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    I thought it might be instructive to offer some first impressions in comparison to some other tablets out there.

    Hardware -

    The TouchPad is very solidly built. Buttons all seem very strong and the speakers are better than average. Where the iPad outdoes the TouchPad in volume, the TouchPad bests the iPad in clarity and depth of sound. It really depends on where you plan on using the speakers. If in a crowded room, the TouchPad speakers are adequate. Just don't plan on watching a thinker movie where you have to pay attention.

    The screen is very crisp and bright. I cannot notice any bleed from the back lights at all, unlike a few Android tablets I have seen.

    Software -

    webOS works like a charm. Likely due to the dual core processor, it is a huge change from my aged Sprint Pre. Love the calendars, music player, and the overall layout of the pages.

    Used to have to hack my Pre to label my pages. It's nice to have less things to hack. Haven't really gone the Preware route yet as there are enough differences in the OS to make me pause.

    User Experience -

    This is a big one. Comparing webOS to iOS on a tablet is quite revealing. The two work very well on their prospective hardware. The transition from portrait to landscape and back again are flawless. I couldn't help but draw comparisons to the clunky transitions on nearly every single Android tablet I have used. The Galaxy Tab with Honeycomb is pathetic in comparison.

    My iPad 2 runs a little better, but only just, which is a huge accomplishment for webOS. As a developer, that is monumental.

    My TouchPad app won't be done till late summer or early fall, so I can't say how well it works yet, but I will get there.

    Anyway, overall, the TouchPad is probably going to be the catalyst that spurs Apple on the iPad 3, and that is high praise indeed.
    Last edited by pogeypre; 06/29/2011 at 10:03 AM.
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    When is your full review coming??? love the first impressions. definitely ready for friday.
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    It all depends on whether or not I get a free hour or two to write it.
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    could you compare the native apps (broswer,calander,email) it seems thats what the ipad is weakest at.
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    Some additional notes -

    Harware -

    Totally not digging the glossy fingerprint magnet. It's slippery like an iPhone 4 too. Slides right off my knee to it's doom. Case will help for sure. Oleophobic screen is nice, but nothing keeps peanut butter fingers from leaving streaks.

    Software -

    I do love webOS notifications. I actually love them more on the TouchPad. They do not take up any screen at all. Only issue here is that I forget they are there.

    User Experience -

    Email is awesome. I forgot why I hated the iOS email after using the iPad for so long. Managing accounts on a big screen is very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shingi_70 View Post
    could you compare the native apps (broswer,calander,email) it seems thats what the ipad is weakest at.
    The above is a short review on email. In short, it's very nice.

    Browser - adequate. Truly, iOS does a better job at rendering the page faster, but webOS gets the nod for more functionality.

    Calendar - the iPhone calendar is a joke, but the iPad with its extended look is much better. I would put the webOS calendar on par with the iPad, but give the TouchPad high marks for managing multiple calendars.
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    If you could manage it, try a head-to-head battery test. Here is what I suggest:

    Plug in both devices onto a single power strip until both are fully charged.
    Loop a movie that would work on both devices.
    Set screen brightness to the same level and volume to the same level.
    Unplug the power strip so both devices lose power at exactly the same moment.
    Come back later and see which one dies first.
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    That might be a job for next week.

    But if you want a completely arbitrary look at the battery, I would say the iPad wins. The TouchPad died within the waking hours and the iPad did not.
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    do you have a unit on hand ? how did you got it early?
    If this helped you hit thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post

    Browser - adequate. Truly, iOS does a better job at rendering the page faster, but webOS gets the nod for more functionality.
    .
    Does browser remember passwords? Any obvious syncing function? How is iframe working?

    Is there a file manager?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkhanmd View Post
    do you have a unit on hand ? how did you got it early?
    Borrowing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    Does browser remember passwords? Any obvious syncing function? How is iframe working?

    Is there a file manager?

    Thanks
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    Cookie based ones, yes.

    Not sure what you mean.

    I assume you mean rendering a window within a window in the browser? I can't get the pictures on Pre|Central to come up.

    File management is Just Type and that is all.
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    http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touc...-touchpad.html

    Can you comment on copy and paste and how it's implemented?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post
    ...
    Used to have to hack my Pre to label my pages. It's nice to have less things to hack. Haven't really gone the Preware route yet as there are enough differences in the OS to make me pause.
    ...
    I looked for the ability to add pages on the store demos, and couldn't find it. Possibly it's because the store demos aren't associated with a profile. Where is that setting (and yes, I'm too impatient to wait two more days).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carioca_FL View Post
    http://forums.precentral.net/hp-touc...-touchpad.html

    Can you comment on copy and paste and how it's implemented?
    It works just like iOS. Tap and hold.
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    Echoing would love to know how calendar and tasks work. In my opinion that's something webOS has been weak in but the idea of having my calendar in a tablet is
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post
    Borrowing it.



    Cookie based ones, yes.

    Not sure what you mean.

    I assume you mean rendering a window within a window in the browser? I can't get the pictures on Pre|Central to come up.

    File management is Just Type and that is all.
    Thanks

    oh well, cookie based, i take that as rememering the login sessions, just like original pre. Frankly, thats not enough, and browser is probably most important app on there.

    File manager is important if downloading files were to be a significant function.

    And by syncing, i mean there are many ppl having significant number of bookmarks and other stuff on their desktop browsers, it would be very useful if touchpad can sync those over somehow.

    Touchpad really only has one browser option, they need to do it right.

    We started a thread about the browsers on webOS tablet back in Feb. I wonder how many of those suggestions have been realized now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hparsons View Post
    I looked for the ability to add pages on the store demos, and couldn't find it. Possibly it's because the store demos aren't associated with a profile. Where is that setting (and yes, I'm too impatient to wait two more days).
    I think my sentence was poorly worded. I just liked the existing labels. There is no way I can see to add pages. From a user standpoint, it actually works really well this way. I could use one or two extra though.
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    Can you comment on the size/weight...is it really a detriment? Does the thickness make it better to hold than a slimmer Ipad or Galaxy 10.1?
    Treo 300->Treo 600->Treo 650->Treo 700p-> Palm Pre-> Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (32GB Launch-day Touchpad sustains my webOS need for now)
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    Any chance you have a microUSB to HDMI adapter laying around, just to verify one way or another if it might work?
  20.    #20  
    Quote Originally Posted by clevin View Post
    Thanks

    oh well, cookie based, i take that as rememering the login sessions, just like original pre. Frankly, thats not enough, and browser is probably most important app on there.

    File manager is important if downloading files were to be a significant function.

    And by syncing, i mean there are many ppl having significant number of bookmarks and other stuff on their desktop browsers, it would be very useful if touchpad can sync those over somehow.

    Touchpad really only has one browser option, they need to do it right.

    We started a thread about the browsers on webOS tablet back in Feb. I wonder how many of those suggestions have been realized now.

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    I agree. There needs to be more, but the browser is adequate.

    Cookie based session remembering is good enough for now. I imagine there are more than a few wary people out there who wouldn't want it to remember their passwords should they lose their TouchPad.

    File Manager via Windows works fine. Otherwise, downloading a file and using just type to find it and run it works well.

    Syncing bookmarks would be nice for sure, but certainly not a knock on the overall browser experience.
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