit big, its a little bit old, but the Touchpad is an ideal Tablet for the cost-conscious consumer looking to grab a bargain whilst still getting a respectable model for their money.

 

 

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