The HP TouchPad has a slick, multitasking-friendly interface, a browser that supports Flash, and Skype video calling built in. But all of these goodies won’t be enough to satisfy owners of the first webOS tablet. They need apps, and HP promises about 300 of them for launch. While that number is puny compared to the iPad’s library, we’ve found some compelling choices in the App Catalog. Here are our top picks so far.
USA Today offers a colorful grid-style interface on the TouchPad that delivers the latest headlines in multiple categories: news, money, sports, life, tech, and travel. You also get one-touch access to a five-day forecast for your location and at-a-glance scores for your favorite sports teams. Sliding the little handle at the bottom of the screen can make a story take over the whole display, and USA Today also embeds videos. We’d like to see sharing via Twitter and Facebook added to the mix, but overall this app is slick.