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So You Want A Tablet?

So You Want A Tablet?

Scan the headlines, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that everybody had a tablet these days. The iPad broke the market open, and since that point we've seen a torrent of rivals each trying to take the touchscreen crown. It's a tricky segment to judge, and even harder if you're trying to take your first steps into tableteering. Get up to speed with your options - and advice on which slate to select - after the cut!

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HP files for trademark on six TouchPad names

HP files for trademark on six TouchPad names

We already know all the details on the HP TouchPad that will launch on July 1 if HP sticks to the launch date. You can bet that HP already has other TouchPad tablets in mind for the market, though the future devices might change based on how well received the first TouchPad is. I'm still not convinced that another major tablet OS will do well on the market with Android and iOS already available and garnering most of the developer support between them.

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HP planning wireless devices with NFC wireless payment tech inside

HP planning wireless devices with NFC wireless payment tech inside

Several of the biggest tech firms in the world are putting their weight behind the future of wireless payments using near field communications or NFC tech. Google has been talking up the Google Wallet service that it is working on and many others are working on payment systems as well including some credit card companies. HP is said to be eyeing introducing wireless devices that are capable of making wireless payments by integrating NFC technology inside.

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HP TouchPad gets detailed in new video demos

HP TouchPad gets detailed in new video demos

With the HP TouchPad's release fast approaching, it's not just accessories that HP is putting out there: the company has also released a handful of demo videos putting the tablet through its paces. Covering everything from wireless charging through the notification features of webOS, text-entry and multitasking, to entertainment on the 9.7-inch slate, the clips are possibly the next-best thing to actually having a TouchPad in your own sweaty hands.

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HP TouchPad accessories up for order: Charging Dock, Keyboard, more

HP TouchPad accessories up for order: Charging Dock, Keyboard, more

HP confirmed pricing and availability for the TouchPad tablet last week, and now it's done the same for the first batch of official accessories for the webOS slate. The Charging Dock, Wireless Keyboard, TouchPad Case and Power Charger have all been added to the company's webstore, and are listed as "coming soon."

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HP TouchPad hits US July 1 from $500

HP TouchPad hits US July 1 from $500

HP has confirmed that its TouchPad webOS tablet will launch in the US on July 1 2011, priced from $499.99 for the 16GB WiFi-only model. The 32GB version of the 9.7-inch slate will be priced at $599.99. Meanwhile, UK, Ireland, France and German availability will follow on "a few days later", before Canada gets the TouchPad in mid-July.

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HP WebOS Open To Other Phone Makers, Even Appliance Makers

HP WebOS Open To Other Phone Makers, Even Appliance Makers

During today's D9 Conference, HP CEO Leo Apotheker revealed that the company had ambitious plans for its webOS platform. The company acquired webOS when it purchased Palm as part of its strategy to step into the mobile phones and tablets arena, but it sees itself partnering beyond the mobile space for distributing its webOS and is "open" to third-party phone makers.

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TouchPad will be “number one plus” tablet promises HP

TouchPad will be “number one plus” tablet promises HP

HP expects its tablet to be better than number one when it launches. I think the company may be setting its sights a little too high. HP says that it is calling the goal number one plus for the TouchPad tablet when it launches later this year. I guess an argument could be made with HP running away with the top spot in computer shipments, it is number one plus. The tablet market may prove to be a much harder nut to crack for HP though with the huge lead other firms like Apple have in the tablet realm.

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HP TouchPad 32GB To Hit Walmart For $599

HP TouchPad 32GB To Hit Walmart For $599

The HP TouchPad is set to launch sometime this summer, but so far HP's kept pretty quiet on the details. A leaked lineup sheet back in March revealed that the TouchPad may arrive sometime in June with prices that correspond to those of the iPad 2. Today, a leaked screenshot of a Walmart inventory page shows that its pricing remains the same and that various accessories will also be available.

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AT&T HP Veer 4G lands May 15 for $100

AT&T HP Veer 4G lands May 15 for $100

AT&T will begin selling the HP Veer 4G as of May 15, the first of HP's new webOS smartphone range to hit the market. The Veer 4G has a 2.6-inch 320 x 400 touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, triband HSPA and a 5-megapixel camera, all packed into a tiny 3.63oz chassis.

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HP Veer in white breaks cover for AT&T

HP Veer in white breaks cover for AT&T

We have asked in the past if the market is too crowded for HP's Palm webOS to be successful. The answer to that question is still an unknown, but I think there is little room for webOS unless that software is tied with some very appealing hardware and the whole mess works very well together. From what I see, the hardware isn't that appealing in this device though. These are the first shots that have surfaced online of the Veer in white.

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HP TouchPad Passes FCC, Means Commercial Launch Coming Soon

HP TouchPad Passes FCC, Means Commercial Launch Coming Soon

HP's first tablet offering, the TouchPad, has just passed through FCC signaling that a commercial launch is not too far off. According to a leaked document obtained early last month, the TouchPad is slated to launch in June. The recent FCC filing seems to support this schedule.

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