Review: The HP Palm TouchPad--A Credible iPad Challenger

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 20:54
Review: The HP Palm TouchPad--A Credible iPad Challenger

Tags: mobile apps | Operating Systems | tablet

Palm is back. WebOS and the Palm TouchPad are nearly perfect, an excellent amalgamation of everything that was ever right about Palm. But is perfection enough?

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Without a strong app base and some work on performance issues, the TouchPad may be the most beautiful dead end we have seen yet. But there is hope.


in this review, TechCrunch John Biggs struggles with his inability to predict the future.


The new Palm tablet seems quite good but facing off Apple is no small task. Biggs says the app store is a "wasteland." There's just not enough apps there.


That's is main concern. He worried that not enough developers will want to create apps for the new HP webOS when we're seeing 500,000 Android activations daily.


"With countless Android tablets flooding the market with product and a major player “flummoxing” all comers? Biggs says. "I don’t know. I really don’t."


No one does. But developers are worldwide and are starved for new markets. webOS is a new market. My guess is the app store will not be the hold up. It may take a year, but apps will be built for this tab.


Biggs' other big concern is that Flash is a hog and runs slow in the TouchPad. This is why Apple is not working with Adobe Flash.


But Flash is ubiquitous. Its problems, too, will be solved.


The HP tab, if I'd have to make a guess, will be here in two years. and three. It won't be as big as Apple or Android but the market can support alternatives and HP has the enterprise clients and consumer pull to make it work. Plus, it knows how to make hardware as well as software.



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