HP Touchpad ? Closest to iPad2

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Take a look at the latest tablet out in the market ? the HP Touchpad ? and the first thing you think of is ? iPad2!

It seems like a rip-off of the iPad2, with a sleek black cover, but it?s the weight that gives away the TouchPad, and shows who wins.

The HP Touchpad is the heavyweight contender, literally. It weighs at about 1.6 pounds (740 grams), which is around 23% heavier than Apple’s iPad2. Shoving aside a few glitches in the make, the TouchPad is the closest real competitor in the tablet market. It is the world’s first WebOS tablet, which gives it the competitive edge.

Multitasking

The power of the WebOS is true multitasking; multiple applications running at the same time. WebOS shows activities in the form of cards, not a sea of application icons on numerous home screens.

This means one can listen to music, update statuses on Facebook, read email and chat on IM at the same time. With the launch of a new activity, webOS will automatically group related cards ? for example, an email and an associated web page ? together in a card stack, so all related items can be easily tracked together.

With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications, TouchPad is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It?s ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale.

Apps.

On the apps side, HP?s basket is limited but growing. They are?working on in-app purchasing?to get more apps on board, as they stand around 65,000 apps short against Apple. They?re priced the same though: $500 for a Wi-Fi-only model with 16 gigabytes of storage; $600 with 32 gigabytes. TouchPads with built-in wireless data service from?AT&T Inc. (T)?are promised for later in the year.

People out shopping for tablets will without doubt take a closer look at the TouchPad, matching the iPad2 in hardware, specifications and price.

What remains to be seen is the battle between the TouchPad’s webOS and the iPad’s iOS, and how quickly HP fills up its application store.

Sources: HP.com, pdfdevices, bloomberg

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