2011 can definitely be termed the year of the tablets. A tablet is a portable device which can be used to perform basic computing tasks. Tablets come with touch screens and also have multi-touch features. HP has been known over time as an innovator and a technological giant in the field of instrumentation, IT and applied IT enabled services like cloud computing.

Microsoft made a mark for itself with the Windows platform, Apple with the the iOS platform, and HP looks like will be setting a new trend with its WebOS platform. After their Mac series, Apple has been in the limelight the last four years with their smartphone technology and the iOS. Apple innovatively brought the smartphone with a sleek design and structured functionality with more than 4 lakh apps.

After the takeover of Palm last year, HP has combined the strength of Palm and the technology of HP, to deliver the next generation tablet, which could probably compete with the likes of Apple iPad and Android based smartphone manufacturers.

The HP TouchPad has an extremely user friendly WebOS interface. The new generation TouchTone technology, the 9.7 inch capacitive, multi-touch screen, Wi-Fi and 3G versions, large storage options, video conferencing cameras, Bluetooth, and wireless charging, are features par excellence. The sleek 13.7 mm thick TouchPad brings in HP’s own Beats Audio engine with the unique tap-to-share feature besides cloud computing options. The 1.2 Giga Hertz, dual core, Snapdragon CPU with a range of sensors inbuilt, including Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass, Notification light, and full connectivity with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, AGPS and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, a powerful battery and stereo speakers as well as microphone, make the tablet unique. The superb user interface of the HP TouchPad is definitely unmatchable, in comparison to Android or iOS. HP Synergy brings in powerful e-mail application and integration as also a wonderful pop-up notification system, VPN support, Google Docs / Quick Office / Drop Box / Box.net compatibility.

HP, the leader in printing technology, has also provided the feature in the tablet for wireless printing with compatible printers in the network. The activity card feature, for visualizing and organizing multiple panels of work, games, e-mails and even grouping of related cards in stacks or automatic stacking is a feature unique to the HP tablet. Making video calls and seeing your photos from Facebook, Snapfish and Photo-Bucket as also collaborating with other users using Google Docs or Box.net are interesting. Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and really high speed browsing of the web is what one looks forward to.