Since HP announced that it would discontinue operations with the webOS and kill off the TouchPad Iâ€™ve been scouring local stores and online retailers looking for one. I was willing to buy one for $299 just a few weeks ago so why wouldnâ€™t I be willing to purchase one for half that? Anyway, I stumbled across one at dynamism.com and instantly ordered it. It arrived last week.
Iâ€™ve had a little less than a full week to play with the TouchPad, but I have to say that the user experience is top notch. The card view and ability to move between multiple applications quickly is great. The universal inbox and calendar work like a charm, and the notification system is second to none; including Motorolaâ€™s system on their Droid series. Of course applications for the device are scarce, but Iâ€™ve been able to scrape together enough to make the device useful and fun.
Overall I think the device is great. Itâ€™s a shame that HP killed it without giving it an opportunity to mature and develop a following. I personally prefer the interface of the TouchPad to that of the iPad and would say itâ€™s at least on par with the Android tablets Iâ€™ve used; the potential is better. I havenâ€™t experienced any significant problems with the device, but Iâ€™ve only had it a short time. The biggest issue for me is the lack of applications. Iâ€™d be hard pressed to use the TouchPad for more than email, calendar and web surfing. Then again, with the addition of games thatâ€™s about all I use my FrankenNook for these days.
Letâ€™s hope someone decides to take the webOS from HP and continue to develop it. It would be a shame to see something with so much potential die.