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Palm TouchPad to weigh 1.5 pounds and is 13mm thick

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from press release

HP today enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate ¬– the HP TouchPad – the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.(1)
With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications,(2) TouchPad works the way you do and is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It’s ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale.

HP TouchPad features and specs
— HP webOS
— High-speed connectivity(1)
— Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor
— 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display
— The option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(14)
— High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content(1)
— Wireless connectivity:
— Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication(1)
— A-GPS (3G only)(10)
— Bluetooth® wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
— Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, and a 3.5 mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
— Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
— Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling(11)
— Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)(6)
— Robust messaging support(4)
— Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
— Rechargeable 6,300 mAh (typical) battery
— Micro-USB (Charging and PC Connect) with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
— Built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging (HP Touchstone for TouchPad sold separately) and HP touch-to-share to share web addresses between TouchPad and compatible webOS phones(5)
— Dimensions: 190 mm x 242 mm x 13.7 mm (7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches)
— Weight: approximately 740 g (1.6 pounds)
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Looks every bit as good as an iPad but Pricing and apps will be critical. If its not cheaper then why bother and if I can't download a bunch of good apps, then why bother.
I think the value proposition is for people who would prefer webOS over iOS. We'll see how it turns out, but I think the card-based multitasking of webOS will prove to be superior for tablet computing scenarios than Apple's current "multitasking" implementation in iOS 4.

If the pricing is in the iPad price range, I may upgrade from my current (WiFi) iPad to a TouchPad. My iPad may become a dedicated Sonos controller. ;)
What's the point in spending all that money on a tablet if it's mostly just for web browsing?
Aside from the Sonos controller app, that's 90% of what I do on my iPad: browsing. Why? Because the web is where all the content is!
hugh said:
Well there's six sales. Look at sales of Pre. They are microscopic.
Sure, but I think Palm's inability to sell the Pre to the mass market was a function of their poor marketing campaign and being a relatively small (cash-strapped) company. I think webOS has potential because it certainly has a lot more mindshare than it does marketshare in the "technorati" circles. One pattern that I've seen again and again is that mindshare gains precede marketshare gains.

Oh, and HP should be able to do a better job getting their products to market since they have a relationship with most technology retailers, and they do indeed seem to be "doubling down" on webOS.
If anyone is interested, a video of the event is available on Youtube.

I dunno, I think HP can differentiate themselves from Apple in a couple important ways:

- Provide a better multitasking system.
- Deliver a better browser than iOS

In these two areas iOS sets the bar really low. I think HP has the multitasking thing nailed. I just hope their browser is excellent. The key failings of the iOS browser is: no tabs, crappy on-screen keyboard, poor execution of remembering credentials, bookmark/password synchronization with your PC.

Text entry in general on a iPad leaves a lot to be desired. I hope tablet software makers figure out ways to make it better.
I've never had any bookmark synchronization problems with my Mac....maybe that's a PC-only problem. Don't really know what else you want from a keyboard other than all letters/numbers/symbols. If it's the very fact that it's onscreen, well that ain't ever going to change.
I have a Mac which is the iTunes instance my iPad syncs with. How do you setup bookmark/password sync between your iPad and your Mac browsers?
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