Photo: Ellis Hamburger
HP’s first tablet running Palm’s WebOS software is launching tomorrow, hoping to give Apple’s iPad a run for its money.It’s the same price as the iPad ($499.99 for the 16GB version, and $599.99 for the 32GB version), but for now, TouchPads only have Wi-Fi built in.
We got our hands on the TouchPad for the first time today, and we’ve taken some huge pictures of it, many of which include an iPad as a point of comparison.
Keep your eyes peeled for our full review next week, but here are some initial impressions thus far:
- When we turned on the device, it took us about 10 minutes to get it to connect to our Wi-Fi network. Once we did, it took another 5 minutes for our WebOS registration to go through.
- The screen looks great, but the TouchPad isn’t ultra responsive. Even with only a couple apps open, there was noticeable lag.
- WebOS 3.0 is wonderful. Messaging, notifications, and Synergy (bringing in Google and Facebook integration) are all a huge breath of fresh air.
- The TouchPad hardware feels a year old. It’s the same size as the original iPad, and it doesn’t feel as fast as the original iPad.
- Typing is tough because auto-correct is poor, double tapping the space bar to insert a period doesn’t work, and apostrophes aren’t added to words like “don’t.”
- YouTube (Flash content) videos play inline as if you were watching them on your computer
- We really want to like the TouchPad, but it’s less than impressive thus far. Check out the full review next week.