So, you use your Android tablet to serve media to your tv from Google Movies through via hdmi cable. Ok. Seems like a very limited segment of the market that would need a tablet for this function. That's not to say that it's not good/nice that you can do that but it does nothing to change my mind that it's a niche application.
Originally Posted by Steph3n
Maybe I'm still old-fashioned, but I see a tablet like a tv, as an end-use device. A tablet gives me mobile browsing/content consumption. I'm not getting a tablet to use as a media server. I have a home media server to use for my media server - which means that if I want to stream a movie, it goes through my server. Absolutely no need for my tablet to get involved, unless my tablet is the end-use device.
Tablets are perfect for travelling. Now I wish I was travelling often to take advantage of the TouchPad!
Now also on my android tablet it does DLNA for wireless media streaming, that works well. Touchpad missed the mark on all these, but still for the $250 or less prices it is a good deal.
Personally I use my tablet regularly while flying for word processing and spreadsheets, it is an incredible in flight use, as laptops just don't make sense in flight. the lack of quickoffice with edit/other office product makes the touchpad less usable for me there.
Lack of office editing hurts, that's for sure. I don't know how we got to this point, having been promised native webOS document editing for 3 years with still no delivery. This is a much more relevant complaint than the HDMI-out thing, since office users will vastly outnumber those who want to use HDMI out.
It's tough, I have to admit that with other tablets shipping with features that HP should have at least matched them. On the other hand, those features are really only relevant to a small portion of the overall market, and Android tablets need to match each other because they're running essentially the same operating system, so it's obvious that if an Android tablet were to ship without a feature that it would be at a distinct competitive disadvantage.