There has been a lot of tablet PCs that have been released after the first gen iPad made its grand debut more than a year ago. There has been some disappointment, too, of perhaps equally grand scale like when Microsoft culled the dual screened Courier tablet device notwithstanding the huge fan base the tablet enjoyed. However, none perhaps scripted as interesting a story line as the HP TouchPad which continues to make it to the headlines even after having been discontinued.
In fact, what makes the entire TouchPad saga all the more interesting is the way things turned out for the 7 inch version of the same. The smaller sibling to the 10 inch sized TouchPad never got to be seen in flesh and blood and all that we got to know of it was through a leak while it made its first appearance at the FCC. Almost two months down the line and we are faced with another FCC leak which has brought the TouchPad Go to focus once again though by this time, the TouchPad life cycle has already come a full circle. HP has washed its hands clean of all hardware based on WebOS, the mobile operating system platform that it has bought and worked upon for almost a year. However, since it takes some time for the gadgets submitted at the FCC to get the necessary clearance, the same is equally applicable to the TouchPad Go too so that by the time its on the other end of the FCC, HP boffins has already pulled the plug on it.
So in a strange twist of fate, while an appearance at the FCC site would mean its impending arrival on the US tech scene, we are all too aware nothing of that sort is going to take place this time. Also, that is not stopping us from speculating the current TouchPad Go version to be a Wi-Fi only model since we have already seen the 3G version of it making it past the FCC during early August.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email