HP Touchdown!

MANILA, Philippines -- We in the Techlab do not get excited whenever a new package is delivered from our friends from around the globe. We get thrilled. And how, when we found out that our most recent acquisition is the newest edition of the the HP TouchPad.

Yeah, yeah, we have tons of cool gadgets already stacked in boxes around the Techlab. Do we say "uncle!" just because we're lucky? Nah, we eagerly wait for the arrival of more gadgets. Because a true techie cannot have enough, and there are still a lot to grab, and dream, every week.

So you're probably wondering, what's all the fuss about our new toy which can be considered late in coming when other tablets have already "shocked" the tech world. A good question.

Because, boys and girls, HP not only released a new device but enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate ­– the HP TouchPad – the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.

Call me lucky for the luxury to enjoy the TouchPad's vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications.

HP should be mighty proud of introducing a unique experience for customers around connected mobility, offering a unified experience for the first time across a variety of devices via the TouchPad. It’s one of the building blocks in HP’s vision to seamlessly connect all your worlds through the power of HP webOS.

“Today we’re embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP.

“The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world.”

Whoa, that's like the good 'ol Abe booming the contents of the Biblical twin tablets.

Here's more from HP:

Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through the elegant webOS experience. An important call or SMS message can be answered and viewed right on your TouchPad.

Also, HP’s exclusive new touch-to-share feature lets you simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.

With the HP Synergy feature, you simply have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your contacts, calendar and email automatically populate your TouchPad.

The TouchPad user interface is a visual representation of your workspace, so you can manage your workflow in a naturally intuitive way that’s easy and fun. The power of webOS true multitasking lets you have multiple applications running at the same time. webOS shows you your activities in the form of cards, not a sea of application icons on numerous home screens.

This helps you do all the things you want to do, all at once, so you can listen to music, update your status on Facebook, read email and chat on IM at the same time. As you launch new activities, webOS will automatically group related cards – for example, an email and an associated web page – together in a card stack, so you can easily track all related items together.TouchPad also features a webOS communication suite powered by HP Synergy that keeps you connected and creative, making all of your communications simpler, richer and in your control.

It’s a complete solution, including email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar, videos and a front-facing camera for video calling.

Connected photo albums make it easy to share and view your pictures directly from popular services such as Facebook, Snapfish and Photobucket. It works seamlessly with TouchPad’s user interface for a natural and efficient experience.

Be productive wherever you are and stay connected with work, friends, family and social networks. It keeps you connected anywhere there’s Wi-Fi for easy access to the web and entertainment.

Integrated messaging conveniently combines all your text messages, picture messages and IM conversations with one person into a single view, and you can connect through SMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! Messenger.

And we're using the above-described device right now. With gusto. Lucky us.

Editor's note: TouchPad’s virtual full QWERTY keyboard includes a number row, which reduces keyboard switching, making typing easy and fast. I love its ability to power on instantly, and then brings you back to exactly where you left off. So whether you're in the middle of composing an email, playing a game or browsing a web page, no extra fussing. With webOS true multitasking, it’s like you never left. Really.


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