The success of the iPad proved there’s a market for tablets. Now everybody wants a piece of it. And some of the contenders have specs that might just put the iPad to shame. One of those is the HP Touchpad.

HP hasn’t even tried to hide the direct influence of the iPad.  The Touchpad is almost exactly the same size and weight as Apple’s baby.  They even put “pad” in the name just to make sure nobody misses the similarities.  But as soon as you turn it on, the resemblance goes away and a whole new kind of cool kicks in.

It’s got a 1.2Ghz dual core processor as opposed to the iPad’s single core 1.0Ghz, and a full 1GB of RAM compared to Apple’s 256Mb.  It comes armed with HP’s very impressive WebOS and its nifty “activity cards” interface, and a front-facing webcam for video calls, sorely missed on the first generation iPad.  And it’ll connect to smartphones, of course, with a particular predisposition for the pre.

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