HP’s TouchPad: an Apple iPad killer?

February 9, 2011

The Palm TouchPad is shown on a screen during a media presentation at the Herbst Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, February 9, 2011.REUTERS/Beck Deifenbach

HP unveiled its touchscreen entrant in the tablet race to try to steal momentum from Apple Inc’s popular iPad. The “TouchPad” will be available this summer — but there was no word, yet, on how much it will cost.

Here are some early impressions from the blogoshpere:

Engadget’s Darren Murph speculates that iPad users looking for something lighter will be disappointed by the TouchPad’s 1.6 pound-heft. While Sean Hollister’s first impression is that the TouchPad’s slim black profile highlights its brilliant screen.

Gizmodo’s Jason Chen thinks the TouchPad’s four different keyboard sizes are cool.

TechCrunch’s John Biggs points out that the TouchPad is almost the same size as the current iPad but, unlike Apple’s better-known offering, supports Flash video out of the box.

VentureBeat’s Devindra Hardawar says the TouchPad reveals the iPad’s multitasking weaknesses.

Silicon Alley Insider’s Jay Yarow thinks it looks like Apple’s iPad or Motorola’s XOOM tablet.  Finally, Dan Frommer writes that Amazon announcing an e-book app for the TouchPad bodes well ‘s for Palm’s webOS platform, but HP’s TouchPad is no iPad killer.

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No Adobe Flash makes the I pad a silly toy. No BBC news video. No NPR video. I had no idea how much was only available on Adobe Flash. I detest the Apple censorship and will change ASAP. keep clear of the I- pad

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