The TouchPad is here, and it looks like it could give both the iPad and anything running Android 3.0 a run for its money. The 1.6-pound device features a 9.7-inch display and 1.2-GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. You also get a front-facing camera (1.3-MP) for video chat. Other hardware features include 16GB or 32GB of memory, as well as a gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass.
As you’d expect, the TouchPad supports Activity Cards, so you can easily switch between applications, as well as whisk them off the screen. But HP has done a lot of extra work to make this tablet really shine. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until summer to get the Wi-Fi only TouchPad. A 3G version will come even later.
Here’s some quick highlights:
- The TouchPad also lets you post social networking updates right form the home screen using the Just type feature. You hit the bar, type the message, and then hit Twitter. (Not sure if if works with Facebook.)
- The TouchPad and webOS phones can sync up. You can take phone calls from the tablet, as well as send and receive text messages.
- At any time you can look at notifications using an area along the top bar. Integrates SMS as well as instant messages in messaging ap. Added a number row so you don’t have to press a function key. Plus, the keyboard is resizable–pretty neat stuff.
- You can view connected Photo albums in the Photos app from Facebook. And you can print photos right from within the app, including choosing the photo size. You can also view comments on Facebook within a given picture and add your own comments. (Also supports Photobucket and Snapfish.)
- HP is partnering with Amazon to enable users to read Kindle books, and HP also showed off a digital version of Sports Illustrated.
- Touch to Share feature lets you touch your webOS phone to the tablet to load the same website on both devices and share other info.
- The TouchPad includes QuickOffice for supporting attachments and viewing and editing Office documents.
- HP showed off a gorgeous flying sim game, but it remains to be seen how many developers will embrace the TouchPad.
- Beats audio technology is included, so you should expect crisp and robust audio.
- A demo video call looked smooth and detailed over Wi-Fi. HP is working with Skype as well.