07/01/2011, 06:13 AM
My Review of Touchpad Reviews
I read many of the TP reviews- Precentral, Engadget, Ars Technica, This is my Next, BGR, etc.
Mind you, I have not used a touchpad. *But based on all these reviews, here is the gist of my thoughts on these reviews.
no doubt everyone comments on how thick the TP is compared to some of the competitors. *MY TAKE: who really cares? *Majority of people don't have tablets, so it doesn't make a difference. *Go back and read reviews on the original iPad- did all these reviewers complain about how thick it was? *NO! *Yes, the TP design is a year behind the ipad 2 and galaxy tab 10.1, but who cares- the first version of both of those were similarly thick. *Non-issue, for me atleast, just as it was a non-issue when the first ipad was released.
There are some key missing features like the rear camera and HDMI output, but I think these are minor when you think about how most people will be using tablets anyways. *I do think HP will add these features on future tablets, and there may be a need for these later, but I don't think its a killer deficiency.
Re: the plastic feel and fingerprint magnet, I think this was a poor decision by hp- and a bit baffling, esp how seemingly well built the pre2, veer, and Pre3 are- with the soft touch backing. *I agree with the reviewers here. *HOWEVER, most people will put some kind of cover/case on the TP, making it again, a non-issue.
My biggest gripe, and it is software. The only reviews that count here are precentral's and webosroundup's, because the reviewers here use webos as their daily driver, not for review purposes intermixed with various other devices with competing OS'.*
There is lag- calender, facebook, messaging, email, contacts, the web browser. We can't blame the hardware anymore folks. Its NOT a problem with the hardware, as I believe the TP's processor and memory are way more than adequate....they're top notch. *And its not a case by case situation- even people playing with it at walmart before its release hinted at the laginess. This has persisted from webOS 1 to 2 and now to 3. *It is a problem with webOS. *I don't know why- perhaps because web languages are inherently slow? (I'm not a developer so I have no clue). Because webOS is constantly syncing when you open an app (the constant syncing on my 2.1 email app when I open an email acct, for example is infuriating)? *Who knows...I am seeing on the forums that a "software update" is coming to fix some of these problems asap, anywhere from one to a few weeks after launch. *But lets see it actually happen.
Look, its been over 2 years since webOS' launch, and I have full faith HP will fix many of these software lags shortly...but my biggest issue then is...why in the world did they release review units with buggy software? *It makes no sense as now these reviews are out that all possible future customers will read, and will put a damper on touchpad sales. *All the reviewers suggest getting an ipad2 or galaxy tab instead until the TP is more mature.
Doesn't HP have enough people internally testing the software to have noticed all these bugs and lags? *Really? *HP/ Palm GBU needs to improve their internal quality control over the software before releasing it out into the public. *
Re: the Apps, I think in the long term it will be a non-issue. *Now that HP has built it, and released it thru many different outlets, the app numbers will steadily improve. *Not a big problem here. *
Personally, I can't justify the funds needed to purchase a TP right now, and these reviews did not help. *Its still a luxury device that hasn't gotten luxury service by HP...yet. *Hopefully with the software updates it will improve. *My priority right now is to get the Pre3...I just hope HP is fixing all the software bugs on webOS 2.x versions before releasing it into the wild.