Enterprise Mobility: HP's TouchPad Tablet, Palm Pre3, Veer Mini Smartphone Worth a Closer Look

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-02-16
 
 
 

HPs TouchPad Tablet, Palm Pre3, Veer Mini Smartphone Worth a Closer Look

by Clint Boulton

HPs TouchPad Tablet, Palm Pre3, Veer Mini Smartphone Worth a Closer Look

TouchPad

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.

TouchPad

Keyboard

The TouchPad virtual keyboard appears easy to use for typing messages. Microsoft Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendars are available for ActiveSync.

Keyboard

Typing

Users may just start typing to begin an e-mail without launching an application. You don't see this functionality in Android or iOS.

Typing

Video Calls

The 1.3-megapixel camera enables video calls. Its not the greatest tablet camera ever, but it will suffice.

Video Calls

Printing

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.

Printing

Gaming Features

Games such as Armageddon Squadron II are also a big hook for the TouchPad, enabled by the accelerometer, compass and gyroscope.

Gaming Features

Touchstone

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.

Touchstone

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.

Palm Pre 3

Video Calling

A 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (up to 720p) video recording and front VGA camera support video calling.

Video Calling

Basic Mobile Applications

Instant messaging, notifications and social networking are easily accessible via the Pre 3.

Basic Mobile Applications

Additional Built-in Software

Check out these pre-integrated applications for the Pre 3.

Additional Built-in Software

Accessories

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.

Accessories

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.

HP Veer Front

Credit-Card-Sized Device

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.

Credit-Card-Sized Device

Tap to Call

Users can place a phone call from messaging by tapping the header in the conversation thread.

Tap to Call

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