The much-anticipated HP TouchPad tablet finally made its way into stores in the United States today, bringing with it a catalog of around 300 tablet-specific apps. Of all the apps that are available for the TouchPad, which is the first WebOS tablet, many are productivity applications and games. Finding TouchPad apps is said to be far simpler than it is on Android-run devices, but maybe not as foolproof as it is on the Apple iPad.
As Sascha Segan over at pcmag.com recently noted, the TouchPad tablet’s app catalog has a unique and intriguing feature called Pivot, an ‘app discovery magazine that features articles written by professional journalists seeking applications that might not necessarily show up on the new or top lists. A lot of the apps in HP’s app catalog are paid ones, with prices similar to what you would pay for an iPad app.
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The guys at pcmag.com combed through the entire HP app catalog, and provided a list of what they believe are the best HP TouchPad apps so far. One application that most definitely deserves a mention is of course Angry Birds HD, which is free to download, smooth and plays on full screen. If however you become addicted and you decide to upgrade to Angry Birds Rio HD, then you will be asked to fork out $1.99.
You’ll also find a Facebook app for the TouchPad, which is only the second tablet to have a dedicated Facebook app. Although we have heard that the iPad is due to receive an official Facebook app very soon. The HP TouchPad version includes a number of unique features including a two-pane interface that enables users to easily flip between their news feed, events, friends and messages.
If you are looking for a weather-related app, then WeatherBug is definitely one worth considering. The interesting part of this app is that it will open up with a virtual window showing users a recent picture of their location. WeatherBug will also provide users with forecasts, radar images and information on wind speed and direction. If you enjoy reading, you’ll be pleased to know that the TouchPad comes with the Kindle app.
However, if you are looking for a good racing game, then look no further than the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit app. Just like with all other versions, the app will enable you to either pursue illegal drivers as a cop or try to evade the police as a racer. Meanwhile, TuneIn Radio is the perfect app for music lovers. The app will automatically gather streams for all radio stations in your area and arrange them along a virtual FM/AM spectrum.
You can read what other applications made it onto the list via the pcmag.com website. Have you purchased the HP TouchPad tablet?