The Future of HP webOS

The Future of HP webOS

Vivian Kim
Feb 11, 2011

HP's big event this Wednesday showed us some exciting new gadgets. Although it was sad to see the Palm brand replaced with HP logos, it's definitely nice to see this computer giant getting behind webOS in a big way. With 3 new compelling products with an Apple-like polish, HP webOS has an interesting and exciting future.

HP Veer - The HP Veer just may be the cutest phone I've ever seen. Coming in at about the size of a credit card, the Veer goes against the current smart phone trend (bigger screens) and aims to pack all the same features in a more pocket-sized fashion. With rumors about the iPhone coming out with a smaller version, HP just may have restarted the trend of tiny phones. The Veer is planned for availability this spring.

HP Pre 3 - The Pre 3 takes everything we love about the current Pre 2 and improves on it in almost every way. The screen increases from 3.1" to 3.58" and the resolution jumps from 480 x 320, to 800 x 480. We now get 720p video recording, a front-facing camera and 1.4Ghz processor. Another unique thing about the Pre 3 is its conductive charging touchstone dock. When you dock the phone on the touchstone, it enables "exhibition mode," showing you relevant information such as your next appointment (something I wish the iPhone would do).

HP TouchPad - Planned for availability this summer, the TouchPad is the first tablet from HP that comes with webOS. Much like the other tablets coming out lately, the TouchPad comes with a front-facing camera and multitasking. What sets it apart from the rest is the way it integrates with a Pre 3. Using its touchstone technology, you can send content back and forth just by tapping the Pre 3 against the TouchPad. Another awesome feature: text messages and phone calls can be answered right on the tablet. The TouchPad is also able to natively print to wireless/networked HP printers and boasts built-in Beats audio.

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