|Armageddon Squadron II has been|
demoed on the Touchpad to show
its ability for 3D gaming.
Audio on the device is going to shine, with stereo speakers and HP beats audio powering it. Compare that to the iPad, which has a single mono-speaker.
Now for the form factor of the device: Looking identical to the iPad but with a more curved design, the TouchPad weighs a little more, and is a little thicker. At 13.7 mm thick, less than 1mm thicker than the original iPad and about half a centimeter thicker than the new iPad, I don't see girth being much of a problem. Weight on the hand might be an issue - weighing more than 100 grams more than the iPad 2. Though this might be a non-issue, as reviewers have said it feels better to hold than the iPad.
|The Touchpad will be able to charge|
wirelessly on its stand.
In my opinion the best part of the tablet is wireless charging. Just set the tablet down on the stand and it will charge, in either portrait or landscape mode. This is probably the coolest feature about webOS smartphones, so I'm glad they incorporated it into the tablet. When charging, the tablet will automatically open up Exhibition Mode. The best way to describe it is just a "screensaver, but with useful information."
|The web browser on the HP Touchpad has been refined,|
and the virtual keyboard is just like a physical keyboard -
with a number row at the top.
|Touch-to-share allows one to send a webpage from the|
tablet to the phone or vice-versa.
Now after writing up what's cool about the tablet, what's disappointing? For me the first thing is the tablet's back is a glossy plastic, like a cheap laptop rather than a glass back like the iPad. Other issues I have are a lack of an SD card slot, no information on whether or not the tablet will act as a USB host, no 64 GB option yet, or HDMI output. Also, the tablet's lack of gesture areas takes away from the core webOS experience in my opinion.
Overall, I think there are a lot of great things coming in this tablet and I can't wait for it to be released. Battery life and pricing were not announced, but were said to be comparable with the iPad. The tablet is scheduled to be released this June.
Here are some videos of the TouchPad:
HP's official video for the Touchpad: