It feels like we've been waiting for the HP TouchPad ever since we first used webOS, making no bones of the fact that Palm's platform seemed tailor-made for larger screen tablets. The wait has been worth it; we've just been checking out the TouchPad after HP's launch event, and it's a slick, solid slate on which webOS scales nicely.
We've been calling for a webOS-based tablet for years now, and HP has finally delivered with the HP TouchPad. The first of a new HP webOS TouchPad tablet family, it has a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 capacitive touchscreen and dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, squeezed into a 242 x 190 x 13.7 mm chassis weighing around 740g. It will also help debut the next-generation of Touchstone wireless peripherals and webOS 3.0.
Without giving away the whole surprise, we've got some big things in store for you readers over the next few weeks. New voices, free stuff, a whole new look for one of our outlets, and a variety of mini-updates you're going to flip over. Today we're bringing you a wild assortment of updates from all corners of the tech world, most of which are previews of devices you've almost certainly already got your eye on. Behold the coming of the next generation - stick with us as we cover it.
Wireless charging solutions like the Palm Touchstone are likely to increase in shipments by a factor of 65x by 2014, iSuppli are predicting, suggesting that cordless power will spread from mobile phones to "portable media players, digital still cameras and mobile PCs." They also predict the rise of a common standard which all manufacturers could promote cooperatively. Current wireless charging shipments are believed to be around 3.6m units in 2010, though iSuppli expect that to rise to 234.9m in just four years time.
Time for the Week in Review and it was a busy week so let's jump right into it. The Palm Pre Plus is heading to AT&T on May 16 and the thing will include a free Touchstone Charger. That means no fumbling with wires for charging the device.
The HTC Desire is the company's second-strike in what they hope will be a one-two sucker punch for the Android competition. Following on from the excellent HTC Legend, the Desire borrows plenty from Google's Nexus One but packages it with HTC Sense for arguably better out-of-the-box usability. It makes for a tricky argument, however; HTC manufacture both smartphones, and have been accused by some of purposefully building the Desire to a price by snipping away at the spec sheet. We've got two questions, then: is the HTC Desire any good, and does it hold its own against the Google Nexus One? To find out, check the full SlashGear review after the cut.
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As 2009 comes to a close it’s time to acknowledge some of my favorite tech products of the year.
The first “product” on the list works across the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, and iPod touch: Apple’s App Store. The hardware upgrades to the iPhone and iPod touch in 2009 were less impressive than the price drop on the iPhone 3G and the greatly expanded capabilities that application developers were given for writing for the iPlatform. The developer community responded with tens of thousands of new apps that turn an iPhone or iPod touch into a portable game console, heart monitor, prayer book, GPS navigator, eBook reader, and myriad other possibilities. Other platforms also rolled out app stores this year, but Apple retains an enormous lead in both the number and quality of options.
Details of HTC's car-kit for the upcoming HD2 Windows Phone have emerged, courtesy of retailer Clove. The HTC HD2 CU S400 Car Upgrade Kit includes a powered windscreen/dashboard mount and a replacement battery cover for the HTC HD2; when the Windows Phone is slotted into place it automatically loads up the finger-friendly NaviPanel navigation menu.