VPN in a tablet is actually surprisingly important to someone like me based in Singapore. We cannot do a lot of things in Singapore due to the licensing restrictions (hey.. this is a non political blog okie.. :p)… we cannot do Netflix, Hulu, iTunes music and sometimes downloads are slower than when I use a VPN. Most importantly, purchasing books from Amazon Kindle store requires a VPN to pretend you are in United States.
So when I tried VPN last night in the new HP Touchpad, I looked at the VPN almost immediately. I was VERY disappointed at the VPN functionality. There is something called VPNC and then there is something called Cisco AnyConnect. Er.. I dun know what the world are these.. I am a very dumb user.. I only know PPTP and L2TP etc and they are available on the iPhone easily. I am using the excellent Overplay VPN and I could not get the VPN to work with VPNC and Cisco AnyConnect.
It took me all of 3 mins to set it up on the iPhone and here I am struggling on the Touchpad. Was about to give up when I decided to do the logical thing.. search for an app .. So I went to the HP webOS App Catalog.1,2 and to my surprise, a search of the words “VPN” found this… an app issued by HP known as PPTP VPN plug in:
Installing it took less than 1 minute and immediately after that, a new option are available in the VPN screen:
From there, it was an easy set up for me to use it with Overplay HK VPN server (or USA server or Japan server etc..)
And oh yes, the screen shots on this blog is taken the same way in an iPhone. The lock button and the “centre” button at the same time