TouchPad is one of the products HP announced today to introduce a unique experience for customers around connected mobility, offering a unified experience for the first time across a variety of devices. It's one of the building blocks in HP's vision to seamlessly connect all your worlds through the power of HP webOS.
"Today we're embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. "The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world."
Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS message - they can be answered and viewed right on your TouchPad.(3,4)
Plus, HP's exclusive new touch-to-share feature will let you simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.(1,5)
With the HP Synergy feature, you simply have to sign in to your Facebook®, Google, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo!® accounts and your contacts, calendar and email automatically populate your TouchPad (6)
TouchPad works the way you do
The TouchPad user interface is a visual representation of your workspace, so you can manage your workflow in a naturally intuitive way that's easy and fun. The power of webOS true multitasking lets you have multiple applications running at the same time. webOS shows you your activities in the form of cards, not a sea of application icons on numerous home screens.
This helps you do all the things you want to do, all at once, so you can listen to music, update your status on Facebook, read email and chat on IM at the same time.(4,7)
As you launch new activities, webOS will automatically group related cards - for example, an email and an associated web page - together in a card stack, so you can easily track all related items together.(6)
TouchPad also features a webOS communication suite powered by HP Synergy that keeps you connected and creative, making all of your communications simpler, richer and in your control. It's a complete solution, including email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar, videos and a front-facing camera for video calling.(6)
Connected photo albums make it easy to share and view your pictures directly from popular services such as Facebook, Snapfish and Photobucket. It works seamlessly with TouchPad's user interface for a natural and efficient experience.
Around the house or on the go
TouchPad offers a great internet experience around the house or on the go, so you can manage your busy life, be productive wherever you are and stay connected with work, friends, family and social networks. It keeps you connected anywhere there's Wi-Fi for easy access to the web and entertainment.(8)
At home, whether you're watching TV, relaxing on the sofa, at the kitchen table or in bed, you can check in with friends, surf the web, play games or read a book, magazine or newspaper.(2) Amazon.com today announced that it will launch a free Kindle app for HP webOS tailored for TouchPad that will give you access to more than 810,000 titles from Amazon's Kindle Store. You also can subscribe to popular magazine titles, such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and People, and download movies and TV shows through the HP Movie Store. The TouchPad music app lets you transfer and play all your favorites from your personal music collection,(9) with amazing sound quality by Beats Audio™
You can start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites - all before you've even opened an application. Whenever you want to do something on your TouchPad, Just Type.
Buy and sell on Amazon.com, do your banking, buy movie tickets from Fandango or check the news. Whether your thing is Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, IM, video calling or email, TouchPad brings it all together with thousands of available webOS applications and the convenience and power of HP Synergy for integrated contacts and calendar to keep your busy life on track.(6)
It's great for road trips, on a plane, while commuting, in public places, while visiting friends and on vacation. It's easy to pack, has a long-lasting battery and integrated GPS (3G only), and posting vacation photos is a snap.(1,10)
When productivity is key, TouchPad makes an excellent companion. You can read and write email, view your work and personal inboxes together, or easily toggle between them. Integrated messaging conveniently combines all your text messages, picture messages and IM conversations with one person into a single view, and you can connect through SMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! Messenger.(4)
TouchPad's virtual full QWERTY keyboard includes a number row, which reduces keyboard switching, making typing easy and fast. It powers on instantly and brings you back to exactly where you left off, whether you were in the middle of composing an email, playing a game or browsing a web page. With webOS true multitasking, it's like you never left.
For maximum productivity, HP is working with Quickoffice to include the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, which lets you view and edit documents, such as Microsoft Word and Excel. It also comes with VPN support to connect to corporate networks.
With its 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, TouchPad offers video calling capability. (11) It's also compatible with HP's industryleading printing solutions, so you can wirelessly print documents, photos and emails to compatible wireless and networked HP
TouchPad has built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging, so it's compatible out of the box with the HP Touchstone for TouchPad (sold separately), and you can charge in either portrait or landscape mode, even without removing the TouchPad case (sold separately). The webOS Exhibition feature lets you run applications designed specifically for Touchstone. Set your TouchPad on Touchstone and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today's agenda to a slideshow of your photos.(13)
TouchPad is one of three webOS products announced today (see separate announcements for HP Veer and HP Pre 3). Each product plays a distinct role in the growing webOS family, designed to meet the varying needs of customers in a rapidly evolving mobile landscape.
HP TouchPad is scheduled to be available in the summer. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
HP TouchPad features and specs
More information about HP TouchPad is available at www.palm.com/TouchPad.
(1) Within wireless coverage area only. Actual speeds may vary. Email, mobile number and related information required for
setup and activation. Required data services sold separately; unlimited plan recommended and may be required. Not all web
content may be available.
(2) Third-party software available separately. Within wireless coverage area only. Requires data services at additional cost.
Availability will vary by region.
(3) Requires connection to compatible webOS phone with the same HP webOS Account. Voice service requires separately
purchased service contract. Availability may vary by carrier.
(4) Within wireless coverage area only. SMS and IM require data services at additional cost. SMS requires connection to
compatible webOS phone. Availability of IM functionality may vary by carrier.
(5) Requires HP TouchPad with webOS 3.0 and Pre3 or Veer with webOS 2.2 or higher, both products having the same HP
webOS account. Viewing URL web page content requires data connection vie Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
(6) Within wireless coverage area only. Microsoft Exchange email, contacts and calendars available for ActiveSync only;
requires Microsoft Outlook using Exchange Server 2003 with SP2, Exchange Server 2007 or Exchange Server 2010.
(7) Performance varies bases on actual usage.
(8) Wi-Fi within range of 802.11b/g Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Fi hotspots may require fee for usage.
(9) File formats supported: DRM-free MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, QCELP and WAV.
(10) Within wireless coverage area only. Voice-activated, as-you-go, turn-by-turn directions sold separately. Not available in all
regions. Check with carrier for availability.
(11) Check with carrier for video calling availability and restrictions.
(12) The webOS print solution will support all network-capable HP printers that support PCL page description language in the local LAN. These printers include new HP ePrint-capable printers - Photosmart, Officejet and LaserJet - as well as legacy printers approximately 5 years old or newer. ePrint requires an internet connection to the printer. Feature works with any internet- and email-capable device and will require a firmware upgrade. Print times may vary. For a list of supported documents
and image types, see www.hp.com/go/ePrintCenter.
(13) Displayed preferences require user setup.
(14) User-available storage subject to change based on system software and application usage.
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