Enterprise Mobility: HP's TouchPad Tablet, Palm Pre3, Veer Mini Smartphone Worth a Closer Look
HPs TouchPad Tablet, Palm Pre3, Veer Mini Smartphone Worth a Closer Look
by Clint Boulton
The TouchPad features "activity cards" or application widgets that may be stacked for easy visualization. This enables users to flit between applications without closing a single one on the multitouch-screen, which sports a 1024 by 768 resolution display.
The TouchPad virtual keyboard appears easy to use for typing messages. Microsoft Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendars are available for ActiveSync.
Users may just start typing to begin an e-mail without launching an application. You don't see this functionality in Android or iOS.
The 1.3-megapixel camera enables video calls. Its not the greatest tablet camera ever, but it will suffice.
Here's a nice, new perk: TouchPad users may print wirelessly to compatible networked HP printers. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication and Bluetooth 2.1.
Games such as Armageddon Squadron II are also a big hook for the TouchPad, enabled by the accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.
The Touchstone technology enables easy link sharing, by tapping a TouchPad and Pre 3 together. Users may also start reading a Website or blog on a TouchPad and then tap their Veer smartphone to take it to go. This requires a HP TouchPad with webOS 3.0 and Pre3 or Veer with webOS 2.2 or higher with the two linked devices having the same HP webOS account.
Palm Pre 3
The Pre 3 features include a 24-bit color, 480 by 800 resolution WVGA display, vertical slide-out keyboard and 1.4GHz of processing power. The keyboard enables easy text messaging, with Microsoft Exchange e-mail with Microsoft Direct Push Technology.
A 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (up to 720p) video recording and front VGA camera support video calling.
Basic Mobile Applications
Instant messaging, notifications and social networking are easily accessible via the Pre 3.
Additional Built-in Software
Check out these pre-integrated applications for the Pre 3.
Accessories for the Pre 3 include the Touchstone dock for connectivity to the TouchPad and other webOS devices. A vehicle charger and Bluetooth headset are also available.
HP Veer Front
The Notifications screen displays messages, reminders and Facebook updates. There is a full keyboard to go with the 2.6-inch multitouch-screen that delivers 18-bit color and 320 by 400 resolution.
For perspective, here's the Veer next to a credit card. The device measures 2.15 inches wide, 3.31 inches long and 0.59 inches thick, and weighs only 3.63 ounces. There is also a 5-megapixel camera with video capture.
Tap to Call
Users can place a phone call from messaging by tapping the header in the conversation thread.