HP TouchPad 4G

HP TouchPad 4G
$699.99
Brand: HP
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 9.7 inches, 768 x 1024 pixels, Ambient light sensor
  • Chipset: Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon S3
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • OS: webOS 3.0 to 3.0.5
  • Battery: 6300 mAh
  • Released Date: 01-07-2011

Specifications

General

Device Type Android Tablet
Model HP TouchPad 4G
Released July, 2011
Status Discontinued

Design

Dimensions 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm
Weight 740 g
Protection Gorilla Glass
Colors Black

Display

Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) LED-backlit LCD
Size 9.7 inches
Resolution 768 x 1024 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 132 PPI
Features Ambient light sensor

Platform

Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. HP webOS 3.0
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Mini-SIM

Hardware

Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon S3
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Adreno 220
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1 GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 32 GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. No
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio Technology Beats Audio

Battery

Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 6300 mAh
Battery Life Up to 6 hours
Charging MicroUSB, Wireless charging

Camera

Front Camera 1.3 MP
Camera Features Touch to Share, Video calling
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) No

Connectivity

Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
USB microUSB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. A-GPS
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No

Reviews

User Reviews 1 User Reviews I wanted to love the HP TouchPad because webOS is a brilliant and friendly operating system. Unfortunately, I saw some lags, user interface inconsistencies, occasional glitches, and missed screen taps. I hope HP addresses these issues quickly with a firmware update to improve speed and performance.

I like the tablet's design and ergonomics, with comfortable curves that make it easy to grip despite the slippery plastic. The speakers sound great with Beats Audio. Performance is generally good for gaming and HD video playback. The IPS display has wide viewing angles but could look sharper.
- Lisa - MobileTechReview
User Reviews 2 We found the tablet to be decent but not without flaws. The design is relatively basic with a plastic construction that attracts fingerprints. The display is crisp but could be brighter. Performance is uneven; simple functions like kinetic scrolling can sometimes be jerky. The webOS 3.0 interface works well for multitasking but has some bugs that cause occasional slowdowns.
- John Vee - PhoneArena
User Reviews 3 This model will have upgraded hardware over the original Wi-Fi version, with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor compared to the 1.2GHz chip in the first TouchPad. We have mixed feelings about HP upgrading the tablet so soon after launch. On the one hand, faster hardware is always better for performance. But early adopters who just bought the Wi-Fi TouchPad may feel like their tablets are already outdated only a week later.
- Austin Evans
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Brilliant and friendly webOS operating system
- Comfortable design and ergonomics
- Great sounding speakers with Beats Audio
Good performance for gaming and HD video playback
- Wide viewing angles on the display

Cons:
- Experienced some lags and glitches
- Inconsistencies in user interface
- Missed screen taps
- Lack of HDMI port or rear camera

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

5.5
  • Performance 5 / 10
  • Display 6 / 10
  • Battery 6 / 10
  • Design 5 / 10

The HP TouchPad 4G, powered by the innovative webOS 3.0, aimed to carve a niche in the tablet market. However, despite its promising features, it faced hurdles that left users with a sense of unfulfilled potential.

Design and Display

The tablet's design, marked by comfortable curves and a grippable form factor, earned it some points. Yet, the slippery plastic surface posed a challenge with frequent fingerprint smudges.

The 9.7-inch TFT LCD display with IPS and LED-backlit technology showcased vibrant visuals, but users wished for sharper clarity.

Performance and User Interface

HP's TouchPad demonstrated prowess in gaming and HD video playback, thanks to its dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion CPU and Qualcomm Adreno 220 GPU.

However, the tablet suffered occasional lags, user interface inconsistencies, and missed screen taps, marring the user experience.

The hope lingered that HP would swiftly address these issues through firmware updates to enhance speed and overall performance.

Audio Excellence and Battery Life

One of the standout features was the Beats Audio technology embedded in the stereo speakers, delivering impressive sound quality.

Battery life, while competitive, clocking in at up to 6 hours, faced stiff competition from rivals in the market.

Connectivity and Multimedia

The TouchPad's connectivity options included Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and microUSB 2.0. Disappointingly, the absence of an HDMI port and a rear camera hindered its versatility.

The tablet lacked a rear camera but featured a front-facing 1.3 MP camera, supporting video calling.

Operating System and Apps

Running on webOS 3.0 to 3.0.5, the TouchPad showcased the brilliance of its operating system. Multitasking capabilities impressed, but bugs causing occasional slowdowns in performance were noted.

The tablet faced a shortage of tablet-optimized apps, a gap that needed swift filling to compete effectively.

HP's Response and Upgrade

In response to initial feedback, HP swiftly rolled out hardware upgrades in the TouchPad 4G, featuring a faster 1.5GHz dual-core processor. This move, while aimed at improving performance, sparked debate about the fairness to early adopters who had recently invested in the Wi-Fi version.

Verdict

The HP TouchPad 4G entered the tablet arena with the promise of a stellar webOS experience. However, rough edges in its initial version, coupled with fierce competition from market leaders like iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1, made it a hard sell.

HP faced the challenge of polishing webOS, addressing performance issues, and expanding the app ecosystem to establish the TouchPad as a strong contender in the tablet market.

In conclusion, the HP TouchPad 4G embodied the struggle of a product striving for excellence in a fiercely competitive market, balancing its brilliant operating system with notable shortcomings.

The tablet stood at the crossroads, awaiting improvements that could elevate it to the top tier or risk being overshadowed by more refined competitors.

The journey of the TouchPad continued, with users and tech enthusiasts closely watching HP's moves to determine its fate in the dynamic tablet landscape.

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