Could the HP TouchPad have brought something new to the tablet market?

Could the HP TouchPad have brought something new to the tablet market?It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a new tablet being released, each of which aiming to topple the iPad from its throne, and most of which fail abysmally. There are currently dozens of Android tablets on the market with some starting from as little as £70.

However, with the iPad continuing to outsell Android tablets 24:1, it would seem that even lower prices aren’t encouraging buyers to invest in Android tablets. Technology lovers are crying out for something different and, despite the fact that it was discontinued recently, the HP TouchPad could have offered just that. Today we’re hearing that production of the tablet has ceased completely. But could it have been a game changer ? It ran the WebOS operating system but there’s already an Android port which those lucky bargain-hunters have already tried out.


It’s widely thought that HP purchased WebOS because they noticed the potential for tablets. Although it’s not as well-known as iOS or Android, the ToucPad seemed incredibly intuitive, responsive and user-friendly piece of software. The operating system was based on a multi-tasking aspect that many lower priced tablets lacked.

Although the range of apps available for the TouchPad is not as wide as for iOS or Android devices, the TouchPad came with a lot of built in functionality. Dropbox, Google Mail and Skype are all supported, and developers can add functionality if their service is not. It’s these features are more that makes the HP TouchPad stand out from the swathes of other iPad wannabes.

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  • Alibanana

    Wow. A massive ad for Phones4U about a discontinued tablet. Nice one guys.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll check into this as a matter of urgency.

      • Anonymous

        Right, I’ve edited this while I find out a little more behind this. Please note that I don’t write all the posts on CSP, just a large proportion of them ;)

  • Debully

    lol – this site’s a joke. Contrast to xda-devs touchpad story today. Can’t believe you’re plugging this.

    Gears, sorry mate you’re a nice bloke, but I wont be coming here anymore – you’ve lost all sense of quality reporting and are shamelessly pumping out inaccurate info and plugging extinct products.  There’s just too much bias here.  Android Central puts you to shame.  Thanks for what, 10 years of daily visits. I wont be bothering you again.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll check into this now

      • Anonymous

        Right, I’ve edited this while I find out a little more behind this.
        Please note that I don’t write all the posts on CSP, just a large
        proportion of them ;)

    • Jonbass

      Oh dear… same here, I’m afraid. I’ve been coming here since before the site was called Coolsmartphone (bornslippy?). Ever since the first SPV, with a brief break when the Android G1 came out. I’ll probably check in every so often but lately there hasn’t been much point. Thanks for your efforts over the years, Gears.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve re-written this as it was obviously put together some time ago and will have a chat with the author.

  • DC

    Do you ger revenue from people clicking on phones4u, the original artical almost made it sound like phoens4u had stock.
    Why do you even need to reference phones4u in this outdated article??!?!!