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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 Pirks on 8/3/2011 1:41:26 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?
Why not? If there's gmail, why use native mail client at all?
What if I don't have a gmail account or a blackberry phone?
Get a free gmail account, what's the problem?
My Touchpad was fast before the update and even more so now
What you call "fast" is molasses slow compared to Playbook.
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...

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