Dual-Core HP TouchPad: Competition For iPad or Not?

We have waited a while for HP’s latest tablet the TouchPad, but it seems that the webOS device has come in and hit the floor running. Rightly so with Apple’s iPad 2 chomping at the bit, ready to burst in on the party and change the way we look at tablet devices, just like when its big brother the first gen iPad did.

Slashgear got stuck into the TouchPad at HP’s unveiling event, and found it to be a solid unit displayed in a black plastic casing. It’s webOS 3.0 and dual-core 1.2GHz processor is said to work well with the 9.7-inch screen.

Part of the joys of using the TouchPad, stem from its multitasking prowess, split email’s and live thumbnails. These give you the option to shift and stack thumbnails similar to Android’s 3.0 Honeycomb.

Up until now Palm has held the top spot for discrete notifications, and HP has capitalized on this with webOS 3.0. Moving sections to the top right hand corner of the screen, users can choose to remove individual or multiple items. Another feature is the front facing camera, allowing video calling. Available on both TouchPad and new Pre3, this will no doubt be mirrored by the iPad 2 when it arrives.

Along with its new tablet, HP has revealed its Tap-to-Share technology. Called the Touchstone, this wireless transfer dock has big plans in HP’s pipeline. If you want to see the TouchPad in all its glory, Engadget has shown a video clip of the new device going through its paces.

We will have to wait until Summer before we can see if the TouchPad can really be a big contender for other big players in the market, including Apple’s iPad? Watch the clip and let us know what you think.