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Android on HP TouchPad First Impressions

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hp-logoThese are the phases of owning an HP TouchPad with WebOS:

  1. Awesome device for just $150!
  2. This device isn’t so bad.
  3. Okay. There are a few issues with performance, but it’s tolerable
  4. Argh. This thing is an inconsistent P.O.S. No wonder nobody bought it!

The one shining beacon of hope was an Android port. The HP TouchPad hardware solid. It’s a dual core 1.2 GHz device with 1GB of RAM. That’s plenty of power for Android, right?

Things are working surprisingly well based on the early alpha Cyanogen Mod 7.1 for the HP TouchPad. It may be Android 2.3 Gingerbread and it may be an alpha, but I’m enjoying using it a lot more than the Touchpad outside of one key area: multitasking.

The card system is the one innovation that WebOS has over its competitors. It enabled seamless application switching and management with nothing more than a few finger swipes.

But I’m willing to bet that gripe could be addressed with an app of some kind. With access to the Android Marketplace and the customizability of Android, almost anything is possible. If only this was more than an alpha release, then I would get into mucking around with it some more.

As promising as things seem with Cyanogen Mod 7.1, Cyanogen 9 and the release of Ice Cream Sandwich is what everyone is waiting for. I can’t wait for that release and its tablet centric features.

Finally, the HP Touchpad has some real promise ahead of it.

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