TechSpot: HP TouchPad Review, webOS on the Tablet

The TouchPad is HP's first tablet effort running the webOS operating system that it acquired when it purchased Palm back in June of 2010. Many users and lovers of webOS's blend of beauty and functionality have been waiting with baited breath to see how it performs on a tablet.

While webOS has been praised by almost everyone who has touched it on a phone, it's had trouble grabbing a large chunk of the smartphone market share thanks to lackluster hardware and limited app selection.

Has HP managed to take the best of webOS and implement it on the TouchPad while avoiding the pitfalls that have plagued the platform in the past? Is the TouchPad a compelling option compared to market leader Apple's iPad 2 or the less impressive Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablets currently available?

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Does WebOS even have a place in HP's long-term tablet strategy? This first-generation offering is unimpressive and faces strong competition from Apple and Android tablets, and soon HP will be competing against it themselves with far more capable Windows 8 tablets.

Arkose said,
Does WebOS even have a place in HP's long-term tablet strategy? This first-generation offering is unimpressive and faces strong competition from Apple and Android tablets, and soon HP will be competing against it themselves with far more capable Windows 8 tablets.

dont think they realized that windows 8 was gunna be sooooo optimized for tablets but you never know, web os could run in windows 8/windows 7 on tablets and all-in-one computers.. dont forget that HP is thinking about putting web OS on their printers which is a huge use for it because they sell soo many and it could save them a lot of money that way.. especially the printers with touchscreens that have microsoft windows emmbedded on them..

I was expecting great things from HP with Web OS.. but they are just too slow off the blocks in innovating this stuff.. A hardware company should never try and run a software company.. Only people who succeed in this category are Microsoft and Apple..

dimithrak said,
I was expecting great things from HP with Web OS.. but they are just too slow off the blocks in innovating this stuff.. A hardware company should never try and run a software company.. Only people who succeed in this category are Microsoft and Apple..

microsoft is having its trouble with hardware still and apple is not innovating as much as it should on the software angle..

.Neo said,
Design-wise it just looks unattractive and fat in my opinion. Tried WebOS and loved it though.

WebOS is so underrated. It is one of the most intuitive and sexiest os's there are. But when I had the tablet, it was so slow, it drove me mad. Hopefully they fix it in software updates, but it taking 10-15seconds for mail app to open? No thanks.

I noticed the excessive lags as well throughout the OS. I was hoping that it wouldn't be this bad, but it was. The Engadget review video showed this as well: QuickOffice was still loading after 30 seconds, which is just utterly insane considering the fact Pages opens near-instantly on my iPad.

.Neo said,
I noticed the excessive lags as well throughout the OS. I was hoping that it wouldn't be this bad, but it was. The Engadget review video showed this as well: QuickOffice was still loading after 30 seconds, which is just utterly insane considering the fact Pages opens near-instantly on my iPad.

i think that may be because when you click on quickoffice it actually downloads it the first time.. its not like this in the stores cause its downloaded but its pretty much just to save room for people that are never going to use it.. thats what ive heard anyhow..