HP takes webOS to the next level with the Veer, Pre 3 and the TouchPad
Recently Hewlett Packard bought up what was left of the Palm dynasty. There was much more life left in Palm and its operating system and HP could see this, so they pony upped the 1.2 billion dollars and took a chance. This “chance” is starting to show its face today with HP announcing 3 new webOS devices. Unfortunately it looks like HP has done away with the Palm name…lets all take a moment of silence for this. However the iconic Palm brand name will surely live on under HP’s guidance and looks to be off to a good start. The new devices from HP sticks with the vision Palm had with the Pre so let’s take a look at each new HP device that was released today.
The Veer is the essentially the new entry level Palm, I mean HP webOS device. The Veer is basically a smaller Pre that will presumably take the place of the Palm Pixi, until of course a bar style non slider is released by HP, which we can assume will eventually happen. The specs on the Veer read as you would expect an entry level smart phone to read as. The small device measures in at 54.5 x 84 x 15.1mm, rocks an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 and has 512MB or RAM. The camera on the Veer comes in at 5 mega pixels with no flash. The Veer’s battery is non removable and is set at 910 mAh. Other standards about the Veer include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. This new Veer does not have a gyroscope but does indeed have an accelerometer and the ability to use HP’s new Touch-to-share functionality. Check out the pictures of the new Veer and let us know what you think.
HP Pre 3
This is the one webOS fiends have been waiting for, the wait is over and it seems to have been worth it. The Pre 3 is the revised successor to the Pre line. This new HP Pre has a list of some very nice specs, let’s take a look. The Pre 3 measures in at 64 x 111 x 16mm with a 3.58-inch 800 x 480 touch screen. Internally the Pre 3 rocks a very powerful 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x55, 512MB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. The Pre 3 also rocks a 5 mega pixel camera with 720p video recording capabilities and a front facing VGA secondary camera. Other standards include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (dual-band), Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR. The Pre 3 also rocks 1230mAh battery to take care of the power needs. The Pre 3 also has the new webOS based Touch-to-share functionality and is an all around little horse, whether it is for work or play.
HP Touch Pad
Last but not least on the list of new webOS based HP devices that were announced today is the long awaited Touch Pad. The anticipation of this tablet has been flaming out of control since the HP acquisition of Palm a few months back. It’s finally here folks and its niiice. The Touch Pads processor is slightly under that of the Pre 3, rocking a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060. The TouchPad’s display size is in line with the iPad measuring in at 9.7 inches with a resolution of 1024 x 768. HP’s new TouchPad has 1GB of RAM and comes in two flavors in the storage department being 16GB or 32 GB. There is no rear facing camera however a front facing 1.3 mega pixel snapper will take those video calls with ease. The TouchPad weighs in at about 1.6 pounds; other standards on the Touchpad include Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The TouchPad is powered by a 6300 mAh battery.
So the specs are in, however something that is another article entirely is the webOS user interface. WebOS has an amazing UI and is truly an experience that will leave you happy. So Palm heads, are you happy with HP’s direction? Is the Palm legacy still instilled in these new designs enough to make you drop your Android or Apple and make the trek back to webOS? I for one am truly interested in these new webOS devices. Let us know what you think.Palm, WebOS, HP, Pre3, Veer