Apple may not have been the first to bring the tri-fold tablet cases to market, but they were certainly the first to make them popular. In fact, the first one we saw was the Convertible Magazine Jacket for the original iPad. HP is becoming the latest bandwagon jumper with a new case, mimicking this same design.
HP’s tri-fold case bends and folds in the same manner as Apple’s Smart Cover, contorting itself into a stand for viewing or into a slight incline to make typing more comfortable. This copycat case does lack some of the elegance of Apple’s case. Instead of adhering with a slim-profiled magnet, it is integrated into a full and bulkier case.
The other feature that HP’s case doesn’t have is the ability to instantly wake the device upon opening and put it back to sleep upon closing. Most people agree that this is one of the largest advantages of the Smart Cover, making it quick to pull your device out and have it ready to work in a moment –and in turn, shut it down and be on your way.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Apple should feel very good right now.
The HP TouchPad is the latest player to the tablet game, following on the heels of the recent release of the BlackBerry Playbook. They will try to compete with the current market big-boys, the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Motorola Xoom. There is currently no firm release date for the TouchPad, though expectations and speculations are that it will be available very soon.