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Hands on with the HP TouchPad and WebOS [Video]

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Hewlett-Packard, the world's leading computer manufacturer, has officially entered the consumer tablet game with the release of its HP TouchPad.

After two generations of Apple's iPad and dozens of tablets from other PC and consumer electronics makers, running on Google's Android software, HP hit the scene last week with the TouchPad running WebOS -- the mobile operating system developed by Palm, which HP took over for $1.2 billion more than a year ago.

The TouchPad is clearly gunning for the iPad with a same-size screen (9.7-inch display with a 1024-by-768 pixel resolution) and a price equal to the iPad ($499 for a 16-gigabyte wi-fi-only model and $599 for a 32-gigabyte wi-fi-only model). TouchPads running on 3G cellular networks, and maybe some other colors than black, are coming later in the year.

So how does the TouchPad stack up against the major players in Apple, Samsung and others? Check out our hands-on video below:

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Image: L.A. Times tech reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles playing Angry Birds on the HP TouchPad. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh/Los Angeles Times

 
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