The HP TouchPad review [the competition]

HP TouchPad
By Bla1ze on 1 Jul 2011 10:19 am EDT
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It has been a long year for webOS fans, they've had to watch their beloved Palm brand transition to the hands of HP and for a while there were left wondering what would become of their beautiful OS. They've sat through the launches of the Palm Pre 2 as well as the HP Veer and now, come July 1 they'll be getting their hands on the HP TouchPad.

Over at PreCentral, Derek Kessler has taken the time to write up a Kevin Michaluk sized review of the HP TouchPad and having read through it -- there are quite a few similarities there between the TouchPad and the release of the BlackBerry PlayBook. Both devices, while meeting today's standards for tablet specifications have been met with a lukewarm response. As noted in Derek's review:

The TouchPad’s not a perfect tablet by any stretch of the imagination. It has its faults, but by and large those are correctable missteps, bugs, or omissions on the software front. While no number of software updates can make the TouchPad thinner, lighter, or sprout a rear-facing camera, the hardware is solid and up to the task of whatever you can throw at it. We didn’t even try to break the TouchPad with a Too Many Cards error – we don’t have the patience to figure out how many apps it takes to reach that 1GB RAM ceiling.

While feeling like an OS designed for a tablet, the HP TouchPad at this point still has a few key things missing that are hoped to be corrected through later updates. Sounds a little familiar right? The question of the OS being complete does come up with the consensus being that it could have been a little bit more polished before release.

One key thing HP did try to take care of though was the app selection. In Derek's review he notes that while the HP TouchPad has a system in place to run older third party apps, HP will still have a tough time attracting developers  to their new development platform and apps currently designed to run on the HP TouchPad specifically are limited.

Whether you're just interested in checking out the competition or if you're currently a BlackBerry PlayBook owner looking to see how good the reviews for the HP TouchPad are in comparison to those of the Playbook, I suggest heading on over to PreCentral for the full two-part HP TouchPad review.

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The HP TouchPad review [the competition]

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Here are some of the things that are native with HP TouchPad launch with that are STILL missing from BB Playbook:
Native Calendar
Native Contacts
Native Email
Paired Messages (SMS)
Paired Phone Calls
Skype Calls
Kindle

I think the Blackberry Tablet OS is already more stable even as a version 1.0 (technically 1.0.6.2390) but it still hurts when all the other kids get the expected apps and features that we're still waiting for.

The grass is always greener on the other side. The comments on precentral are very mixed as well... Very similar to what was said about the playbook here. I get the feeling that consumer expectations are just too high because we've placed the ipad on an inflated pedastal. I think we'll need to wait for the next gen tablets from hp and rim before the general public will appreciate the true potential of webos and qnx platforms... Plus I think it'll take that long for hp and rim to stabilize their products.

I believe that those things are coming VERY soon. Probably sometime next week.

The PlayBook still rocks without it.

WTF?
Seriously, WTF?
There is precious little BlackBerry blogging between encouraging BGR by copy and pasting his BS here and regurgitating all the other Chicken Little hysteria.

If I'm interested in a Chevy, I'll go to the Chevy forum. If I'm interested in WebOS, I'll go check out Pre Central on my own without being pointed there.

Are the staff at CrackBerry all jumping ship like a bunch of rats? I see Bla1se has already called dibs on a spot at Pre Central.

"Lighten up Francis!"   - Sergeant Hulka Stripes

 PS   Just to set the record straight, Bla1ze ALREADY blogs for our sister site Android Central.  ;)   Plus he still blogs for us AND is my boss in the Forums as one of our Forum Managers.  (Adam Zeis being the other)

Did you know that most of us are open minded and interested in hearing what's going on outside of our own little world. That, and the fact that CrackBerry and PreCentral are part of the same conglomerate of sites?

QNX still looks more refined, smooth and fast than WebOS. LOVE MY PB!

Hey BTW, has anyone at CB heard about AT&T finally releasing Bridge officially this PM???

+1

Love the PlayBook as well. Love the Bold 9700.
Kevin, don't let your people cah RIM. Lets start talking nice things, otherwise, your RIM viewers will jump ship, and you will have nobody coming to your site. What then?

The Palm OS is actually very good. Their problem was their hardware was really poor, probably due to the fact that they were really hurting for money and were on the ropes financially. I wish them luck and I hope HP's deep pockets help get a good product out there.

I believe Palm OS and QNX, being newer than iOS are actually better than it is. However, RIMM (despite how pissed we get at times at their software) does make awesome hardware. So, it is nice to know what the competition is doing but I'm sticking with my BB Playbook. I really don't care about the native e-mail since I have a Torch but for the larger customer audience it would be helpful.

My Playbook feels great and so far everything about it is pretty awesome. I see cool new apps very frequently and that is nice because the argument that you don't need apps when you can surf the full web is only true when it comes to news and research. For example, the Digital Level, NSF Undercover, etc. are only useful as apps.

I agree with RIMM releasing the tablet with full hardware and then finish polishing the apps and some software later. I did not have to buy an iPad 1 and then get screwed by having the iPad 2 have a camera just because the software was not ready. I think RIMM got it right on this one. All the iPad 1 users got screwed (the iPad 1-already had a slot for the camera but they did not get it.)
The iPad 2 does not have dual stereo speakers like the playbook.
But this is about the HP device so I'll stop there. Suffice it to say, we bb owners actually have an awesome device on the playbook. Not saying it as a fan, which I admittedly am, but just a fact.

iPad 1 ... no camera ... no stero speakers? Boy ... those people got screwed. Why didn't anybody bash apple?

I have close to 10,000 apps on my PlayBook now .... and use them every day. LOL yea right.
I don't need that many apps. I use maybe 3 or 4 on a daily bases.

Love the Bold 9700.

People could also keep talking bad about the iPad cameras and mono speaker(and placement of it). I don't know if they do it on purpose so people are almost forced to upgrade.

Hopefully the Playbook gets another update soon. When I played with one it was awesome. I can't wait to buy one(other priorities right now)

It seems each tablet has its faults at launch. Its not good if its hardware because you can't just send out an update to fix that.

Is it time to marry Web OS/QNX on BB smartphone/tablet hardware and take a bite out of Apple, shortcircuit Droid, and break some Windows? Food for thought...

My sister just got home from England. She wants to show her pics to the family. I was going to tell her to sync to her iPad, then hookup the HDMI to the TV when I realized, "Oh ya... the inflated iPad doesn't have that."

Needless to say, I'm in the middle of copying the files to my PlayBook so the family can enjoy seeing all her pics on a big screen HDTV.

PlayBook +1, love it.

I love BlackBerry however, I must say I am very displeased there are still alot of things I need my PB to do that it STILL doesn't do and RIM needs to fix/add such as:

-After the 1.05 update, the old notifications of the App world show on the left corner of the notification screen
-Blackberry App world –from time-to-time the upgrade button switches location
-Blackberry App World needs an UPDATE ALL button
-Blackberry App world needs to be able to scroll side to side between titles: NEWEST, TOP FREE, TOP PURCHASED Etc...
-Major CODEC compatibility (I'd like to see an app that adds codecs too if possible like K-lite)
-Bridge doesn’t detect media files stored in my phone. It'd be nice if they added the ability to transfer/copy files back and forth as well.
-Bridge doesn't copy/Paste in email
-Can't see/send sms/mms messages
-Needs Swype
-Universal Search like OS6/7
-Turn-by-Turn voice guided GPS (I'd even be willing to pay for an App that can save the maps and updates on the PB as well)
-Spell Checker & add to Dictionary option like my phone.
-File managing for my apps and bookmarks. Be able to rename my bookmarks and arrange them in folders like Windows)
- That "Dot" in Android that easily helps you fix misspelled or change words.
-Native BBM, Calendar, Contacts, Email
- USB hosting to connect external devices like printers, Digital cameras and external Hard drives.
-Camera Zoom when using the video camera
Camera needs to shoot pictures quicker- feels sluggish to take pics
-Yahoo Messenger, Skype and OoVoO- what good is the front facing cam if you can't put it to good use!
- An App to remember my passwords so I don't have reenter them every time into the websites/apps login
-Android Apps as promised
-Ability to Backup the BB Phone to the PlayBook