I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a dreamer.
When HP bought Palm and set out to make their vision of a Tablet I secretly hoped they’d get out the HP pixie dust and make something magical to truly show they could compete with the Apple iPad.
Well the HP TouchPad has shipped for a week now and my abject disappointment at how little HP pixie dust was sprinkled on it has abated enough for me to hopefully coherently recount my secret hopes for the device.
Who knows, maybe an HP engineer will read them, convince an HP Manager “Hey, that would be a great idea!” and they’ll add it.
The main feature I wanted: HP Color Tablet Printer.
I wanted my HP TouchPad to have a button somewhere that could be pressed and the HP TouchPad would valiantly launch upon the local Wifi network and offer to all interested parties: Hey, I’m an HP TouchPad Color Printer!
In my dreams this would be one of the HP ePrinter devices and things like iPad’s could then discover it and print to it with no device drivers. My Apple Macbook Air could similarly discover it and automatically configure to print to it.
I’d then be able to print from any application on the iPad or Macbook Air and thus share documents to the HP TouchPad. I could then carry them around, view them and print them to other HP TouchPad’s or HP Printers that the TouchPad could print to.
Call me a dreamer but I figured this was a lead pipe cinch for a feature since if you’re out to school Apple in making Tablets you better lean on your core technological prowess to bring your A-Game to the competition right?