I may have my sights set on the Notion Ink Adam but if any one tablet could possibly sway me away from all that Pixel Qi goodness it’s the HP webOS tablet, also known as the PalmPad. Rumor has it that HP has chosen Inventec as the tablet’s manufacturer and it may be producing 6-7 million of these things for 2011.
Many people may have lost their faith in the OS but it’s still hard to deny that it’s terribly simple and gorgeous. While it may be lacking features that iOS and Android are filled with, the ease of use, not to mention how fun it is to use, may be enough to keep people going to webOS. Though I’m usually an Android loyalist, I can only imagine that the cards UI on the webOS will likely be a dream to use on a larger screened device.
This is still a rumor and the 6-7 million units may be quite a large number but we’re sure that HP will market the crap out of this thing and, if priced competitively, the PalmPad will sell like crazy. Inventec also makes the Nook Color, Barnes & Noble’s new e-reader that comes with a 7-inch colored display, powered by Android. We know that HP has some big plans for webOS and hopefully the PalmPad will be just the starting point. My wish is to see the OS running on many different smartphones in many different form-factors and HP sure has the clout and the money to make that happen.
Will the PalmPad be able to grab the attention of the mass market? I believe so, but there will be a lot of competition from Apple’s iPad and the hordes of Android tablets that are on its way. Still, webOS just stands out and is so easy on the eyes, you’ll likely just be drawn to the thing even if you’re not in the market for a tablet.
Anyone else aching to hear more about the PalmPad? Stay tuned here, as we will be right on top of any news that comes our way.