Title: Official Touchpad Owner's Thread
OCN Hewlett-Packard support and discussion thread
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Dual-Core APQ8060 1.2GHz CPU
- 1GB DDR2
- 16 or 32GB Internal Storage
- 9.7" IPS LCD (1024x768) w/ 1.3MP Camera
- WiFi N + Bluetooth
- Battery: 6300 Mah
- Operating System: WebOS 3.0
- USB 3.0
- 3.5mm Audio Jack
- Complete specs
HP Touchpad FAQ: Source
Where can I buy one?
Nearly everyone is sold out. Best Buy may have some in some remote cities but it’s unlikely.
HP.com appears to be the last option. 8/26/2011 – MarkAtHP and BrynaAtHP ( https://twitter.com/#!/BrynaAtHP/ ) confirmed that there will be no word on stock of TPs today or over the labor day weekend so just go out and enjoy the weekend. https://twitter.com/#!/BrynaAtHP/sta...65812061769728
They are taking emails for notifications here: http://t.co/7xZjvem
Should I get the 16 or 32 gb model?
The two models are identical with the exception of the memory. If this was any other tablet, the amount of memory for apps is a consideration but with this discontinued product, the number of apps is finite and not likely to grow very quickly if at all. Aside from apps, more memory gives you more room to store music and movies. These are important consideration if you travel a lot and will be away from internet connections. If you often have internet connections, the Touchpad comes with a free lifetime 50 gb Box.net account
Arguments for getting a 32 gb model
- It’s 50% / $50 off the original price which carried a $100 premium.
- $50 is the lowest price right now to add 16 gb to a tablet.
- There is no way to replace a 16 gb with a 32 gb once it sells out.
- Although there is greater demand for the 16 gb model now, the 32 gb model will probably hold more value in the long run.
Arguments against getting a 32 gb model
- It’s 50% of the entire price of the 16 gb model. I can get two 16 gb for $50 more than the 32 gb model.
- With cloud services becoming more prevalent, storage is not as critical.
- 16 gb is not crippled and is fully capable when managed properly.
- A 32 gb model does not run any faster than a 16 gb model.
- I rather spend the money of a wireless Touchstone charger/stand or a really nice case.
How much does it cost to make the Touchpad?
It’s estimated to cost about $328 (32 gb) for parts and labor alone.
How does the Touchpad compare to the iPad?
The Touchpad is a high end tablet designed to compete against the iPad and other premium tablets. In some ways, the hardware is superior to the iPad 1 and inferior in other ways. For example, the wireless induction charging system is the most advanced on the market right now and no one, include Apple, has it. The Touchpad is not as thin as the iPad and uses a plastic shell. It uses a dual core cpu compared to the iPad 1’s single core cpu. It also has a front facing camera but not a rear facing camera. It’s kind of a blend between the iPad 1 and iPad 2.
What is the warranty?
HP will honor the one year hardware warranty. There are no returns to sellers since it’s a close out item. Dead on arrival units will have to be claimed through HP.
What is the future of WebOS?
Nobody knows for sure. HP stated they are committed to WebOS for other devices. Read more here and here.
Will WebOS be updated?
Yes, Stephen DeWitt, who heads up the HP division responsible for webOS says updates for the Veer and the TouchPad will continue, but it’s unclear when that would change.
Will the Touchpad run Android?
Not as of now. Any Touchpad you see running Android is experimental at best and why would you want to unless you just want to tinker for the fun of it at the risk of bricking your tablet.
What’s the first thing I should do after receiving the Touchpad?
Take a picture and post it on Facebook to gloat. 2nd thing you should do is update WebOS. There is no immediate urgency to doing this and waiting may be prudent since HP’s servers are hammered right now. You’ll need the email and password you used to setup the Touchpad then go to this site. Do not do anything on the Touchpad while it is updating.
Can I overclock the Touchpad which runs at 1.2 GHz?
Yes but at the risk of destroying your tablet from overheating.
Can I speed up the Touchpad without risk?
Yes. Open the Phone and Video Calls app in the Apps tab on the launcher screen. Once in the app select the DialPad tab (sign up for a Skype account if you don’t have one. Once you are in, the dialpad will show up) and enter the following in the dialer like you would on a phone:
Hit the green Dial button.
On the subsequent Collect Logs screen, select Change Logging Levels
Hit the Set Logging To Minimal and confirm
What about accessories? (check out the accessories section lower this posting)
All HP manufactured accessories are also being discontinued. The must have item seems to be the Touchstone wireless charger/stand. It’s unlikely a third party will manufacture this item at the same price/quality so buy it now if you can find it around $40. As for other accessories, there will be plenty to choose from. The Touchpad is about the same size as the iPad 1 some it will fit in some iPad one cases. The HP wireless keyboard is nice but it’s simply a Bluetooth keyboard so any Bluetooth keyboard will work. If you own an iPad, one Bluetooth keyboard will work for all your Bluetooth enabled tablets.
Many places like Best Buy are offering HP branded accessories at 50% or more off.
Should I get a screen protector?
Only if you are one of those who wrap their sofas in plastic and have a bra for the hood of your car. It’s a tool, not a piece of jewelry. Besides, the screen is extremely hard and will not scratch unless you are using a rusty iron nail as a stylus.
What about apps?
There’s a few thousand and you can find them here. More here:
What if the battery dies? Can I replace it?
The battery is not user replaceable but there is no doubt there will be plenty of companies offering this service.
Is there a repair manual?
Yes there is.
Will the Touchpad play H.264 movies without re-encoding?
Yes. It is capable of playing 720 and 1080p H.264 video without skipping.
Does the Touchpad support flash?
Yes. Both flash and HTML5 is supported.
Will the Touchpad work with Netflix or Hulu?
No Netflix and Hulu.com has started blocking Touchpad access.
Will the Touchpad play protected DRM media like those purchased on iTunes?
No and it’s not suppose to.
Can the Touchpad do video conferencing?
Yes. Skype in included and works great.
Angry Birds HD is included.
What can I use this for?
Surf the web (no tab browsing).
Email, calendar, weather updates.
Play music including Pandora.
Video calls with Skype.
Put it in your bedroom and use it as a really cool alarm clock. (Be sure to cover the camera just in case)
Stick it to your fridge and use it as a nag screen for your honey or recipes.
Mount it on a wall and use it as a picture viewer or a really, really small flat screen monitor.
Put it in the nursery and use it as a baby monitor.
Mount it to the headrest of your car and use it to entertain your passengers.
Can I do evil things with the Touchpad?
Yes. You can set it up to remotely monitor a room with the camera so you can use it to spy on your soon to be ex.
WebOS 3.0.2 Update - Do This First when receiving the new Touchpad. There are two ways to do this.
1. Fully Charge Your New Touchpad
2. Update to WebOS 3.0.2 - An update will reset your device to factory settings! DO THIS FIRST!
If update server is BUSY and updates keep failing to complete. Luckily there's another way around: Here
On your PC:
Make sure you have Java or download it from java.com
Download WebOS Doctor by logging on to your WebOS account (it's under Device Options):
Direct link available here.
Open WebOS Doctor and click NEXT until you see "Connect your device directly to your computer with your USB cable."
Turn the Touchpad off (You need to fully shut down by holding the power button until the shut down option comes up. Select "Shut Down" then proceed with the following).
Hold down the Up Volume key while you connect the Touchpad to your PC
Continue holding the Up Volume key until you see a USB icon, then release it
Let it do it's thing
Your device will now restart. Follow the instructions on your device to set your language and sign in to your HP profile.
After your device is reset, log into your HP webOS account. Any information that you've backed up to your HP profile will be restored, including applications and contacts, calendar, and email accounts. Your music, videos and documents will not be affected.
Accessories: Updated 8/27/2011
HP home accessories
: Prices now 30% off
HP Custom Fit Folio/Stand For HP TouchPad: $19.99 +tax
HP Touchstone Charging Dock For HP TouchPad: $39.99 +tax
HP Wireless Keyboard For HP TouchPad: $29.99 +tax
Should consider a high quality screen protector from Office depot:
Wrapsol Protective Film For HP TouchPad Tablet: $10
Don't have office depot near by? Go to local staples!
Just print out the web page from Office depot. They will accept it even though its a web page.
Since Office depot dropped the prices on the hp accessories and i went into staples and price matched them
the HP case
keyboard - 29.99
Touchpad case $19.99
Walmart.com: HP TouchPad Case/Stand: Computers
Walmart.com: HP TouchPad - Touchstone Charging Dock/Stand: Computers
Walmart.com: HP TouchPad Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard: Computers
There are some 50% off deals on official HP Touchpad accessories at Best Buy....but if you buy 3 you get an extra 15% off. Buy 4 or more, get 20% as per this ongoing deal:
Can mix and match with other items in that link if you wish.
Folio Case for HP TouchPad Tablets - Black
$25 + Tax
Touchstone Inductive Charging Dock for HP TouchPad Tablets
$40 + Tax
Wireless Keyboard for HP TouchPad Tablets
$35 + Tax
Buy any 4 or more accessories (20% off):
CASE ($20 + Tax)
Dock ($32 + Tax)
KB ($28 + Tax)
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. Enter coupon code HPFIRESALE. Get 33% off your order.
EDitor: I know most of this is copy and paste but this is only 20% of total information! Edited by bbaseballboy1234 - 8/27/11 at 11:11am