Desktops and Notebooks: HP TouchPad, Palm Pre3, Veer Are Impressive, Could Challenge Apple

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-10 Print this article Print
HP TouchPad, Palm Pre3, Veer Are Impressive, Could Challenge Apple

HP TouchPad, Palm Pre3, Veer Are Impressive, Could Challenge Apple

by Chris Preimesberger
Hewlett-Packard and its mobile-device subsidiary, Palm, made a large leap ahead in that booming business Feb. 9 with the San Francisco launch of two new smart phones and a long-awaited tablet PC, the TouchPad. The TouchPad, which has the same dimensions (a 9.7-inch screen) as an Apple iPad, will face some serious competition from about 83 other tablet PCs in the marketplace when it comes on the scene in a few months. But it appears to have some chops, so it will undoubtedly make a lot of new fans. It runs Palm's webOS operating system, which HP Senior Vice President Todd Bradley said will soon be extended to run inside HP laptops and desktop machines. (Microsoft can't be too happy to hear that news.) In any case, the TouchPad and the Palm Pre3 and Veer smartphones are designed to work together; for example, to sync one of the phones with a TouchPad, all a user needs to do is actually touch the two devices together, and voila, they can share e-mail, video and other applications. Here are some highlights from the launch event at the Herbst Pavilion on the San Francisco waterfront at Fort Mason. (Photos by Chris Preimesberger, eWEEK)
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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