backtop


Print 40 comment(s) - last by Cheesew1z69.. on Aug 6 at 3:42 PM


HP TouchPad
HP continues to struggle to find its way in the market, despite a small contingent of loyal fans

Hewlett-Packard, Comp. (HPQ) is struggling, to put it mildly, in the mobile device sector.  Its latest efforts to revive the dying Palm brand have been met with largely public apathy and have posted abysmal sales.  Similarly, HP's long-awaited webOS tablet, the TouchPad, received lukewarm reviews and managed to gain less than 1 percent of the total market according to recent statistics.  HP is looking now to license its webOS operating system to rival manufacturers in a last ditch bid to stay relevant.

Now HP has released the second update to webOS 3, release 3.0.2. The newest iteration of the OS contains a number of small updates which should make the user interface on the TouchPad feel a bit more usable and responsive.  Among the highlights are:
  • The Email app offers faster scrolling and improved image rendering, as well as improved management of multiple emails in Draft and Outbox views
  • You can now set your wallpaper from photos in the Photos app
  • In the Calendar app, you'll notice improvements in layout, searching for events with Just Type, and more
  • Can't live without "can't"? You'll appreciate enhancements in autocorrection of contractions.
A full list of improvements is available here.

In a cringe-worthy example of marketing speak HP promises [press release] that with the update, "Now your TouchPad is even more like nothing else."

Perhaps that wasn't the best choice of words when one of the main criticisms of the TouchPad is the buggy interface and lack of apps. 

Of course, HP did inherit Palm's small contingent of loyal fans, many of whom bought TouchPads.  For example, on HP's blog, "RussK" cheered, "Great work guys. Keep it up. Thank you for providing a great alternative to the Apple, google, and, in the future, Amazon environment; I like the usability freedom HP and webOS continues to provide."

For these users, the update may be music to their ears.  For the rest of the tablet community it's just a humorous footnote.


Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

Touchpad is great!
By jamawass on 8/2/2011 11:17:54 AM , Rating: 4
I've owned a touchpad for about 3 weeks now and love it. Performance was pretty good before but even better after the update. You guys keep harping on about lack of apps but fail to mention it has a flash capable browser that eliminates the need for thousands of apps in Apple's catalog. I can view hulu.com, espn3, Amazon VOD, HBOGO to name a few directly from my browser.




RE: Touchpad is great!
By MartyLK on 8/2/2011 11:34:12 AM , Rating: 3
I agree. WebOS is a sweet system. The physical appearance of the HP tablet is excellent also.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By vignyan on 8/2/2011 1:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah... What the heck Jason!!


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Chadder007 on 8/2/2011 1:36:33 PM , Rating: 3
It's good to see HP keeping up support for WebOS too. Just need more developers, then again about all websites run just fine on it anyway. :)


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Belard on 8/3/2011 10:04:34 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh... I have no issues with the front, but the rest of the device looks and feels like crap, especially onces the finger prints stay.

It feels dirty.

WebOS itself is pretty good, in general. My only issues with it, when playing with the touch pad:
1 - Slow on rotations... like 3~5 seconds... way slower than my iPad-1... but I would expect HP to have improved that with patches.

2 - Settings area is a mess... a Single screen like Android and iOS would be better, thats a lot of tasks to kill.

Multi-tasking on WebOS is better than Apple and Android... easily.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By hughlle on 8/2/2011 11:37:26 AM , Rating: 5
All i seem to read about is the size of app stores, and all i can say with regard to my android phone is sure, they've a whole bunch of apps, but you know what, every time i browse through the store it seems that 95% of what i am lookling at is plain junk, not to mention they are nearly all just clones of a pre-existing app, there seem to be hundreds of different note taking apps, only needs 1..


RE: Touchpad is great!
By cjohnson2136 on 8/2/2011 11:42:40 AM , Rating: 5
This is true of the Apple store as well. All of the really good apps are on a lot of platforms anyway


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Suntan on 8/2/2011 12:00:33 PM , Rating: 3
I have a Pre, I’m well aware of the apps available and not available… …let’s not try and paint a better picture than there is by saying Apple and Android only have junk to fill up their app numbers. There’s clearly an app discrepancy with WebOS and it is something HP needs to forcefully work on.

Apologizing for them won’t do any good for us in the long run.

-Suntan


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Tony Swash on 8/2/2011 6:46:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
All i seem to read about is the size of app stores, and all i can say with regard to my android phone is sure, they've a whole bunch of apps, but you know what, every time i browse through the store it seems that 95% of what i am lookling at is plain junk,


You may be looking through the wrong app store.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By themaster08 on 8/3/2011 2:27:23 AM , Rating: 1
Or perhaps some of us have actually seen the contents of the iOS App Store.

quote:
not to mention they are nearly all just clones of a pre-existing app, there seem to be hundreds of different note taking apps, only needs 1..
This also applies to the iOS App Store, dumbass.

Note how you also called Google's Marketplace an app store. Now do you see why the term is so generic and how Apple should not be granted a trademark of that term?


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/2/11, Rating: 0
RE: Touchpad is great!
By jamawass on 8/3/2011 5:10:17 AM , Rating: 2
Playbook is a joke, a poor imitation of webOS,doesn't even have a native email client not to talk of synergy.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 11:28:51 AM , Rating: 1
It's way faster than HP WebOS tablet and you don't need native email when you have gmail (and bridge if you have BB phone)

Same empty "arguments", doh

*yawns*


RE: Touchpad is great!
By jamawass on 8/3/2011 12:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
I need a phone just to read email on a $500 device? You're calling using a competitor's email app (Google) basic functionality? What if I don't have a gmail account or a blackberry phone? My Touchpad was fast before the update and even more so now, I can check multiple MS exchange accounts-email and calender, invite attendees plus other pop and imap support this is email functionality the playbook could only dream of. I'll say it again Synergy, multitasking, beats audio, messaging is unmatched on any platform. Keep dreaming about soon-to-be purchased RIM while I do something useful on my touchpad.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 1:41:26 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I need a phone just to read email on a $500 device?
No
quote:
You're calling using a competitor's email app (Google) basic functionality?
Why not? If there's gmail, why use native mail client at all?
quote:
What if I don't have a gmail account or a blackberry phone?
Get a free gmail account, what's the problem?
quote:
My Touchpad was fast before the update and even more so now
What you call "fast" is molasses slow compared to Playbook.
quote:
I can check multiple MS exchange accounts-email and calender, invite attendees plus other pop and imap support this is email functionality the playbook could only dream of.
I can do the same over the bridge and with gmail and google calendar I pretty much don't need even that too often.

Keep dreaming about your molasses slow HP tablet while I enjoy speed on my Playbook.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By jamawass on 8/3/2011 3:06:14 PM , Rating: 2
You're just circling around the argument that your playbook can't do email. You expect me to send my patient's information over webmail? Regarding speed I would recommend you actually use a touchpad rather than base your opinion on reviewer's use of early builds.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 4:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
You're just circling around the argument that your HP tablet is molasses slow compared to Playbook. My Playbook can do email, I do it regularly both with gmail and bridge to my Torch. The difference is that it feels much faster than that HP half baked thing. If you send your patient's info on anything but secure device (AKA BlackBerry) you're dumb and the moment I know my doctor or lawyer uses something besides BlackBerry to send my info around I'll dump them immediately. Regarding speed I would recommend you actually comparing Playbook with that molasses slow HP tablet and drawing your own conclusions instead of listening to your wild imagination :))


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/4/2011 8:59:13 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know why people bother arguing with this idiot, it's the same rhetoric everyday with him...


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/4/2011 11:07:49 AM , Rating: 1
Fuck off stupid autistic clown who can't even entertain me well


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/6/2011 3:42:16 PM , Rating: 2
Typical Pirks response, go figure...


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Belard on 8/3/2011 10:12:10 AM , Rating: 2
RIM totally looked like idiots with their playbook. Basic features missing, performance issues... who cares if it can play videos back and forth.

But hey, more people in the field, the more tablet development we'll get.... but overall, most people don't care for RIM in the USA.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/3/2011 11:34:22 AM , Rating: 2
Basic features are gmail and bridge so nothing is missing, and performance is much better than HP's WebOS tablet so you fail again.

Everyone who tried both HP and RIM goes for RIM, it's a no brainer when you compare them side by side. A few delusional folks like you still float in their dreams because they never compared HP and RIM tablets. Well duh, float in there, I'd be probably with you, floating, had I not tried to compare RIM and HP tablets side by side one day... hehe

quote:
most people don't care for RIM in the USA
RIM or MS or GE or whoever don't care if people care or don't, they care about $$$ and global market share, so far the fact that MS or RIM or IBM or whoever became not trendy and Apple-flashy in the US did not affect their bottom line, both MS and RIM still make gobs of money.

Keep floating bud :P


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Belard on 8/4/2011 2:02:09 AM , Rating: 2
Okay... thats fine... if it works for GE or MS.... wait, wouldn't MS prefer to use a Windows based tablet?


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/4/2011 2:30:06 AM , Rating: 2
No Windows tablet currently can come close to Playbook portability/convenience wise, so I guess if MS is not going to torture its employees they would go with Playbook for now, at least until they make some nice WP7 tablet available... which will never happen according to latest news from that chair throwing Redmond fatso


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Belard on 8/4/2011 5:14:39 AM , Rating: 2
In 2-4 years, tablets will be far more powerful - and better keep their 8+ hour battery storage.

These will all be junk by then.


RE: Touchpad is great!
By Pirks on 8/4/2011 6:03:06 AM , Rating: 2
These will be junk but the new quad and octacore ARM tables will be all the rage, likely with QNX, Android and iOS inside, not Windows.


"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki