HP TouchPad Conclusion

July 15, 2011 by Jen Edwards Reads (49,847)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


HP TouchPadIn just about every respect, I found myself impressed with the TouchPad. It’s not perfect by any means, and while I think the hardware (especially the audio) is almost fantastic, webOS isn’t quite there yet, at least on the larger screen of a tablet. Advanced gestures were a little more difficult to use to control navigation, and some changes, like the multiple panels in the email app, didn’t work as well as they do on a smartphone.

I think it’s just a matter of time before the tablet version of webOS becomes a true competitor that is able to go toe-to-toe with iOS and Android. Sure there aren’t as many apps, but the ones that are in the App Catalog are generally of good quality. If HP smoothes out the rough edges, the TouchPad can become a true heavyweight in the field.

As it is now, I can’t recommend it over the iPad, but it is a well-designed, usable device that is worthy of consideration by anyone, and especially by those who are already using a webOS smartphone and want something a little larger for more productivity and entertainment on the go, but on a larger screen.


  • Well built
  • Excellent audio
  • Snappy and responsive
  • Well-organized app catalog
  • Fast and effective device search

  • webOS not quite ready for large-screen tablets
  • Display colors a bit off at times
  • Web browsing sometimes sluggish
  • No rear-facing camera



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