HP TouchPad review roundup
HP TouchPad review scores are rolling in. Critics have positive words, but worry that the strong tablet market may wash away the HP TouchPad before it has a chance to grow.
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Charles Arthur from the Guardian was pleased with the TouchPad's preinstalled apps. And if you want to download more? "Ah. Yes. This is where things get a bit sticky," he says, sharing the same lukewarm tone as many other reviews. "The HP app store (called the HP App Catalog) is nearly as empty as the RIM PlayBook's one. There's nothing like the range of apps that you can find on Android – or, of course, in Apple's store. HP is trying to make a virtue out of this by having a big magazine-style front called "Pivot" (I kid you not). This only confuses matters, but can't hide the fact that there aren't many apps out there."
"Tablets. There is the iPad, and there is everything else. The TouchPad is the first tablet that could be truly something more than everything else. The TouchPad gets it," writes Gizmodo's Matt Buchanan. "Which is why I was so excited for the TouchPad. And that's why I feel so completely crushed right now.... You're stepping on my dreams, HP. The TouchPad is so close, closer than anything else, to being good. But it's also very, very far from it. Look, give this thing six months. It could be amazing. If it's not by then, well, I guess that says everything that needs to be said."
The final word
"Despite these problems, in many ways the TouchPad is a joy to use," says Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal. "Its new version of the operating system, webOS 3, was rebuilt with tablets in mind. As on competing tablets, key apps have been rewritten to take advantage of the larger screen. For instance, the email app, which can combine numerous accounts, has three sliding panels—one listing accounts and mailboxes, another listing message headers and short previews and the last containing an email’s contents.... But, at least for now, I can’t recommend the TouchPad over the iPad 2."
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