08/27/2011, 04:20 PM
First post, probably will see more of me. I am a lucky one who happened to get a Touchpad and finally have had a chance to play with it last night and this morning and wanted to write about my initial impressions with the touchpad and webOS.
First off, touchpad is still stock as I have not updated it nor overclocked it yet. Even without that being done my initial reaction is really favorable. This thing rocks, i've never been an apple fan but do currently use an iphone4 and ipad2 which I just bought a few weeks ago. I've always liked apple design and form factor for their computers but could never justify the cost when comparing specs to PCs. As far as the touchpad, so far I have found the webOS very intuitive and a much more agreeable UI than ios on the ipad2 which as many have complained is a glorified iphone.
1. Multitasking, is an awesome feature which I don't think I'll be able to live without. Its great to be able to save a click and swipe or two to bounce back and forth between apps.
2. Browser so far seems superior than Safari. The transition during swipes is not quite as smooth as the iPad2 but from what I have read that can improve drastically with a few tweaks.
3. Screen resolution is as good as the ipad2.
4. Touch responsiveness is just as good as the ipad2. I like the little indicator that pops up where I just touched in case I'm off a bit.
5. Fonts are nice, clear, and modern.
6. Apps are not nearly as limited as led to believe. There seems to be a good amount of webOS apps. One thing I've learned with owning both the iphone4 and ipad2 is that the whole thing about quantity of apps for a tablet is somewhat mute. what is the point of having an app for a company like Kayak, or Bank of america, or Amazon, just to name a few when with the increased size of the tablet it is just as easy to go to the website. With the small form factor of the phone i can see the benefit of an app but with a tablet I do not think apps are as critical. Their are plenty of exceptions to this of course, like flipboard, productivity apps, but I hope you can figure out my point.
7. Size and feel, ipad wins here, yes its a little lighter, but overall ipad feels better in the hands. The weight is not a big deal as not too often or ever am i holding a tablet with my arms extended.
So, these are just a few opinions and reasons why I'm seriously considering selling my iPad2. I mainly use my ipad while sitting on the couch quickly checking email, surfing the internet, etc. So why do i need to do that with a $500 tablet when the touchpad does it just as well if not better at more than half the cost. (I bought mine for $99 plus $35 for the keyboard at a Best Buy store)
Personally I don't think any tablet is worth $500. I think if this tablet would have been priced $299 for a 16gb from the beginning HP would have been able to give apple a run for their money. I understand that price point is below their cost, but in order for someone to grab a foothold in the market that is the price point that would be needed and they can recoup losses from the app store.