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1001 cool ways to use an HP TouchPad 57

by Tim Stiffler-Dean Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:09 am EDT

In our forums, there are always a lot of fun conversations going on. A recent one created by antexity is bound to be one of those fun conversations, as users try to outwit and outdo each other by listing 1001 cool ways to use an HP TouchPad. With plenty of naysayers in the world telling tablet owners that these types of devices aren't worth the money,our PreCentral TouchPad owners are here to prove a point. So far, they're doing great! It's only been going for a few days, and they haven't made a very long list yet, but maybe you can help.

Head to our community forums to add your voice to the thread as our users list activities like:

  • Playing Plants vs Zombies in the advanced web browser
  • Getting your guitar tabs for new songs you want to conquer
  • Keeping kids occupied with a coloring book
  • Torrenting on the go¬†
  • Using it as a Flashlight
  • Taking over the entire galaxy, one planet at a time in Galcon Fusion
  • Watching TED presentations¬†
  • Listing 1001 ways to get rid of one certain purple dinosaur....
  • Decrease phone data usage
  • Waste time
  • Watch Live sports on Veedle
  • Checking recipes in the kitchen
  • Bathroom reading
  • Posting on the PreCentral Forums
  • Plus nearly 1000 more to go!
We'd like to see some really fun and crazy stories added to this list, and we know that some of you guys have a pretty good sense of humor, too. Hit the link in the source below to see what the community is talking about, and let's make our list of 1001 cool ways to use an HP TouchPad!
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57 Comments

Touch to Share!!! Oh wait...

Text Messaging!!! Errr...

eReader!!! Hmmmm...

Using as a...flashlight? wtf?

I admit, I do this often holding up the screen to see my way through the dark because I dont want to turn on the light at night.

Me 2.........ha!

LOL...I remember people saying how silly one would look using their tablet to take pictures. Wonder what they'd say about your flashlight use.

I share calls with it and my cell, no touching, original Sprint Pre, Booyah. Text messaging also, no touching necessary with oringinal Palm Pre, I am a video watcher, not big on reading. I play games though. Do you own a Touchpad or a Pre or Veer? If not, you should try them together, it is like PB&J, baseball and hotdogs, Halloween and candy, boyfriend supporting girlfriend, not boyfriend and girlfriend, maybe husband and wife, the boyfriend and girlfriend usually tend to get along better, and you still have the option to leave if one gets too annoying. Thanks for reading. WebOS rocks and rolls.

I tried the speaker phone trick once. I own a Pre+ and the experience was terrible. My phone was charging in the kitchen while I was sitting in the living room. I live in a little condo so I couldn't have been more than 20ft from the phone. Is there a trick to getting a clear call in?

I havent had any problems out of the speakerphone thing. I tried it by first letting someone know, then I mistakenly forgot to seperate the two and did it with my dad. One time there was an echo he didnt like, and another time it was ok. Not sure what it was.

I understand the 3.0.2 update helped with this. But if you do get the occasional issue, restart the call & it should work better.

How did you get them to text/ I have tried with no success. What kind of printer are you using?
I have sprint pre and a 16g tp.

I share calls with it and my cell, no touching, original Sprint Pre, Booyah. Text messaging also, no touching necessary with oringinal Palm Pre, I am a video watcher, not big on reading. I play games though. Do you own a Touchpad or a Pre or Veer? If not, you should try them together, it is like PB&J, baseball and hotdogs, Halloween and candy, boyfriend supporting girlfriend, not boyfriend and girlfriend, maybe husband and wife, the boyfriend and girlfriend usually tend to get along better, and you still have the option to leave if one gets too annoying. Thanks for reading. WebOS rocks and rolls.

How did you get texting to work with a Pre & the TouchPad? I tried with a Pre 2 but it didn't work.

Yep, pretty retarded article but not surprising given the writer.

Grow up.

Dude, you have got to lighten up! This stuff isn't life and death, it's just an os and a phone and a pad!

Is it really worth attacking someone who isn't even getting paid? The world is negative enough, don't you think?

As I like to say, "I've been saying for a year that there's no need for both a tablet and a laptop. And all it took to change my mind was 80 percent off."

Which is still true.

It seems like in this picture either the hand is really large, or that Touchpad is really small.

You should see his johnson!

LMAO. The thought as soon as I read his comment.

Since the BBC iPlayer runs on it naively, I use it as a bedside (or should I call it belly top) TV with VoD function(whilst my wife watches her own program on her TP). Sad, really sad, but true.

How do you get the BBC iplayer, and what is it? If you dont mind me asking.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/

It is only available within the UK (or I think you can subscribe if outside the UK). All BBC programs are available for 7 days on the net after they are broadcast. It uses Adobe air/flash, so to run on iPads you need an app. On the TP it runs as it does on a PC.

I'd like to get one during the next firesale. Would really love to see Slingbox come to the TP

Since it is so much easier to carry than a laptop, I use mine to write lyrics, books, poems or whatever. I got a really small backpack that will hold it and my keyboard. I used to use my pre then transfer everything over to the laptop or PC.

Same here, except for the writing music part.

Music player when working in the garage or yard. Play games while in the car waiting on wife and kids.

I use mine to slowly work my dad into the computer age, watch videos while cooking, always booted up, dont have to boot up laptop. Internet is always readily available on it. Use it at work to pass the time during breaks, for woot-offs.

Since I have original Sprint Pre, I use it to answer calls and send texts. Coolness factor. The IPad guy in our office hates when I do that.

So the text messaging works with original Pre's? I tried mine when I first got it, but it didn't work for some reason. Do I need to install a patch for that?

how do you get text to work?

It doesn't. Unless he's found a workaround that webOSinternals hasn't.

Maybe he's mistaken IM for SMS. I use messaging sometimes. Most of the people I text are unaware that IM and SMS are different services.

I could be. Let me try it again to make sure which one I do. Never put much thought into it since I am connected to my phone when I do it.

I sent one to my wife just now, and it said I need to connect to my phone. It seems it went through, but she is in a meeting so I will have to wait to see if she replies.

Ok, looked at it better and realized that it wasnt going through. I thought it may have been bad reception from my work area. Sprint is the only service that can be received at our job, and sometimes it is faint. Another reason the AT&T Ipad guy hates Sprint and WebOS.

how can I get text to work with my sprint original pre?

Mobile P*rn Device!

(MPD!)

Clear shelf space from all those books that you have electronic copies of now - I don't actually have a Touchpad ... yet ... so I'm imagining empty shelves :)

Yeah, you may want to check compatibility with the Kindle app. I hope you're not planning on reading any epubs. Nonative app, and the Homebrew workaround is, quite frankly, pretty bad. Although I'm hopeful they will beef up the app in the near future.

Show me one way to get one cheap... and Ill try your 1001 ways.

To be honest, $200 on Craigslist or Ebay is cheap. It is still a great product for that price. I have already gotten my keyboard which I use everyday that I overpayed for. $70 dollars from Microcenter. Too much for the keyboard, but I use it all of the time now.

I love the keyboard!

Wow.

32 comments and no one has said:

1) Frisbee
2) Coaster
3) Dustcover for shelf
4) Picture frame
5) Parts for Evil Device to Control the World.

Geesh. Kids today...

M.

Hey... don't give away my secret [5]

Plus, I like Quell and super sudoku.

I also take class notes on it. Now if only I could see ppts and pdfs on blackboard...

wait how do you use a touchpad to do torrenting?!

... there's an app for that...

compass

case I can't locate the hole :-P

I use the camera app to check for spots

I listen to Giant's games on my touchpad.

I write my novel.

I play a lot of video games.

Kindle app is great for me!

Listen to music.

Surf the web using my Veer as a mobile hot spot.

I just ordered a German unlocked Pre3 which I'll activate on AT&T, can't wait to use touch to share, if it ever arrives...

It's my laptop replacement, the macbook pro sits completely unused since my TouchPad arrived. And I only bought the thing in the first place hoping someone would create an Android dual-boot situation, if not it would be for couch surfing. Now I don't really care about the Android port. WebOS is amazing, especially with all the preware tweaks and patches.

Edited to add: my main system is an iMac, which I couldn't live without for audio and video editing. But instead of lugging around a much heavier laptop for routine business stuff, it's always my TouchPad now. It even fits in my modestly sized handbag!

You guys forgot cocaine glass surface!

I love my Touchpad! I have the Kindle app to read my school books and the movie app to watch movies during my downtime. I also have a few games that keep me entertained for a while.

use your sling thru web browser, works for me.

Listen to Leo Lahore, The Tech Guy on the weekends via web. No longer need to sit in the office to listen while being productive ... Or honey-dos.

Also great for blogging. Just ordered a keyboard as I find that I am doing more on the TouchPad than I ever thought I would.

Just bought one for the wife ... She's hooked on it. And now I don't need to share mine anymore. Great product HP, too bad you messed it up by bad timing and worse marketing.

Its a wicked sweet alarm clock/speakerphone/radio. There are way better tablets out there, there are way better OS's imo, but the value is great, and it is a useful web surfer, and all of the above. I would be pissed if I paid $500. But I bought 2 @ $99, and I sold one for $235 on Ebay, and kept one for me at a profit... No complaints here my friends.

o rly? I can haz torrentz?