Another iPad competitor surfaces

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HP has joined the race to compete significantly with the Apple iPad after announcing its release of the HP Touchpad which will ship starting on the 1st of July, 2011.

The HP Touchpad features it’s own OS (Web OS 3.0) which is different from all other iPad competitors which port the Android Honeycomb OS for their tablets, and so this may give them an edge in terms of customization. The Touchpad is also a very business-friendly device and is very conversant with the Palm OS devices and the HP smart phones as well, and so it offers a lot with regard to business functionality.

The HP Touchpad boasts a 1.2GHz core Qualcomm processor, 1 GB of memory onboard and the options of 16 or 32GB storage as comes standard with other tablets. It has a 9.7 inch 1024 x 768 display and weighs 1.6 lbs (740g.). It features one micro-USB port and a 3.5mm. headset jack, regular Wi-Fi capabilities and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera only. It’s pricing is set at $499 and $599 for the 16GB and 32GB respectively.

This tablet, for the moment, does not really appeal to the everyday user as it presently lacks lots of applications; which does not come as a surprise seeing as Web OS 3.0 is a new OS and apps have not yet been developed for it.

But tell us what you think, is the HP Touchpad going to pose a threat to the Apple iPad. Or is it just another come and go tablet? Leave us your thoughts in the comments box below.

Paul Ogunlowo

Paul Ogunlowo is a technology lover and enthusiast. He is a Sophomore student studying Information Technology at Hofstra University.

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