Disclosure: I am participating in a compensated campaign in cooperation with HP and Savings.com to bring you this giveaway. As always, despite any payment I receive, opinions expressed within my posts are mine alone, and my honest assessment.
What’s the latest computer craze? Tablets, of course. We take laziness to new heights here in our multi-computer household by not even getting up off the couch to Google random questions—we just reach for whatever computer happens to be lying on the coffee table. (There’s always at least one there.) So I was pretty stoked to try out the new HP TouchPad before coming here to tell you about it and offer you the chance to win one.
I have to be completely honest, here: We’re a Mac household. We have an iPad. And as a Mac evangelist, I feel like they’re the gold standard. The TouchPad is not an iPad. I can point out two things that the TouchPad has in its favor over the iPad, though: First, the TouchPad’s WebOS supports Flash, which means you never come up on a site and go “Wait, where is it?” Everything runs. Second, whenever you tap, there’s a graphic animation that looks sort of like a ripple of water—for novice tablet users, this is actually really handy in terms of knowing where you’ve tapped, learning how responsive the screen is, etc.
Our TouchPad is going to primarily be my son’s computer, so I asked him what he likes about it. “Angry Birds,” he answered, immediately. (The HD version of Angry Birds is free in the HP App Store, and it’s pretty magnificent.) There’s also a free app for Kahn Academy, which is pretty sweet in terms of making me feel like it’s educational. I have to say the video display and sound quality on the TouchPad are quite good, and I like knowing that should my son ever tire of Angry Birds, he can watch educational videos. Heh.
I’m going to be giving one lucky Want Not reader their very own HP TouchPad! All you have to do is review the contest rules and regulations, then leave a comment on this post by 8:00 a.m. Eastern (that’s 5:00 a.m. Pacific) on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 telling me what you’d use your new TouchPad for for a chance to win. I’ll select the winner via random number generation and possibly via tapping on my own TouchPad.
What are you waiting for? Get entering!