We are already expecting to see the HP TouchPad running WebOS hit the market later this month. For now, the only place you can see the TouchPad in action and actually touch it is at Computex 2011. Computex is going on right now in Taiwan and there are all kinds of cool gadgets and gear coming out of the show. The HP TouchPad was spied at the SanDisk booth. SanDisk is a hardware partner for HP and is likely to be the company making the storage inside the TouchPad.
The TouchPad looks nice and is very polished looking. The pages rotate in a wheel style. Touching the app you want from that wheel will bring it to the full page. All the windows that are part of the app are also easy to close and modify. It looks polished and has some nice features. If the TouchPad will be able to compete with the iPad and Android tablets remains to be seen.
It is impressive on the video how fast the TouchPad transitions between orientations and how fast apps launch and close. It drives me crazy to have to wait for the orientation to change when I move form portrait to landscape on my iPhone. One of the more interesting things in the demo was the contacts page that aggregates all of the methods of getting your contacts in one place. That means things like email and Facebook along with others for a contact are all in one place. Check out the video to see the tablet in action.
[via Gadgets Magazine]