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The TouchPad, the Kindle Fire, And If There Was Any Justice …

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A quick thought on the current state of play among ‘iPad rival’ tablets: if there were any justice in the world the HP TouchPad would be getting some heavy holiday buzz and talked about as a serious competitor for the iPad, and the Kindle Fire would be the nearly dead-on-arrival, discontinued tablet.

I’ve been trying out a TouchPad for several weeks now and a Kindle Fire for a little under a week. And it seems crazy to me that the Fire is the device that’s hot and buzz-worthy and considered a serious iPad rival (which is just plain silly) while the TouchPad was discontinued by HP when it had just barely hit the market.

I was messing around with both tablets again last night and I just couldn’t get that out of my head. The one tablet that was quite nice to use and feels to me like the next best choice to an iPad is the one with no future apparently; and the one that is hugely disappointing and far from a pleasure to use is the one touted as a big holiday hit.

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Checking Out an HP TouchPad

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Well, this is definitely not my normal tablet home screen. In fact it’s the home screen on the HP TouchPad that just got delivered to me yesterday afternoon.

I’ve been wanting to start spending more time with a few rival tablets for some time now, and I recently got the chance to buy a TouchPad at a good price for the 32GB model. Not quite the bargain basement $99 rate that some went for recently, but a good deal and sold to me by a friend and writing colleague – so I snapped it up.

I only spent a couple hours getting acquainted with it last night – but on early impressions I have to say it seems a shame HP gave up on this tablet so quickly (though I’ve seen some recent stories that say it may get resurrected). The webOS interface is quite nice of course and the hardware is pretty good too.

I won’t be posting too much here about the TouchPad or other non-iPad tablets – but I will be sharing thoughts on these at another site soon.

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Early Reviews of the HP TouchPad Not Good

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Several of the usual heavyweight tech journalists have posted their reviews of the HP TouchPad, which is officially released tomorrow in the US. Let me know if this sounds familiar – the early reviews for this latest potential iPad rival are not looking good.

Although the TouchPad is getting a lot of praise for its OS and attractive UI, it is also getting labeled as just a ‘mediocre tablet’ and worse. Apple Insider has a good roundup of early reviews, and I’ve read others that are similar. Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal says the TouchPad is ‘just no match for the iPad’.

Some of the reasons early reviewers are knocking the TouchPad include:

— Its weight – it’s substantially heavier than the iPad 2 and even weighs more than the original iPad. Mossberg says it is ‘bulbous and heavy’.

— Lack of apps – it has only 300 apps that are optimized for tablet. The iPad hit 100,000 apps this week.

— Poor battery life – Mossberg says it lasts only 60% as long as the iPad’s.

No rear camera and no camera for taking picture or videos – the front-facing camera is only usable for video chat.

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HP’s TouchPad Will Launch on July 1, Prices Start at $499

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HP announced yesterday that their HP TouchPad tablet device will launch July 1st. This is the heavily awaited first webOS tablet, and one that many people think may be the most compelling iPad rival once it’s released.

The TouchPad will boast a 9.7 inch display, just like the iPad, and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. There will initially be two models of the TouchPad available – a 16GB version for $499.99 and a 32GB for $599.99. They are both WiFi only models, while HP promises that they’ll be partnering with AT&T to bring out ‘connected’ models ‘later this summer’.

webOS is a much-admired mobile operating system and it is clearly the top selling point for the TouchPad right now.

What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “The platform’s unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with webOS.

The TouchPad will likely need more than just webOS going for it to compete well with the iPad. Like lots of developer support and a healthy range of quality apps for starters. It’s already starting over a year behind the iPad, priced the same, offering WiFi only models, and no 64GB model – but webOS alone makes it a potentially very interesting iPad rival.

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HP TouchPad Announced – Looks a Worthy (current) iPad Rival

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The HP TouchPad has been announced today, at an event in San Francisco. From what I’ve seen of the TouchPad so far it looks like it may be quite a worthy rival for the iPad – if (big IF) its release isn’t too late.

It looks especially interesting because it’s the first iPad rival that brings some fresh ideas in terms of operating system, interface, and user experience. Like the Palm Pre it will run webOS, which should lend itself very well to running a tablet device. Here are a few things that caught my interest in the announced details for the TouchPad:

— It will use the same slick activity cards appswitching approach as seen on the Pre.

— There will be WiFi and 3G models (as tech specs mention GPS for 3G model)

–It will be able to be wirelessly charged with a Touchstone dock accessory. Other accessories shown for it are a case (with stand capabilities) and a wireless keyboard.

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