If you want to see what real multitasking is like on a tablet, take a gander at HP’s new TouchPad demo video below, which shows off the WebOS-powered slate’s ability to juggle multiple apps with ease.
The video also gives us our first glimpse at the TouchPad’s enterprise appeal by showing off Citrix Receiver, an application that works inside the TouchPad’s browser and provides access to Citrix-powered applications and virtual desktops via enterprise networks.
As I’ve written previously, the TouchPad’s multitasking capabilities put the iPad 2 to shame (although the same has been true of WebOS versus the iPhone OS for some time). This demo drives home the massive gap in multitasking capabilities between HP and Apple’s platforms — moving between the TouchPad’s applications is far more fluid and reminiscent of a desktop computing platform. Using iOS, on the hand, still feels like a dumbed-down computing experience.
The TouchPad’s Citrix capabilities are also worth highlighting for HP, as it definitely wants a slice of the enterprise tablet market. The video shows off AutoCAD being run in the cloud — and while it’s nowhere near as smooth as a powerful laptop or desktop computer, the functionality may be good enough to show off 3D models, or make some quick edits, while on the go.
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