The HP TouchPad has an impressive list of features–1.2-GHz dual-core processor, front-facing camera, Beats Audio–but how does it handle in person? Actually, it’s silky smooth. As far as we’re concerned summer can’t come soon enough, which is this tablet will go on sale. Check out our impressions and gallery below, as well as plenty of videos.
First of all, the 9.7-inch display looks amazing. We don’t know if it’s the 18-bit color but the 1024 x 768 capacitive screen is brilliant sports wide viewing angles. Content literally looks like it’s painted on. The overall look is sleek, but we noticed that the back of the TouchPad is glossy and is a fingerprint smudge magnet.
Palm has also done a nice job of integrating unobtrusive notifications. Not only can you see messages waiting for you in the upper right corner of the screen, you can scroll through them by swiping–all without opening the app. In the video below you’ll also see a demo of the e-mail app in action, web browsing, and the ability to answer text messages received from a nearby Pre 3 phone, as well as see who’s calling. The phone and tablet sync up via Bluetooth.
The coolest feature is Tap to Share, which allows you to touch the Pre 3 to the top of the TouchPad to exchange info, such as a webpage. We’re assuming HP is finding more clever ways to leverage this technology, but it’s a promising start. Multitasking and the ability to stack similar apps on the main menu worked as well as we expected.
The TouchPad looks like a very strong contender, but the summer is a long way away. And it’s hard to say how it will stack up against the iPad 2. Overall, though, we like what we see so far.
Check out our hands-on videos below to go in-depth with the HP TouchPad: