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

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

by Clint Boulton

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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.

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

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

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Video Calls

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

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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.

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Gaming Features

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

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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.

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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.

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Video Calling

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

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Basic Mobile Applications

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

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Additional Built-in Software

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tap to Call

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

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