07/02/2011, 06:31 PM
So, I had to see for myself, first, after the disasters that the reviewers videos showed (the hanging QuickOffice opening, looping screen rotation, lags, etc..), and then seeing the members here who were able to get their hands on a demo or their actual ordered units posting, almost unanimously, that there were no such issues.
I won't make this long, and I will get right to the point, for those of you who want the short version of my experience, read these next 3 paragraphs and move on:
This is one slick device, and this particular demo unit (with its twin sister on the other side of the display), was not only fast, but smooth as silk in operation. NO lags, whatsoever, and I promise you, as a WebOS user, I really beat this thing up: I simultaneously opened 2 games, QuickOffice (no docs, though), the email program, the music player (playing a music track), 3 separate web pages (yes, I opened PC on it, with its slow loading ads, and left it on after I left), the demo video that was running on it, and a few of the other apps that were included - about 15 cards, all at the same time...
And, then I swiped, scrolled, opened and minimized cards like crazy for the next 10 minutes, non-stop (I was really lucky no one from BB came over and interrupted me), and, as it would be, not a darn hiccup.
Seriously, not a one. Smooth as silk, like a sled on snow. Later on, after this, I immedately went over to the Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom, and the iPad2, and one other smaller tablet (much less known, forgot the name), and only the TP and iPad2 sompared to one another, speed and smooth-wise (they were, exactly on par with eeachother, IMO, which is a compliment to the iPad2, because its CPU is technically clocked much slower than the TP's).
QuickOffice took about 7 seconds to open, and it was the readable version only.
Videos AND Flash was exceptionally smooth, and when Flash was on a web page, pinch to zoom worked flawlessly with it, never showing any weaknesses.
The browser was very smooth scrolling, and, I had to scroll really REALLY fast to get checkboards appearing, just like on the iPad2.
The screen, even though only 18 bit, was sharp and very vibrant, with good contrast. I didnt get to place the TP next to the iPad2, as they were not near eachother, and connected by security wires to their displays, so I can't give a comparison of the display quality, but, they appear to be equal, as was the Playbook and the Galaxy Tab (the Playbook is quite the device, almost as smoothe as the TP and iPad2, but, with that small screen, its got a smaller load to deal with, so its not apples to apples.
The sound.. geez... all I can say is you have to hear it for yourself - Beats DOES make a difference.. it stands out as the best sound on any tablet out there that I saw - still not like a real stereo, but so much clearer and you almost don't even need to connect speakers to it to enjoy listening to it. I bet, with a headset, it would be an incredible experience.
The extra thickness over the iPadx is not really noticable to me.. because they tapered the edges so much - its NOT a brick, by any means.
What I did NOT like:
-Losing the typical WebOS gestures (swiping left to right) really bothered me as I navigated around.. when in an app, I really need to swipe left to go to the previous page, and it felt awkward to me to use a "back" button..
-Swiping up is great, but, for me, it was a bit unresponsive and innaccurate at times, as the gesture sometimes resized a picture or scrolled a web page, instead.
-The background images; seriously? Is that the best there is? HP, hire some talented graphic artists and put some mindblowing graphics on there to show that screen off!
I'm so NOT a tablet guy... really - these things for me are mere toys, and fun, but, I have no need for them. I have played with many to see what the big deal is, and, for me, its just not in the cards, but, as far as devices go, there is no question that the top two are the TP and iPad2, with the Playbook a close third (gotta love that WebOS emulation they did there).
Having said the above, I do wonder just how good the TP will be once the GPU enhancement OTA update arrives.
Pics below, taken with my Pre+, and then software reduced and optimized.