I have long moaned about the lack of true productivity functionality in today's tablets, but have never had the chance to use an HP TouchPad. Lukas Mathis could be onto something in Please Steal These webOS Features. Thanks to Paul.
I suspect that most people use their iPads similarly: to surf the web, watch movies, play games, read books, and graphic novels. Essentially, to consume. Of course, there are always exceptions. There are great music and painting apps for the iPad, for example. But how many iPad owners are musicians or like to paint with their fingers? In the grand scheme of things, not many, I suspect.
So when I bought a TouchPad after HP discontinued it, I never assumed that I would use it for actual work. But I am doing just that. I’m using it to respond to email, to do research on the Internet, to take notes during meetings.
So why was it so easy for me to use the TouchPad for work, but not the iPad? I think it’s because there are a number of things the TouchPad does that make it more suitable for work.