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HP Touchstone Dock Review for TouchPad Palm's original Touchstone inductive charging dock, first shown alongside the original Pre and WebOS CES 2009, was one of the most heralded mobile phone accessories of all-time. Some users, myself included, even considered it to be an overall better-engineered piece of equipment than the phone it was designed to charge. HP has thankfully kept Palm's induction charging technology legacy alive and made it standard fitment to all of their new devices, including the TouchPad.

HP surprisingly included a TouchStone charging dock in the box alongside our 32Gb TouchPad review unit, so read on for our review of the TouchPad's most distinctive first-party accessory.

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You can charge in landscape

stickboy @ 8/9/2011 5:03:42 PM # Q
"The tablet can only be docked in portrait mode which may be an issue for some issues."

Not only does the last part of that sentence not make much sense, but it's not true. The TouchPad can be charged in a landscape orientation too (volume buttons on top).

RE: You can charge in landscape
Tuckermaclain @ 8/14/2011 5:41:06 PM # Q
Only in landscape? The Touchpad needs to be bipolar like everybody that ever ran Palm, Inc.
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Wheels Coming Off?

LiveFaith @ 8/11/2011 4:01:33 PM # Q
OnTopic: HP, like Palm, is pricing it rediculously high and then will bundle, or sell it at huge "discounts".

OffTopic: Looks like the wheels are coming off the WebOS community. I have never seen as much negativism as in the comments concerning the Pre3 6 month wait over @ P|C. Either HP shows up with several grainy "leaked" photos over the next couple of weeks or it appears to be over. They may be serious @ tablets and toasters etc, but it appears we are on the cusp of iPaq II for smartphones. I'm not even sure that the Pre3 ever gets released. If this is a mobile strategy by HP, then I dread the day when they lose focus. Feb 9th redux here we come.

Dr Dre just jumped to HTC for the exclusive Beats on mobile agreement. HP, there long time partner, had no ability to show them a reason to go with their phone platform. Looks like the end of Palm mobile devices is literallty being measured in months and not years now. JMO.
Pat Horne

RE: Wheels Coming Off?
gmayhak @ 8/11/2011 5:57:08 PM # Q
I think the wheels came off when Palm tossed out Palm OS and the developer community but they were squeaking long before that.
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RE: Wheels Coming Off?
hkklife @ 8/11/2011 7:27:16 PM # Q
The wheels have come off and been reattached so many times it's pretty pitiful. It's not a Palm thing nor is it an HP thing. It's somehow embedded in the culture of both companies. The Pre3 debacle may be the absolute final straw for the last handful of the original Pre faithful:

-Failure to bring on color, multimedia, wireless connectivity in step with the competition (Sony, Dell and ironically Compaq).

-Failure to release a proper followup OS to 5.x

-Failure to produce a proper web browser and moderate UI facelift to keep Garnet semi-competitive until WebOS arrived

-What Gary said above

-Sprint exclusivity for the Pre

-No non-phone devices from 2005 until 2011

-Poor assortment of devices on various carriers. Case in point: no upgrade path for T-Mobile Palm OS users since the Treo 600, no upgrade path for Sprint users since the Pixi's release in 2009.

-No direction for WebOS (it's for phones only! it's a gaming platform! it's for tablets! it's for PCs and printers! It's Mojo! It's Enyo! )

-They treat their users as a cross between steadfastly loyal iSheep, utter idiots, and narrow-minded Rubinstein types (ie have never used a competing device or platform).

My prediction: The Pre3 will be released on AT&T in very limited quantities (either through indirect resellers only, or online only or at retail with zero marketing support). The Pre 2 will remain the final VZW WebOS device and Sprint will stay far, far away from HP.

The Veer, P2 and P3 will see drastic price reductions and various bundle promos & HP will go into a sort of WebOS smartphone dormancy period while they retool for a "unified" WebOS approach for smartphones, printers, tablets & PCs next year (like Google is doing with ICS Android 4.0 later this year). If THAT flops, then they swill swiftly and mercilessly pull the plug on WebOS.


Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->Verizon Moto Droid + Verizon Palm Centro-> Verizon Moto Droid X + Palm TX

RE: Wheels Coming Off?
LiveFaith @ 8/11/2011 9:16:29 PM # Q
Interesting predictions. You may be right. $1.4B is a lot to spend to toss it all after 18 mos. I love the synopsis @ "direction", that pretty much sums up the insanity, disarray, and/or desperation of a poorly run operation.
Pat Horne
RE: Wheels Coming Off?
jca666us @ 8/14/2011 4:54:21 AM # Q
Look at HP's history with acquisitions - it's not a pretty picture.


RE: Wheels Coming Off?
rpa @ 8/14/2011 5:18:46 PM # Q
One has to wonder: why did HP buy Palm in the first place?
RE: Wheels Coming Off?
LiveFaith @ 8/15/2011 12:11:11 PM # Q
They had a real cute little smart phone with really cool swiping cards. With an HP logo on one, everybody will get one just like they do printers.
Pat Horne
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Screen size

richf @ 8/14/2011 1:02:55 PM # Q
Here is one guy's view of the screen sizes of the different devices. This is an insightful view and sorta applies the one engineering principle that I have liked all my life. KISS. More commonly known as Keep It Simple Stupid. What I really like about this article is he factors in the limitations of the thumb. It can be applied brand agnostic even though he uses Android to present his views. Read it and enjoy, lets hear your views. Here is the link...
http://www.carrypad.com/2011/08/12/a-critical-look-at-the-interface-and-ergonomics-of-android/all/1/
Have a nice day!
HP 41CX->HP 75C->Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->Pilot Pro->IIIe->IIIc->M500->M505->M515->TC->T3->T5->Treo 650P->Treo 700P->Droid>Pre Plus
RE: Screen size
LiveFaith @ 8/15/2011 12:21:25 PM # Q
Interesting article. I tend to agree with the first comment tho ... if you want one handed usage on a touchscreen device then get a small one. Quit whining bc your thumb cannot reach across your 4.3" screen.
Capacitive TS glitz has replaced one handed functionality in mobile and it does not appear to be changing anytime soon.
Pat Horne
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Googorola™: the end of webOS?

Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 8/15/2011 3:15:16 PM # M Q
With Google buying Motorola (and not just for it's patents), Microsoft's relationship with Nokia and Apple's closed system squeezing from all directions, HP needs to start licensing webOS to companies like Samsung. Immediately.

Fake Jeff Hawkins

RE: Googorola™: the end of webOS?
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 8/19/2011 3:36:50 AM # Q
Oooops! Too late (my bad).

Tee hee!

I wish I could tell you guys just how CRAZY the true Palm/webOS story really is...

- Fake Jeff Hawkins

RE: Googorola™: the end of webOS?
hkklife @ 8/19/2011 3:51:05 AM # Q
Tidbits!!!??? Please!?!!?

Can you at least comment on the spectacularly horrible timing of the announcement? I mean, the TP launched 6 weeks ago (with the "hard" launch a month ago, the 64GB TouchPad became available for sale today in France and the Pre 3 unofficially hit the UK, what, 2 days ago?

And the TouchPad 4G and 7" wi-fi and 4G TouchPads are likely sitting in a warehouse somewhere ready to go. You'd think HP would have just kept quiet until the end of the year or at least closer to the holidays to can anything. They stand ZERO chance to unload inventory at anything less than firesale prices now!

Speculation: Which device is destined to become a bigger collector's item: A Michael Jordan m100, a Claudia Schiffer Vx, a "Patriotic" m505, a 128MB Centro, a Treo 500V, an 8GB Pre 3, a 64GB TouchPad or a 7" TouchPad Go?
Pilot 1000->Pilot 5000->PalmPilot Pro->IIIe->Vx->m505->T|T->T|T2->T|C->T|T3->T|T5->Zodiac 2->TX->Verizon Treo 700P->Verizon Treo 755p->Verizon Moto Droid + Verizon Palm Centro-> Verizon Moto Droid X + Palm TX

RE: Googorola™: the end of webOS?
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 8/19/2011 4:33:14 AM # Q
Tidbits!!!??? Please!?!!?

You know what a tease I am!

Can you at least comment on the spectacularly horrible timing of the announcement? I mean, the TP launched 6 weeks ago (with the "hard" launch a month ago, the 64GB TouchPad became available for sale today in France and the Pre 3 unofficially hit the UK, what, 2 days ago?

And the TouchPad 4G and 7" wi-fi and 4G TouchPads are likely sitting in a warehouse somewhere ready to go. You'd think HP would have just kept quiet until the end of the year or at least closer to the holidays to can anything. They stand ZERO chance to unload inventory at anything less than firesale prices now!

Kenny Rogers said it best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6q2mFiN7GIc

"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done."

"Speculation: Which device is destined to become a bigger collector's item: A Michael Jordan m100, a Claudia Schiffer Vx, a "Patriotic" m505, a 128MB Centro, a Treo 500V, an 8GB Pre 3, a 64GB TouchPad or a 7" TouchPad Go?"

None of the above. Foleo is the king of the Palm hardware hill.
(P.S. You can still find new in box 128 MB Centro 2 selling for under $100.)

- Fake Jeff Hawkins


RE: Googorola™: the end of webOS?
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 8/19/2011 6:10:01 AM # Q
The true collector's items:

1) Palm Foleo
2) Sony CLIE VZ90 (Japanese-only, but English localization works oh-so-sweet!)
3) Red Sony CLIE TH55
4) Palm Tungsten T3 running Cobalt
5) Pilot 1000

Guess how many of these I have? ;-)

First honorable mention goes to the overclocked Palm Pre that were demoed (Smoke & Mirrors Style!) at CES in January 2009. Way to pull the wool over the media's eyes, Eddie! Ethics? Wat dat?

Second honorable mention goes to Samsung SPH-i550.

And I suppose Tapwave Zodiac 2 deserves an "E" for "Effort". I got a few Zodiacs on clearance for $125 apiece back in 2005 or so - still have one unopened in the box. One of these days I'll set up a display for all my obscure hardware...

FJH

Palm's legacy of stock manipulation continues...
Fake Jeff Hawkins @ 8/21/2011 1:58:14 PM # Q

Guess how many people knew about the bailout on webOS last week BEFORE it was announced? And how many of them made a KILLING on HP's stock?

If only Joe Lunchbucket found out how things happen in the Real World...

- Wealthy Jeff Hawkins

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Any Web OS or Android developers here?

gmayhak @ 8/16/2011 3:40:22 PM # Q
This is off subject but if you are looking for an idea for an app TCL has a new product for the Golf & NEV industries going on the market in January. The hardware interfaces with a phone or pad via Bluetooth.
I only do iOS apps so if you would like to write an app similar to BattSix I'll provide the interface specifications.
http://www.italentproductions.com/battsixbluetooth.html

(Don't laugh at the videos, we have some cool footage being shot on a nice golf course ;)

Gary
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