HP TouchPad hands-on photos and video | webOS Nation

HP TouchPad hands-on photos and video

by Dieter Bohn Wed, 09 Feb 2011 6:12 pm EST

Here it is, the TouchPad. It feels quite a bit like an iPad, to be honest: it's virtually the exact same form factor with a glossy, plastic back instead of metal. Responsiveness is solid - but the number of apps that are both available and updated with the new Enyo framework to work with webOS 3.x on the device is pretty sparse. That said, we do really like the subtle changes to the standard webOS UI - notably putting notifications in their own drop-down menu.

One surprising thing: there is no gesture area to be found on the Touchpad - the home button is a physical button. HP didn't have very clear answers about how current apps that depend on the gesture will operate with the new system - it's pretty clear that they haven't yet decided exactly how to handle what they forebodingly called "legacy" apps. We are fully expecting that they'll be providing clearer details at tonights developer event and we'll be there to fill you in on all the details.

Other specs: a 9.7” XGA display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, and a gigabyte of RAM, a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling, and a feature HP calls Touch To Share, which will pair the TouchPad via Bluetooth to next generation webOS smartphones to allow for sharing of websites, and forwarding of calls and notifications from handset to tablet. Pairing is accomplished by placing the a handset on the home button of the TouchPad. Given the size of the tablet, HP has decided to remove gesture areas from the TouchPad entirely.

HP also previewed a high-powered touchstone dock for the TouchPad which holds it at virtually any angle you could want and folds up to a fairly thin, portable package. Expect the TouchPad to launch in WiFi only garb sometime this Summer, with mobile radio versions thereafter.

After the break, catch a video demo provided by the kind and gentle HP reps along with a bootload of photos.