Review Roundup: HP TouchPad

Submitted by lalit on June 30, 2011 - 10:17am.

After failed attempts from companies like Samsung, LG, Motorola and RIM, many are hoping that HP’s first webOS based tablet HP TouchPad will be the first true iPad competitor. Two TouchPad models with storage capacity 16GB and 32GB are available. The TouchPad comes with dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 9.7-inch LCD touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel front camera, Beats Audio, WiFi and Bluetooth. The 16GB model is priced $499 and the 32GB model is priced $599. So, how does this latest entry in the tablet market stack up to the iPad and other tablet currently available?

Most reviewers agree that though the TouchPad is nice and the webOS 3 is built with tablets in mind, it has many glitches and App support is minimal. David Pogue wrote for NY Times, “In this 1.0 incarnation, the TouchPad doesn’t come close to being as complete or mature as the iPad or the best Android tablets; you’d be shortchanging yourself by buying one right now, unless you’re some kind of rabid A.B.A. nut (Anything but Apple). But there are signs of greatness here. H.P. is coming to this battle very late, but it says it intends to stay the course. True, it’s tilting at windmills — but at least it’s riding an impressive steed.”

Overall, the TouchPad is a good first product, but falls short of both the iPad and some Android 3 (Honeycomb) based tablets. Below we have added links to 12 best HP TouchPad reviews posted online: