The HP TouchPad got off to a pretty rocky start, and then things got worse. Thanks to buggy performance and a somewhat hefty design, the first tablet powered by webOS received a lukewarm reception when it was released in early July. After an initial price drop didn’t spur sales, HP decided to stop making webOS hardware altogether, which includes phones and tablets. But thanks to a subsequent price cut to just $99, there are suddenly a whole lot of people with a new TouchPad in hand.
Want to get the most out of the HP TouchPad? Follow these tips.
The Just Type bar, located near the top of the homescreen, helps you search Google, Maps, Wikipedia, Twitter, and the App Catalog.
The HP TouchPad has a much different interface than the iPad and Android tablets, but once you get the hang of it you’ll appreciate how easy it is to multitask.
The HP TouchPad may be a defunct product, but it still offers video conferencing via Skype that’s good enough to call your friends on other devices.
The TouchPad can print to network-capable HP printers that were made in the past 5 years or so and are available on the current Wi-Fi network.
Moving photos, music, and other files back and forth between your PC and your TouchPad is easy
webOS Exhibition is like a screen saver for your TouchPad, but better.
You can swap out shortcuts on the menu bar just by dragging new apps across the screen.
You can use the TouchPad to make phone calls or send SMS messages as long as you are actively paired with a webOS phone.