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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #60 on: September 12, 2011, 07:34:22 PM »
>What I would really like to see is a webos, slab style phone.

Agreed.  I had an Android phone and I absolutely hated it.  Not user friendly AT ALL.  But then, I'm very particular about phone interfaces:  if I have to figure it out, I won't use it.  It has to be What was RC's term for it? dead head simple to use or I just won't bother.  It took me 2 weeks to figure out how to get to my voicemail on the damn thing.  Constant frustration, I was actually glad the damn thing died so I'd have to dig out my Nokia e62 from 1996 to  use.  I'm surprised to say, other than the apps -- and it does have apps, but they are expensive -- my Nokia is surprisingly advanced for its age.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #61 on: September 12, 2011, 10:45:41 PM »
I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible. But, pissing everyone off is a piece of cake!

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #63 on: September 17, 2011, 06:42:03 AM »
Blackberry Playbooks taking a price dive to Rogers employees down to $249 for 16GB  and current blackberry owners get A $100 prepaid mastercard from RIM - which could see that price coming down to $149.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out globally.

http://www.bgr.com/2011/09/16/blackberry-playbook-price-slashing-begins-249-and-up-for-rogers-workers/

I noticed that in the UK that Carphone Warehouse got some drips and drabs of the Touchpad in the last week but they sold out quicker than politicians.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #64 on: September 29, 2011, 12:32:33 PM »
>What I would really like to see is a webos, slab style phone.

Agreed.  I had an Android phone and I absolutely hated it.  Not user friendly AT ALL.  But then, I'm very particular about phone interfaces:  if I have to figure it out, I won't use it.  It has to be What was RC's term for it? dead head simple to use or I just won't bother.  It took me 2 weeks to figure out how to get to my voicemail on the damn thing.  Constant frustration, I was actually glad the damn thing died so I'd have to dig out my Nokia e62 from 1996 to  use.  I'm surprised to say, other than the apps -- and it does have apps, but they are expensive -- my Nokia is surprisingly advanced for its age.

They are not all the same.  Some manufacturers do insist on knackering the interface.  I've used three android handsets with reasonable frequency: An HTC, an LG and my Nexus (HTC - interface by google).  The LG is bad. The HTC is very good, but a touch strange in places.  The Nexus is excellent.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #65 on: September 29, 2011, 01:06:38 PM »
I think that is probably one of the core differences between Android and iPhone.

With Android, you make it work the way you want it to - but then that lets the manufacturers and phone companies 'improve' it with their crappy branding stuff. 

I am still using my Sony Xperia - rooted and with my own combination of ADW Desktop and Circle Launcher on it - works just like I want it to

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #66 on: October 18, 2011, 09:33:59 PM »
Two months later, HP finally sent a 32gb touchpad that I ordered during all the chaos.

Any recommended accessories, apps, things to do?

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #67 on: October 19, 2011, 11:49:02 AM »
Any cheap touchpads still available? My kids are nagging me for something to play Angry Birds on. :)

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #68 on: October 19, 2011, 12:06:33 PM »
Any cheap touchpads still available? My kids are nagging me for something to play Angry Birds on. :)

Looks like they are dribbling them out to those who placed orders and employees.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #69 on: October 24, 2011, 02:59:48 PM »
It wasn't as good a deal as the near giveaway HP was doing but I managed to snag a 32GB TouchPad for $240.  Considering my original TP was 16GB for $500 I'm happy with the price.  I will swipe RC's idea and set it up as a 'guest tablet' in the living room.

This is handy because a still have a cover and a touchstone wireless charging stand for the Touchpad and I was wondering what I was going to do with them.

I guess even if WebOS dies I'm willing to risk $240.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #70 on: October 24, 2011, 05:25:17 PM »
Got this case/stand dealio, works pretty well.

http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-TouchPad-Adjustable-Compatible-Touchstone/dp/B005J064XS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1319119247&sr=8-6

I like this thing, I just wish the app store had more to offer.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #71 on: October 24, 2011, 06:30:28 PM »
>I like this thing

If I had to choose, I'd probably give up the Ipad2 and keep the TP for general duty.  The Ipad's less-convenient virtual keyboard & lack of the WebOS gesture to close a tab by flicking it off the screen are becoming more and more annoying.

OTOH, the TP's stock browser lacks cookie and history settings to automatically nuke when closing.  And the battery life doesn't seem to be quite a good as the Ipad, though it's plenty good.

Mostly, what I *REALLY* want is to have ICab on the TP.  Barring that, flash and the WebOS keyboard and gestures on the Ipad.

>apps

Hell, they've doubled in the last 6 weeks.  Not that I use any, but you should have seen the tumbleweeds in there when the TP first came out. Most were for the Pre phones.

>tips

You can save web pages as shortcut icons to the Launcher rather than to bookmarks (bookmarks on the TP suck -no management). The TP defaults to the last used section of the Launcher when you click the arrow on the right-hand end of the task bar.  Sooo... put your bookmark icons in a section of the Launcher such as, say, Favorites and it become sort of a cludged quickstarter page that you can navigate using only touch, no clicking of the real/physical oval launch key.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #72 on: October 24, 2011, 07:12:09 PM »
>Launcher

Yeah. that helps make up for lack of apps - just go to the web page. With real multitasking it works a treat.

I like the iPad but I do find I miss the Touchpad.

I still recommend the Touchpad if you can find one at a good price.

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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #73 on: October 24, 2011, 07:36:50 PM »
BTW, there was an update last week. Here's a cryptic mention of "connectivity with non-HP phones possible" and "improved messaging"  but I've not seen any significant changes in speed or UI.

The comments are worth a quick read.

http://jaaksi.blogspot.com/2011/10/no-strings-attached-enjoy.html

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Some more info on the update
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/18/hp-touchpad-gets-webos-3-0-4-update-now-able-to-answer-calls-fr/
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Re: HP Touchpad Tablet
« Reply #74 on: October 27, 2011, 12:03:17 PM »
I got my new 32GB Touchpad in yesterday.  Restored all my settings from my HP account in a couple of minutes.   Then I let it update to the new OS update while it charged.  Everything went smooth as silk.

Later I set it up as a guest tablet and got a chance to play.  Even though it has been 7 weeks or more since I had a TP in my greedy little paws all the gestures and navigation came back to me  instantly.  This thing is still a pleasure to use.  I know it will be underutilized but I don't regret buying it at the price I paid, since I had been considering buying an Amazon Fire and setting that up as a guest tablet prior to this opportunity on the TP. The bigger TP is kinda perfect for this task.

As to the future: webOS has huge potential if they can just find someone to design and market the hardware.  I still want a webOS phone! It's a real shame HP just quit the game before it even started.

It's nice they are continuing updates at least for now.