Why I bought an HP Touchpad

August 22, 2011
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No doubt you've all heard about HP canning webOS and the ensuing fire sale of their Touchpad tablet for just $99. With a price this low, demand soared as HP tried to unload their remaining stock. I was one of those lucky/persistent enough to grab one from HP, but when I already have a Galaxy Tab 10.1 from IO, what would I want one for?

The HP Touchpad wasn't exactly a hot seller, part of why its being killed off. Some people loved webOS, but I wasn't too impressed by it over Honeycomb. From a hardware standpoint, the Touchpad was nothing to scoff at. With a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon (the same processor in the Sensation) and a gig of RAM, it's not too far off spec wise from other Android tablets.

From a design standpoint, the HP Touchpad is big, heavy and will always have an inferiority complex thanks to my Galaxy Tab 10.1. So I already have a tablet, and even if it doesn't put the Touchpad to shame too badly, its a lot chunkier. Why would I blow $99 on it then? Let's review:

    For Science!:

As an engineering student, I find, programming, hacking, and occasionally breaking electronics extremely satisfying. This includes flashing ROMs, and hopefully in the near future loading Android onto the Touchpad. For only $99 the Touchpad is a lot of really powerful hardware for (relatively) cheap. This makes it much less heartbreaking if it should fall victim to my tinkering.

    For a "smart-house":

With all of Google's promises of a futuristic Android-powered house we saw at Google IO this year, I'm hoping to see some cool stuff in the next couple years. It would be even cooler to have all this controlled by an Android tablet. The Touchpad will be perfect for this. Its, ahem, "larger size," or lack of 3G radios won't matter if its mounted on a wall, or isn't meant to leave the living room. At this point there's not a whole lot of support for smart home technology, but like I said, I'm an engineering student, I'll figure something out.

So what cool things are those of you who are planning on putting Android on a Touchpad going to use it for?


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  • Acupunc

    picked up 2 of the 32gb

    one for my mother–80yr & her first computer, it will do all she needs. I’ll play with the other one.
    it has several issues but nothing I can’t live with.
    when honeycomb+ is ported then I’ll most likely go with it.
    since I do a lot on the web, that’ll be its main use–so apps aren’t a big issue.

    did find out that part of its slowness is due to the log collecting.
    go to apps, settings, device info, device info settings drop down–diagnostics
    diagnostics settings drop down–collect logs
    change the log collecting too the lowest setting possible.

    after I changed one I compared the two side by side & on many things it significantly improved speed.

    • http://twitter.com/Stjimmy408 Dylan bernardo

      try installing all of the patches from preware (install that too) and clock the CPU back up to 1.5 Ghz. HP underclocked it to save battery life. it is completely stable to clock it back, because the processor is rated for 1.5 anyways.

  • oGsSTC

    Pff, obvious Android fanboyism here, Touchpad is way more capable than just tinkering….

  • Bowman

    Its $99. You dont really need to write a book on why you’d buy one. It’s 99 freaking $.

  • chanel tasche

     Nicht in Deutschland. Es geht um den

    Inhalt. Hau mal einen CEO von einer Firma an, die du nicht kennst. Aber dem du was

    mitteilen willst. Geht nicht!
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