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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.

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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

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.

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