HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 32GB review

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A new Wi-Fi tablet from HP

According to HP, their newest TouchPad 32GB tablet is much improved. Can this all be true? We did some testing of the TouchPad tablet and here is our detailed test review.

A little bit heavy

This device measures 7.5″ x 9.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs 725 g, twice as much as the iPad. When it comes to design, the product looks a lot like the iPad tablet and other tablets available on the market nowadays. The frame is black and has no logo; the logo can be found on the back, which is made from black plastic. This was a downside, because it attracted a lot of fingerprints. The front houses a 1.2-megapixel camera which gives a good performance. We just wished the tablet came with a back camera as well, but that would have made the device much more expensive.

LED multitouch display

HP-TouchPad-32GBThe 9.7″ diagonal LED backlit multitouch display is simply beautiful, thanks to the 1024 x 768 pixels and 4:3 aspect ratio. Compared to other tablets, the one we reviewed came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 1.2 GHz processor. The latter and the 1GB of RAM available offered great speed.
The left and right sides of the tablet include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a micro USB connection for the syncing/charging cable, a Power/Wake button, Volume buttons and two stereo speakers. The latter didn’t work that well and turning the volume up didn’t improve things.

WebOS 3.0 Operating System

Instead of running on Android, the HP TouchPad 32GB version tablet uses WebOS 3.0, because, according to HP manufacturers, this software is better suited for large screens. The WebOS 3.0 comes with a touch-screen keyboard that we could easily resize and use for multitasking. We minimized videos, apps and the like into the card-viewing mode by simply tapping on the Home button and then scrolled through them easily. Some advantages of the WebOS 3.0: touch-to-share technology, synchronization of text messages between a WebOS smartphone and, finally, a stacking feature.

With the help of the first option we were able to quickly transfer a song or a document from our phone to our tablet and from the tablet to the phone; all we did was tap the two devices simultaneously in the test time. The stacking feature worked in the following way: whenever we browsed through multiple windows, we could make them appear stacked on top of each other or next to each other; this translated into extremely easy scrolling. When we wanted to look online for information needed for a review written in Word, all our windows (including web pages, photos and the like that we needed for our assignment) sat in one tidy stack on the screen.

Bluetooth 2.1 and EDR included

The HP TouchPad 32GB sports Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. When we wanted to launch the Internet, we simply tapped on the homepage toolbar that sat at the bottom of the screen and which included several options, such as e-mail, Messaging, Web, Calendar and Photos & Videos; an arrow button will open up the Launcher window, which contains a Settings menu, apps, and access to the HP App Catalog downloads. Whenever we received an e-mail, the notification didn’t appear in the middle of the screen, rather in the margin.

Online services access

Unfortunately, this device didn’t come with as many apps as we’d have liked to see on such a tablet. Some of the preinstalled ones are the following: Facebook, e-mail, YouTube, Web, Calendar, Memos, Quickoffice, Adobe Reader, Maps (from Bing), Messaging, Contacts, Phone & Video Calls, Photos & Videos, Music, Amazon Kindle and AngryBirds. The TouchPad also includes several games, such as Glyder 2 and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Review conclusions

We hope this review was helpful to anyone wanting to buy a really good tablet. HP’s TouchPad is viewed by many experts as the most worthy competitor to Apple’s iPad.

Technical specifications

Enclosure TypeUltra portable – Sub Notebook
Weight in kg0.74 Kg
Screen9.7 “
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060
CPU frequency / bus frequency1.2 GHz
RAM Installed1 GB
Hard Drive32 GB
Integrated WebcamYes, with micro
Resolution of the webcam1.3 megapixels
Bluetoothyes
Sound cardIntegrated Audio Beats
Wireless CommunicationWiFi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Connectors1 USB, 1 3.5 mm Jack
Battery Type / Range6300 mAh
Operating System and Software includedWebOS **
Additional FeaturesKeyboard, multitasking optimal light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer), and gyro
Dimensions (WxDxH) in mm240 x 190 x 14

  1. Juan at 2:32 am

    Great reading about this product. I do have one question though? I’m looking for a mini wireless keyboard(bluetooth) thats compatible for the new HP Tablet Touchpad and I’m having a hard time trying to find one. I know they have a keyboard that came with this as an option. But I’m looking for a smaller or compact version? Any suggestions? I’ve beem looking all over local stores and websites but they say more or less the same thing to me… This might work with it?

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  2. brian at 11:41 pm

    hi im woundering if i can watch a movie via a usb external hard drive?
    thanks