HP Building a Facebook App for their TouchPad Tablet

The webOS based HP TouchPad tablet will be available for purchase in the U.S. starting next week Friday (July 1). And, according to TechCrunch, it may be the first tablet with a Facebook app tuned for the tablet form factor.

The HP TouchPad Will Come With Its Own Facebook Tablet App (Leaked Pics)

An official Facebook for iPad app was said to be in the queue a few weeks ago but has not yet appeared. Facebook’s Android app scales to fill a Honeycomb tablet display. However, the icons and text are scaled for a phone’s smaller display creating an unsatifying experience on a tablet.

Like the Facebook apps for Windows Phone and BlackBerry Playbook, the Facebook for TouchPad was developed by the platform vendor (HP in this case) and not by Facebook itself.

Will a tablet tuned Facebook app convince consumers to spend $500 (16GB model) or $600 (32GB model) HP TouchPad instead of an iPad? Perhaps not. But, it would be much worse if the TouchPad had not good Facebook window at all. HP needs to lower the price of each model by at least $100 to compete with the iPad.