The evolution of HP tablet computers continues with the recently announced HP TouchPad shortly after the introduction of the HP Slate tablet in the fourth quarter of 2010. Unlike many of its tablet competitors, the computer giant uses different operating systems for its tablet PCs. The HP Slate runs on Windows Pro OS and the HP TouchPad runs on Hewlett Packard's proprietary WebOS software . With smaller and more compact devices and gadgets that change the way people do business, communicate and digest media, HP seems to be focused on listening to the needs of the market.
Apple's phenomenal success in launching the iPad tablet in 2010 has caused a frenzy among computer manufacturers and developers of smartphones and developers. Somehow they all want to take a bite out of the growing tablet PC pie. HP seems to offer a multiple approach.
HP TouchPad Tablet
HP has announced that the TouchPad Tablet will be shipped in June 201
Although the interface and sleek designs are similar to those of Apple and Motorola, the biggest distinctive feature for the HP TouchPad tablet is the operating system. The HP TouchPad works on HP's own WebOS while many competing tablet PCs use it Android OS and the iPad Apple & # 39; s iOS . HP originally purchased the WebOS with the purchase of Palm, which had developed the WebOS for use on its smartphones. The HP TouchPad is the first non-smartphone device to use WebOS . For better or worse this will certainly be distinguished from the many Android OS powered tablets PC & # 39; s.
HP TouchPad provides sufficient storage space because it becomes available in both 16 GB and 32 GB versions delivered. The TouchPad also offers a compact wireless keyboard for people who don't want to type much on the touchscreen. Other accessories include a flip case that also acts as a standard (just like the Apple iPad case) and a Touchstone dock. Multiple tasks can be performed with the HP TouchPad tablet interface; when a user has finished using an application, he can immediately wipe it off the screen instead of closing the application. Here are some of the specifications of for the HP TouchPad tablet computer :
- Operating system : Runs the HP WebOS operating system.
- Processor : uses a fast 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU.
- Weight: About 1.6 pounds.
- Display : Slim black 9.7 inch XGA capacitive, multi-touch screen with 18-bit color and 1024 × 768 resolution.
- Dimensions : Width: 9.45 inch, Height: 7.48 inch, Thickness: 0.54 inch
- Storage : either 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage
- Connectors : Charger / microUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
- Wireless connectivity : Wi-Fi 802.11b / g / n; 3G version follows.
- Bluetooth ® wireless technology 2.1 with stereo Bluetooth support
- Sensors : light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
- Supports video calls similar to Apple's FaceTime function.
- Adobe Flash is supported, unlike on the Apple iPad.
The HP TouchPad was launched alongside two other flagship HP products, the Veer and the Pre3 smartphones. There are indications that HP wants to promote integration between its devices, whereby actions performed on the HP TouchPad tablet PC will be applied to the phones, all with the touch of the fingertips.
The TouchPad tablet shows great promise, especially with the growing business market . HP probably believes that the sleek black 9.7-inch touch display gadget weighing 1.6 pounds will attract business customers, possibly because of the WebOS. The company strives for a close integration between its telephones, printers and ultimately via its line of PCs. This can offer potential benefits in the business world.
The Businessman & # 39; s Tablet: The HP Slate 500
In the fourth quarter of 2010, Hewlett Packard launched its first tablet PC, the HP Slate a specialized tablet with the Windows 7- operating system. The HP Slate is powered by an Intel Atom Z540 1.86 GHz processor, runs Windows 7 Professional (32-bit) and sports an 8.9-inch multi-touch WSVGA screen with active pen input (yes, it has a digitizer and Evernote software ). The HP Slate 500 comes with 2 GB RAM and a 64 GB SSD. The HP Slate also supports multi-tasking on the Windows 7 OS.
Slate 500 Specifications:
The Slate tablet weighs 1.5 pounds and comes with the pen, a folio and charging dock with two USB 2.0 ports, microphone / headphone jack and an HDMI connector. The tablet supports 802.11 b / g / n wifi and Bluetooth. It has both a VGA webcam on the front and a 3MP camera on the back for photos and video. HP claims that the 2-cell (30WHr) polymer battery of its Slate 500 is good for a lifetime of up to five hours and the docking station charges the tablet PC when the device is locked.
One of the best features of the HP Slate 500 is the chemically reinforced glass, making it highly effective for use in the field. With its sustainability the HP Slate tablet is offered to business customers through HP's standard channels, in particular to those involved in healthcare, retail, insurance, hospitality, and education.
The battle for tablet computer market dominance continues as long as new players continuously innovate and expand their functions, improve their designs and create new applications that will seduce even non-tech savvy users. For now, the HP tablet products have an interesting potential, with their sleek design, operating system and applications. It is clear that HP wants to conquer its share in the tablet market. Time will tell how well they are doing in this rapidly changing arena.