Review of the HP Touchpad

6 November 2012

With the many tablets on the market today, it is going to be hard for HP to promote the new HP Touchpad. However, it is expected HP will sell as many as 4 to 5 million of these and the US is the first country to receive this tablet. Most people think expensive means best. With a low price tag of just $99, does this inexpensive tablet have what it takes to compete?


  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor
  • Multitasking with HP webOS 3.0 and productivity apps
  • 9.7 inch diagonal LED backlit touch display
  • Beats audio for studio quality sound

Pros of the HP Touchpad

For one thing it is a tablet which means it is like a small laptop. This means it can be taken anywhere and be used with WI-FI wherever you go and are able to get on WI-FI, which is almost everywhere.

It also comes in 16 GB and 32 GB. However, the 16 GB is cheaper.

It has a small, wireless keyboard for your use, a new webOS 3.0 and the screen is black and attractive.

Battery life can last up to 5 hours and it can support video calls as well as Adobe flash and has some cool software features.

Cons of the HP Touchpad

One thing that many people may not like about it is that it will be first offered as WI-FI only. This means no hooking up to an Ethernet cord in case your WI-FI goes awry.

It also has a Web OS which many people don’t know about therefore don’t use yet.

Also, it has a front facing camera instead of a rear facing camera which many people may not be used to.

No more big apps with the HP Touchpad. With it being so inexpensive and having a webOS instead of an Android or Windows, developers won’t be coming out with any new and big apps for this device. There may be no future for the HP Touchpad.

Another thing about having a WebOS is that it doesn’t have much support with it yet. HP hasn’t been able to license this software or find any new buyers for it yet so this leaves with a lack of support for it right now.

Although the HP Touchpad has a few more cons than pros, it is only $99 so what is the major problem with trying it out? If you try it out and don’t like it, at least you didn’t waste a bunch of money on it since the price tag is so low. You might also own a piece of history if it doesn’t work out to have a future. 

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