Stats: Introduced in February and powered by Hewlett-Packard's webOS 3.0 operating system, the TouchPad sports a 9.7-inch screen, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting, internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio technology, and 16 GB and 32 GB memory storage options. HP said that a Wi-Fi-only version of the TouchPad will be available this summer, with 3G and 4G versions to follow; HP has not given any details on pricing or carrier partnerships.
Pros: "WebOS is just a delightful user experience, particularly with things like personal productivity," said Current Analysis analyst Avi Greengart, who managed to get his hands on a TouchPad. He said webOS smoothly handles multitasking, and allows users to seamlessly move from one app to another.
Greengart also pointed to the device's ability to share content with other webOS devices. He said webOS smartphone users can transfer a webpage to their webOS tablet simply by touching the two devices together.
Cons: While it's difficult to evaluate a device that doesn't yet have a price and isn't on the market, Greengart noted the gadget likely won't launch with anywhere the number of apps currently available for the Apple iPad.
Bottomline: "It doesn't exist yet," Greengart said of the TouchPad. Until the device actually goes on sale, it's impossible to predict how it will fare with consumers.