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Forget apps, Apple’s core iPad 2 experience needs to grow up

Forget apps, Apple’s core iPad 2 experience needs to grow up

Shiny shiny, shiny Apple iPad; whiplash tablet in the dark. Forgive the Velvet Underground, but sometimes it really does feel like being a masochist would make the iOS user experience easier to stomach. Yes, Apple's App Store may be the most bulging around, offering hundreds of thousands to titles whether you want to turn your iPad 2 into a recording studio, games machine or digital recipe book. Problem is, there's still no way to turn the iPad into a proper, multi-user, family tablet.

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Optimus Pad, Iconia Tab and Eee Pad priced; Euro retailer lists HP Opal

Optimus Pad, Iconia Tab and Eee Pad priced; Euro retailer lists HP Opal

European retailer Phone House - aka the European arm of Carphone Warehouse - has thrown up pricing information for the incoming batch of Android 3.0 tablets. The XOOM, ASUS Eee Pad, LG Optimus Pad and Acer Iconia Tab A100 have all been spotted in the retailer's online catalog by AndroidGeek, with no release dates bar "coming soon."

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HP TouchPad tablet has rear camera in commercial, not in the real world

HP TouchPad tablet has rear camera in commercial, not in the real world

You can bet now that the iPad 2 is on the market rocking dual cameras that just about every competitive offering that hits stores will also rock dual cameras. HP showed off its TouchPad with a commercial with a dude and his son using the touchpad and a faux augmented reality app to see what his room would look like with wallpaper that has raptors on it.

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HP Touchpad priced/dated; 7-inch webOS Opal incoming, plus 4 Honeycomb 10-inchers

HP Touchpad priced/dated; 7-inch webOS Opal incoming, plus 4 Honeycomb 10-inchers

The HP Touchpad and a new 7-inch webOS tablet codenamed HP Opal are among multiple incoming slates included in a new retailer roadmap leak. According to the document, acquired by PreCentral, the Touchpad will drop in June priced between $499 for the 16GB model and $599 for the 32GB version.

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Tablet turmoil: HP Touchpad 2 looks to enterprise; Some slate plans axed

Tablet turmoil: HP Touchpad 2 looks to enterprise; Some slate plans axed

Apple's iPad 2 has apparently kicked off some deep, internal soul-searching among rivals; Samsung has already given a public shudder, and now HP, ASUS and Acer are all believed to be shaking up their slate development. According to DigiTimes' sources, HP is considering shifting Touchpad 2 development from its handheld division to its notebook team, in the hope that a more enterprise-centric successor to the HP Touchpad will fare better in the market.

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99.7% Of People In The World Still Have Not Bought A Tablet

99.7% Of People In The World Still Have Not Bought A Tablet

With all the rage that is the Apple iPad 2 and rival tablets such as the Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, HP TouchPad, to name a few, you would think that a good number of people have already bought into the whole tablet craze. But a recent report shows that the market still has plenty of frontier land to stake with 99.7% of the Earth's population not having bought a tablet device yet.

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HP Touchpad caught in wild with SIM slot on show [Video]

HP Touchpad caught in wild with SIM slot on show [Video]

HP's webOS Touchpad tablet has escaped into the wild, flaunting its SIM card slot and frolicking with a first-gen iPad. Vietnamese site Tinhte scored the prototype, which hasn't yet been shown functioning, and dug around in its edge-mounted SIM reader.

Video demo after the cut

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HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

HP sees “uncanny similarities” between Touchpad and PlayBook UI; RIM blames “optimization”

Maybe it's the fast-approaching iPad 2 making them cranky, but HP and RIM have taken time out of their busy schedules for a little back-and-forth over tablet UI design and the settling point of inspiration. HP kicked things off, telling LaptopMag that "from what we've seen in the market, there are some uncanny similarities" between the webOS UI on the HP Touchpad and the QNX interface on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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HP TouchPad, Pre3 in Dr Dre Music Video “I Need a Doctor”

HP TouchPad, Pre3 in Dr Dre Music Video “I Need a Doctor”

For those of you much more interested in the webOS aspect of this article, you must forgive me, as I've got not only a healthy addiction to the mise on scene of music videos, but also the awesome implications of cross-branding. What we're looking at here is a video for rapper / producer Dr Dre's newest single "I Need a Doctor." In this video you'll see not only an HP TouchPad, not only an HP Pre3, but a very visible demonstration of webOS' new "Touch to Share" functionality. What you'll see the two sharing is medical information about the artist who in the video is receiving futuristic care for a terrible car crash he's suffered. This is not the first time Dr Dre has supported an HP product (think Beats by Dre,) but it is the first time one of these products has carried webOS.

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Apple iPads Dominated With 93% Of Tablet Market in Q3 2010

Apple iPads Dominated With 93% Of Tablet Market in Q3 2010

The tablet marketplace is about to get crowded, but it took almost a whole year since iPad's launch for competitors to catch up. Some real contenders, such as the Motorola Xoom, are stepping up to the plate while the 2nd-gen iPad gets its unveil next week. It will be interesting to see how the market divides up as Android devices are expected to take a big chunk of the pie. But for now, the iPad is still king and ABI Research looked back at some numbers from Q3 of last year showing just how amazing the iPad performed.

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HP TouchPad tablet shipping April tip suppliers

HP TouchPad tablet shipping April tip suppliers

When new HP CEO Leo Apotheker admitted that one of the company's key issues was pushing products out on time, we didn't expect any changes to impact eagerly-anticipated products like the HP TouchPad slate. Seems the fire Apotheker has lit under his engineers may be catching faster than expected, however; DigiTimes reports that HP will begin shipping the TouchPad in April 2011.

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HP CEO: HP innovation “takes too long to get to market”

HP CEO: HP innovation “takes too long to get to market”

HP CEO Leo Apotheker has admitted that one of the main issues the company faces is reducing the amount of time between development, product announcement and retail sales. Speaking to the WSJ, Apotheker admitted that "we need to fire up our innovation engine and get our products to market faster"; however, there's no sign that the acceleration will kick in in time for the HP TouchPad.

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