Current versions of the i Pad have a HD display, front and rear-facing cameras and a quad-core graphics processor alongside the dual-core central processor.
Released in mid-2011, the Touch Pad has had a chequered history already: it was cancelled and reborn, and then sold for a very low price (as low as $99 in some stores! This shouldn’t distract your attention from the fact that this is a competent piece of hardware, at least every bit as good as the Android tablets released around the same time.
There are many ways in which the Touch Pad differs from the i Pad. Both devices feature a single hardware button for interacting with applications and menus, with the majority of other functions (volume aside) courtesy of software buttons displayed on the 1024×768 TFT LCD display.
The web OS development team have kept things very simple, resulting in just a few gestures and regular commands for you to learn.
Web OS’ easy-to-use interface is based on “cards”, a system whereby each running application can be switched to run in the background to allow multitasking.
When held in portrait mode, the Touchpad has a small lozenge-shaped button below the screen.
This is the most important button on the device: the Home button.
§13–Appendix Developed by HP as a competitor to Apple’s i Pad, the HP Touch Pad is a tablet computer with a 9.7 inch screen, storage totalling 16 GB, 32 GB or, in rare cases, 64 GB, that can connect to wireless networks and be used for all manner of tasks: browsing the web, checking email, playing games, word processing, reading books and much more.
Featuring the web OS operating system, the Touch Pad offers a user interface that is polished, attractive and – most importantly – easy to use.
Featuring the web OS operating system, the Touch Pad offers a user interface that is polished, attractive and–most importantly–easy to use.§1–Intro: What is a HP Touch Pad?