HP TouchPad

Released July, 2011
  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • webOS 3.0
You can also change the size of keys quickly and easily, though we did find the standard medium setting to be best for speedy touch typing.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
7.1 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the HP TouchPad

Performance

Processing power and speed

TouchPad
6.3
Nexus 7
8.1
iPad Air
7.4
Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

TouchPad
6.9
Nexus 7
10.0
iPad Air
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

TouchPad
6.7
Nexus 7
6.5
iPad Air
7.0
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

TouchPad
8.5
Nexus 7
9.2
iPad Air
9.3
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

7.1

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

TouchPad
7.1
Nexus 7
8.5
iPad Air
7.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the HP TouchPad

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

TouchPad
1,708
Nexus 7
2,282
iPad Air
2,117

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

TouchPad
5,505
Nexus 7
13,772
iPad Air
n.d.

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

TouchPad
3,843 ms
Nexus 7
1,371 ms
iPad Air
1,808 ms

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

TouchPad
1,247
Nexus 7
3,842
iPad Air
n.d.

Reviews Word on the street for the HP TouchPad


7.5
The TouchPad is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon (the APQ8060) capable of speeds up to 1.2GHz — I doubt the tablet is actually burning that hot, but I can’t say for sure.

7.0
HP (formerly Palm) webOS is one of the finest mobile operating systems we've seen and has a better than decent chance of competing with iOS.

6.0
It's the same size (9.7in) and resolution (1,024 x 768 pixels) as the iPad 2 and is as within a gnat's whisker of being as good quality with great viewing angles, bright colours, and good contrast.

6.0
We'll go into more detail later, but where multitasking has been something of an add-on to the iOS operating system used in the iPhone and iPad, it's always been at the core of webOS.

7.0
In terms of hardware, the TouchPad runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz processor and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM.

7.0
Performance: Carrying along a 6,300 mAh battery inside, its battery life is definitely up there with the crop.

Overall

6.9 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Apps

For those of you who wish to sync music from iTunes, HP has a beta of HP Play for syncing non-DRM iTunes media to the TouchPad.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
Music has its own app, and you add music most easily by just dragging and dropping it when the TouchPad is plugged into your computer.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2011)
It's got support for Adobe Flash built in, a standard USB connector for charging or connecting to your computer, Beats Audio-powered stereo speakers and wireless charging using HP's Touchstone technology.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2011)

Operating System

Mail on webOS has been a so-so experience since the very first Pre was released.
by The Verge (Jun, 2011)
HP webOS is a genuinely impressive operating system.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2011)
Despite its unchanged stance with personalization, the experience doesn’t deviate dramatically from what we’ve been seeing with webOS all this time, which has always been pretty decent.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2011)

Operating system

Overall, the only thing we find new over the smartphone mobile OS is its fitting layout.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2011)
What's hot: Great OS, nice IPS display, wireless charging and phone comms.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)
That fact that this piece of the OS is extensible for developers also raises the bar.
by The Verge (Jun, 2011)

Screen

The TouchPad's screen is responsive when it comes to multi-touch, but we have two small problems with it.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2011)
It's visibly less bright than the iPad 2, for example, and although you might not notice it if you only had the TouchPad, the iPad is easier to use in any bright light situation.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2011)
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s pretty much the iPad display to a tee.
by The Verge (Jun, 2011)

Email

I’m not sure this combo will win everyone over, but if you’re planning on doing heavier email sessions and the like, it’s a pretty solid mixture of the familiar and the new.
by The Verge (Jun, 2011)
As for email, we already mentioned the funky triple column layout, but it's worth reiterating quite how useful this is.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Synergy does a remarkable job of integrating various accounts such as email, Exchange, Facebook, Yahoo, Google, Box.net, Skype, LinkedIn, MobileMe, Snapfish and Photobucket.
by MobileTechReview (Jul, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768
PPI 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.2 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 1.3 MP
Rear camera None

ports

USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 740 g
Size 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm
Thickness 13.7 mm
Battery life 8.5 hour
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