Thursday, February 10, 2011

HP webOS event roundup

The big and "exciting" webOS announcement from HP was yesterday. Here's what they had to say... and show us.

Credit: Gizmodo

Seriously, I feel that they've named the tablet very poorly, and it will sure give you wrong search results. Really.
The tablet in the photo is called the TouchPad (see, that's what you call the mouse thingy on your laptop). It has a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and it uses an updated version of Palm's webOS, which is of course, now HP's OS for mobile devices. First-look reviews online say that the interface is fantastic, but the performance was quite slow compared to other dual-core tablets. According to Gizmodo,

The HP TouchPad; Credit: Engadget
The tiny thing in the photo is the HP Veer. It's a webOS based Palm phone, with a tiny, 2.6 inch touchscreen. Though it has the largest QWERTY keyboard compared to the previous Palm Pres, it is pretty cramped. It has a 5-megapixel camera, and 8 GB storage included.

HP Pre 3 (left) and Veer (right); Credit: SlashGear

Like the TouchPad, hands-on reviews didn't have a lot of good things to say about this phone either.

HP Pre 3; Credit: CNET
The third device in the photo at the top is the HP/Palm Pre 3. I noticed that this one got better reviews compared to the Veer. The CNET review by Bonnie Cha sounds quite positive. This one has a bigger, that is 3.6-inch capacitative touchscreen. I read that it has a clear and sharp screen, which is a lot better than Palm's previous phones. It has a 5-megapixel camera too, which can shoot HD video.

What do you think? Will the phones, which are oriented towards enterprise users replace the BlackBerry? Or could you replace your iPhone or Android for one of these? What about the tablet? Reply in the comments.