I've been on the fence trying to decide between the Touchpad and the iPad2. It's been frustrating not being able to view the app store or have access to the new facebook app on the touchpad so I've been waiting for the software update to make my decision. I'm one of those people that likes to do a lot of research to see how electronics will function for my use before I take the plunge.
My main uses for the touchpad will be web surfing, facebook, email and chat.
Having chat integrated with the pre3 is a big bonus, or it would be if the Pre3 were availaible--on sprint. The HP rep said it would be coming to Sprint when I rant into him at Bestbuy, but we will see.
I love the way my Pre- handles email and the email app on the touchpad looks great, so I don't have any worries there.
I've heard good things about the facebook app that HP created for the touchpad so that is a plus over the ipad2 as well.
Now here is where the touchpad really shines. The web browser's flash capabilities and printing. I tested out several web pages over the weekend and compared the experience to the iPad2. Try these out for yourself. (I'm in the interior design industry so this would be my main use.)
Gunkelmans Interior Design :: Residential/Commercial
This website is not viewable at all on the iPad2 so it doesn't really exist to an iPad user, but it is at least viewable on the touchpad even though the gallery is not entirely functional.
Welcome to Gabberts | Gabbert's Design Studio & Fine Furnishings
Check out the smoothness and speed of the animation. It works on the iPad2, but looks a lot better on the touchpad.
Bel Air Apartment Sofa - Sofas / Loveseats - Furniture - Products - Ralph Lauren Home - RalphLaurenHome.com
Try clicking on the print icon on the bottom of the page. The iPad2 tries to open another window then goes back to the original and I can't print off a tear sheet. I have to print the entire webpage with extra information. I printed the same page using the touchpad and it printed just the way I wanted.
STICKLEY - Collector Quality Furniture Since 1900
Now this is a big one. I can totally access this room planner using the Touchpad. It's not the most ideal way to create a floor plan, but it sure is a great way to make some minor adjustments or to be able to view plans you have created on your desktop. The program can't even be accessed by the iPad2 because it's all flash. What a dissapointment for me on the iPad2. I know they have an app called LivingRoom that I'd like to see on the touchpad someday, but for now I can use icovia on my desktop and access it on my touchpad for free.
Minneapolis Interior Design | Gallery
You can view the photo gallery on the Touchpad, but not on the iPad.
I just thought I'd share my findings. If you have any other great examples of why flash is so important please share them. I can't believe all of the iPad users are okay without flash. I just feel like I would have to go to my laptop or desktop all the time with the iPad. I wonder when they will make and app for that?