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Pros:

- Web OS is very intuitive to use. My wife, who is not tech savvy at all, was able to pick up my Touchpad and figure everything out within half an hour.
- The OS is stable and fast. While many have mentioned the old and outdated hardware (especially in early 2012) HP has kept their promises of updates. The experience is 1000x better today than when I first purchased the unit.
- It's FUN to use! What else can be said? The OS is just a blast to navigate and use, the card stacking system, swiping up to close a program or sideways to get to the next application is an enjoyment. It makes using my iPhone seem like a really shallow experience.
- You get a FULL web experience! I was blown away the first time I loaded up flash heavy sites such as ESPN, The Verge or Engadget. The full power of the internet is at your fingertips and it is wonderful. I can stream 720p football games via ESPN, watch YouTube videos with no issues and use any website in the world.
- The speakers sound great too!

Cons:

- Lack of apps. Fortunately we live in a digital world where Apple's famous phrase "there's an app for that" rings true. Unfortunately the same can NOT be said for the Touchpad. I have searched high and low for the best apps and I have only found 60 or so worth downloading at all.
- Thickness/weight. I know, anybody who complains that the Touchpad is too thick or weighs too much needs to hit the gym. It's not that the Touchpad is either of those thing, but that compared to my wife's iPad 2 the Touchpad feels like a thick brick. I realize this is an unfair comparison but with how technology is evolving HP should have upped the physical quality of a (formerly expensive at $500) device.

Other Thoughts:

- Overall I would give the Touchpad a 9/10. While the lack of apps is a problem, I have been overly impressed with the excellent battery life, internet browsing experience, ability to stream HD content with no issues, etc.
- The Touchpad does everything and more that I could have asked for, especially since I was able to purchase mine directly from HP during the $99 fire sale. Is this tablet worth $500? Hell no. Is it worth $250-$300? Definitely YES!
- I hope that with the new major update coming for Web OS in September that HP will put more of their muscle behind the product and make it an experience that can rival Android and iOS. Is this possible? Yes. Probable? Not very likely.
I would recommend the Touchpad to anybody looking for a tablet that is not named 'iPad'. Android doesn't cut it in the tablet market either.

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