Friday, 1 July 2011

The High Touch of the HP TouchPad

Just placed my order for the HP TouchPad.

While the “I’m interested” was handled online & confirmed via email, the reserve and subsequent order were both handled over the phone. The reps on the other end were very courteous and comfortable, and non-pushy. They even reminded me of their 21 day return policy.

An experience that made me think HP is really committed to the success of the TouchPad and the experience of it’s early adopters.

I’m excited for this devices, primarily because the WebOS operating system seems much more like how I expect the UI on these devices to work. Rather than this hunt-and-peck application selection model of iOS and Android devices. To Android’s credit, I have been able to fake an ambient information display and get the screen icons much more granular than iOS supports.

Lastly, I think Apple’s decision to de-emphasize the Dashboard/Widget model betrays their inability to innovate on the software side.