I wrote the first draft of this blog entry on a text editor I downloaded for my new HP TouchPad. I've always wanted a tablet device, but being a loyal HP employee, I waited for the arrival of the TouchPad rather than buying an iPad. I decided to forego the mail-order employee discount (which they didn't tell us about until the very last minute) and was at Best Buy at ten a.m. on Friday to get mine the minute they were released.
I love it. It integrates beautifully with Gmail and Google calendar, and pretty well with Google Docs. There's not a New York Times app for the TouchPad yet (there is one for the Palm phones, which works, but not well, with the TouchPad), but the NYT Web site looks great in the browser. There's a USA Today app that is slick, a solid NPR app, and a Facebook app that works great. There's a dedicated TED app that is way cool, and provides full-screen access to those mind-stretching TED videos. (If you're not familiar with TED, click the link.) I love the "card" multitasking metaphor, as well as the convention of flicking cards off the top of the screen to close a document or app. The built-in spell checker is great.
And the TouchPad supports Angry Birds HD! Wow!
Certainly the TouchPad is way behind the iPad and Android in number of apps, but that will change.
Biggest gripe? No Kindle app! ARGH! It's there...as a placeholder. They promise a Kindle TouchPad app "very soon."I sure as *%Bleep%* hope so!