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HP Touchpad review

A tablet with the WebOS operating system
Fri Jul 22 2011, 18:05

Product HP Touchpad
Specifications 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16 or 32GB storage, 9.7in 1024x768 display, 1.3MP webcam, WebOS, 190x240x13.7mm, 740g.
Price From £399

NEW ON THE SCENE HP's Touchpad tablet is finally here to tackle the tablet market with its WebOS operating system.

The Touchpad has a look that's extremely similar to that of Apple's Ipad 2 and we'll be partially comparing the two in this review. The front is strikingly akin to the fruit themed firm's tablet with a large bezel around the screen, a single home button and a front facing camera.


However, the rear is a different story with a glossy black plastic cover that we're not keen on. This makes the Touchpad feel lower quality and we found the cover was a magnet for fingerprint marks and the like.

That's not to say the Touchpad doesn't look nice, because it is quite a stylish device, and the curved design makes it comfortable to hold.

There's no rear camera, which most other tablets seem to have, but we aren't really bothered by this as using a tablet as a camera makes you look like a lunatic.

Side by side the Touchpad is both thicker and heavier than the Ipad 2, which is a disappointment. It is 13.7mm and 740g compared to the slender 8.8mm and lightweight 600g of the Ipad 2. The Touchpad is one of the chunkier tablets we've seen and you won't want to hold it with one hand for long.

For hardware, the Touchpad has a lot to offer. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz processor that is faster than the 1GHz chip in the Ipad 2 on paper and means the tablet is pretty speedy at what it does. We did find some lag when rotating the device between portrait and landscape. Sometimes we had to wait a few seconds for the screen to turn round. Flicking round the tablet's menus, in and out of apps and general tasks happened lightning fast with no hesitation though, which is excellent.


Storage options are 16GB or 32GB priced at £399 or £479, respectively. These are exactly the same prices as the equivalent Ipad 2 but if you're looking for as much space as possible then Apple does offer a 64GB model. Currently the Touchpad is WiFi only with 3G versions still to be announced.

Like the Ipad 2, the Touchpad has a 9.7in screen with 1024x768 resolution. The screen does look decent and brightness is good if you set it to maximum but the Ipad 2 screen just looks a bit better overall.

The Touchpad screen is responsive to touch and swipe gestures with a little ripple where you touch the screen, for visual effect. Swiping upwards from the bezel sometimes took us a few attempts before the Touchpad recognised our intent.


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