07/15/2011, 09:02 PM
Got bored after dinner so I went down to the Best Buy down the street. They had a HUGE banner covering the entire door (sorry, didn't take a pic).
Walked inside, no HP booth like the US Best Buys, just a small tablet booth alongside with the other Android tablets on display, but it was front row center when you see the pile of tablets. No apps were installed on it other than Angry Birds HD.
Everything did feel familiar, I basically just started swiping away.
- For the heck of it I tapped my Veer onto it, nothing happened. The A6s didn't want to talk.
- Adobe Reader: does feel a lot more polished than the (god awful) PDF reader on the phones. I tried one PDF that will crash, didn't seem to do so. I have another PDF I could've tried, but I can't.
- Orientation Lock: I WANT THAT ON MY PHONE! Would be very useful when I'm lying down on my sofa to be able to lock my screen and stop it from rotating.
- Maps: It's Bing Maps now, and does open a lot faster than Google Maps. However the pinch and zoom smoothness still not quite polished.
- Browser: A lot more pages open with (a buggy) desktop view. For starters, GMail did NOT play nice with the browser at all. Tapping on emails would "flash" the keyboard out for no reason, and ended up couldn't open my email to get the other PDF I wanted to test.
- YouTube: It's no longer an actual app, just an icon that launches a dummy card and then a browser on the YouTube page. I wished they would spend more time and develop an actual app. After loading, I think it loads a "light" version of the YouTube browser, so I couldn't change resolution of the video I was playing (supposedly one that has 1080p).
- Speakers: Amazing quality. I cranked it up, no crackling or anything. That's one thing I really liked, the speakers on my sis' iPad was pretty crappy.
Overall, it still could use some polishing, but I can see this being on the market for a while along with the others. However, being a general tablet hater, it has not convinced me to get one, especially how in Canada there are practically no plans to launch the phones (Pre3 doesn't even show up on the HP page and TTS is removed as a feature), it really doesn't have any differentiators to even try to convince me. I'll stick to my trusty ThinkPad X120e.