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There she is, the HP TouchPad. It's the webOS slate we've been yearning for ever since probing (then) Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein on our first-ever Engadget Show, but sadly, it looks as if HP has yanked any and all Palm labeling from the final product. Introduced today in San Francisco as part of a newfangled webOS triumvirate, the TouchPad (previously known by Topaz) is shaped almost exactly like the iPad. It tips the scales at 1.6 pounds and measures 13.7mm thick, which is somewhat of a downer for those already put off by the heft found in Apple's slate. As we'd heard last month, HP's shipping this one with its own Beats audio engine, Touch-to-Share (a feature that lets users easily transfer a website, document, song, text or call from the phone to the tablet -- or vice versa -- simply by tapping the two devices together) and a huge reliance on the cloud. Also of note, Jon just mentioned that this is only the "first in the webOS TouchPad family," hinting that the Opal may be just around the bend.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/the-hp-touchpad/

Aside from a few internal specs and obviously the OS, this looks like a carbon copy of the iPad, right down to the name. Creativity is lacking over at HP despite its Palm acquisition.
 
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that looks beautiful.
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I wonder what the price will be? If they pull a Motorola Xoom ($800) it will flop. IMO the BlackBerry PlayBook is looking pretty good, looks like it is going to start at $499.99.
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Definitely does have an iPad look.
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I don't think it is a carbon copy of the iPad by any stretch of imagination.

This tablet looks amazing. Apple needs to take a page out of HP's book with the multi-tasking and notification systems.
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http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/09/the-hp-touchpad/

Aside from a few internal specs and obviously the OS, this looks like a carbon copy of the iPad, right down to the name. Creativity is lacking over at HP despite its Palm acquisition.
How many ways are there to put a screen, battery, and mainboard in one device?

If this has an unlocked bootloader, I believe that this is the tablet I've been waiting for.
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How is it an Ipad copy again?

That is like saying that Apple totally ripped off dell with their laptop design.

Dell totally had the keyboard and screen thing done first......


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Every tablet is going to look like an iPad. There is going to be a touch screen a camera on the top and buttons on the bottom. This HP looks great but its going to flop due to the OS. All these companies need to realize that android is the wave of the future and hop on band wagon and kick apples ass. Btw i own an iPad so dont give me that fan boy crap.
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Imho, if this isn't a blatant iPad rip off, I dont know what is. HP couldn't even come up with an original name. TouchPad?? How can you differentiate yourself from the competition when all you're doing is blending in by riding the coattails of the iPad? I almost thought it was a joke. Not to mention by the time this guy comes out iPad 2 will have been out for a while, not to mention Xoom, Playbook, and who knows what else. Sadly this tablet isn't going to last long, especially since it lacks the kind of developer support iOS and Android have.

Plus, I have a theory that people who buy Android smartphones will buy Android tablets. Folks who own iPhones will buy an iPad. Blackberry-er's will buy Playbooks. I think people become "invested" in their operating systems. I know I am. That doesn't bold well for WebOS, all things considered.

Just my two cents.

I also think it's interesting how everyone is now saying all tablets will look like iPads, yet deny that Apple created this new market.
 
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Apple didn't create the tablet market.......

Similar to the MP3 player, they just refined it
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