It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a new tablet being released, each of which aiming to topple the iPad from its throne, and most of which failing abysmally. There are currently dozens of Android tablets on the market with some starting from as little as £70.
However, with the iPad reported to be outselling Android tablets 24:1, it would seem that even lower prices aren’t encouraging buyers to invest in Android tablets. Technology lovers are crying out for something different and the new HP TouchPad offers just that. Running their WebOS operating system, could the HP TouchPad be the device that finally shakes up the tablet market?
Previously seen on Palm devices, it is widely thought that HP purchased WebOS because they noticed its brilliant potential for tablets. Although it’s not as well-known as iOS or Android, initial reports are stating that WebOS is an incredibly intuitive, responsive and user friendly piece of software. The operating system is based upon a multi-tasking aspect that many lower priced tablets lack. Even mytechpartner says in DM1 review that every application that is running on the system is displayed on the home screen. When an app is in used, users can simply press the back button and swipe to another task, while all the other apps stay running in the background, and apps can be closed with a swipe upwards. The TouchPad’s powerful processor means that, even with all this multitasking, the tablet is always smooth and responsive.
Although the range of apps available for the TouchPad is not as wide as for iOS or Android devices, the TouchPad comes with a lot of built in functionality. Dropbox, Google Mail and Skype are all supported, and developers can add functionality if their service is not. It’s these features are more that makes the HP TouchPad stand out from the swathes of other iPad wannabes.