For those mourning the use of stylus and other input mechanisms–other than one’s own finger–on modern day capacitive touchscreen devices from phones to tablets, fret not as HP is expected to release its PalmPad tablet–an homage to the PalmPilot–with its webOS acquisition. It’s unclear though whether a digital pen–like those employed by Wacom on more expensive Windows 7 rigs–will be included in the box, but such pens are speculated to work with the PalmPad.
The rumored digitizer compatibility is significant in that it will help HP and Palm compete against the iPad. In normal mode, the PalmPad has a capacitive screen, like the iPhone and iPad, but combining capacitive touch with a pen may make webOS more of a productivity tool. We’ll have to see how HP will position the webOS PalmPad against smaller tablet-like smartphones, like the Dell Streak, and larger full-tablet offerings running Windows OS in its own lineup. Could a OneNote-like inking app be making its way to webOS?