HP Touchpad Review

If you've been dying to get your hands on an HP TouchPad, your wait is nearly over: pre-orders start on the 19th of June and the tablet goes on sale in July.

You can only buy the Wi-Fi one for now

Although there will be a Wi-Fi model and a Wi-Fi/3G model, only the former will ship in July. The price will be £399 for the 16GB model and £479 for the 32GB model. The price and release date for the 3G version haven't been announced yet.

It runs HP's own WebOS

The tablet's operating system, WebOS, has attracted some good reviews - and it's part of a wider strategy that should see HP install WebOS on desktop and laptop PCs too. It's undeniably good-looking, and the videos released so far suggest that it's a speedy little blighter too.

It has NFC technology

The TouchPad uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to communicate with other WebOS devices, so for example you might share data with a suitable smartphone or laptop simply by sticking your TouchPad next to it.

Its specs are serious

The HP TouchPad has a 9.7-inch screen running 1024x768 resolution, A-GPS in the 3G version, quad-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. There's a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a front-facing 1.3MP camera for video calling, and you can choose between 16GB and 32GB of storage. If you opt for the additional Touchstone charging dock, you can even charge your TouchPad wirelessly: it uses the same technology that we've seen deliver wireless charging to Palm smartphones.

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