Hewlett Packard and its latest venture into the tablet arena, the TouchPad, are making big waves in a really big pond. The pond, or the world tablet PC market, has been inundated with Google’s Galaxy Tab, Archos Android Tablets, Motorola’s Xoom, and both giants the iPad and iPad2. With the competition being this tough, the HP TouchPad had better bring some astounding features if it wishes to compete with the big ducks in the tablet PC pond.
Release Date: As reported on my news website, the HP TouchPad gets releases on July 1st, 2011.
HP comes out swinging with a solid construction of the TouchPad. The chassis measures nearly identical to the iPad and the screen comes in at a swarthy 9.7 inches with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor ensures smooth and fast response on all programs and applications run on the TouchPad. 1 GB of RAM, 4X more than the iPad at a mere 256MB, helps keep things running well, but can sap the energy from the battery, thus decreasing battery longevity.
With the HP TouchPad, you have the option when it comes to memory size. You can currently choose between a 16GB or 32GB version with no news from HP about possible 64GB options coming in the future. Unlike Motorola’s Xoom, the TouchPad does not include a memory expansion SD card slot. Currently, the HP TouchPad will only be able to connect to the web via wired or Wi-Fi, but HP says that a deal is in the works with AT&T to provide 3G connectivity in the near future.
The HP tablet also offers wireless charging and a new feature that makes the biggest splash. Wireless data transfer with other HP devices. Using the (sold separately) TouchStone dock, one can transfer URL’s and eventually movies, pictures, and applications to and from the TouchPad. The tablet’s software will allow the transfer to continue seamlessly after the TouchStone dock is ‘tapped’ via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or 3G connections as needed.
The ability to integrate devices in this fashion is a huge step in the right direction for seamless interactivity and mobility in the technology world. Consumers live high-paced lives and do not want to be slowed down when they switch between devices. Moving towards the seamless wireless integration of all computer-based devices could place HP in the forefront of the digital age. Competitors will be left behind unless they can offer a similar feature on their devices.
The largest problem with this type of technology will be the competitive edge from open source developers, who are rumored to be trying to develop software that will allow devices of any and all makes to integrate in such a fashion without the necessity for all devices to be of one manufacturer.
HP continues to lead the pack in this area at the moment, but rest assured that competitors in the field, like Apple, are aware of the situation. Apple’s latest release of the new iTunes In the Cloud transfer is a testament that the tech giant is thinking along the same lines. Currently, the HP TouchPad will be released in the US beginning July 1st and soon thereafter to other parts of the world. Tune into NewzChief.com for more updates.