There is no doubt that the Apple iPad is an amazing tool. For photographers, this device is great for showing off your portfolio, or for showing photos to a client. But what about those of us that don’t use a Mac? There is a pretty large group of photographers that Use PC instead. Yes, I know you can still use an iPad if you have a PC but lets face it, some of us are PC loyalists and would rather give our hard earned money to a company that makes PCs, just like the Apple loyalists love giving their money to Apple.
Well PC fans, Hewlett Packard, the largest PC maker in the world, has just announced a slate device that will make you drool. Say hello to the HP Touchpad. The HP Touchpad is about the same size as the iPad sporting a 9.7 inch XGA capacitive multi touch screen. The screen resolution is spec-ed out at 1024×768 pixels. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 1.2Mhz dual core cpu and will be offered in a 16 gig and 32 gig version. Plenty of power and space to show off your photos.
But it doesn’t stop at just photos. This device will have wifi connectivity so you can use it for surfing the web and for email. As a matter of fact, it integrates all your email accounts so you can view them separately or all together by accessing all your inboxes at once. When used together with HP’s newly announced smart phone, the Pre3, it can even be used for making and receiving phone calls with or without video, and sms messaging. Of course there are a host of other integrated features and a whole catalog of supported applications for you to download including productivity software and various games and entertainment applications. You can even print with this thing wirelessly to an HP printer. Availability for the HP Touchpad is set for Summer of 2011. No pricing has yet been announced. For further info you can check out the specs here. There is even a youtube video of the press event where HP announced this device. You can find it at this link. The demo of the HP Touchpad starts around the 29 to 30 minute mark.
So if you’re looking for an alternative to the iPad, perhaps this is jut what you are looking for. So far it looks good on paper but it still remains to be seen. With availability set for the Summer of 2011, I guess we will just have to wait and see if this new Touchpad from HP lives up to the hype.