You ask valid questions, and the answer is: It depends on what you want to do with. Well, that is one of the most important questions. The other is: can you afford to try it out for yourself to make that determination. I do not know what things are like where you live, but in the States, people are still clamoring to get these things, so if you do not like it, you can always re-sell it.
Originally Posted by pauljon
In the course if my of my day, I check emails, FB, Amazon, play some music, watch video, maybe do general surfing. I paid $110 before taxes, and I am happy that I did get it. The F/B app is fine with notifications, all the notifications work very well, and this is one of my favorite parts of the TP. Another is the fact that I do not need apps, as I can go to any site -bookmark it, and put it in the launcher just like an app- and when I tap it- it takes me to the FULL site which I prefer. So, I actually use FB in this way.
I have never used Skype.
Videos and music play exceptionally well! I have an iphone - and l love that I can now watch videos on sites other than YouTube!
The browser needs improvement - you can read about the refreshing problem - and I love to be able yo adjust the font size. I have not overclocking and do not plan to do it, and the speeds are fine for me.
I like the support in these forums - I have learned a lot here, and I cannot imagine true to and webOS lovers ever abandoning the rest of us who are just consumers who were looking to cash in on th HP's misfortune.
it is not perfect - but nothing is - and for me this part of the charm. I am also one who invested in a lot of Chinese unbranded mp3 players before ever buying Samsung, Sony, and Sands - As you may or may not know, some consider the Cowan J3 to be the best sounding touch screen mp3 player out there, but read reviews, and you will see that those same people will criticize it for lacking the polish of an iPod Touch. I think the same could be said about the TP and the iPad.
Were someone to offer me one of those product, I might opt for the iPad - not because it is better - I DO NOT LIKE - the walled garden. It is more polished and therefore more convenient, for the average user who does not want to put a whole lot of thought and energy behind completing tasks - And, if course, it is the most catered to tablet - so much of what average users want, they can find on/for it. Would I BUY one - not for more than $150 of my own money.
I did an email notification test while typing this, and it seems that emails from yahoo showed up immediately in the screen - but not ones from hotmail - they all showed up quickly in the app itself.
If you do not need a lot of apps and the most polished tablet experience - the tp is a great buy at the reduced price. Were there certainty that the software would be further developed and polished, it would be a better buy at more money. I would buy it again, for myself. But I would think twice, as it is now - and folks do not expect it to get better- about giving it to one accustomed to iPad sophistication and ease of use - but I do think that the supported to is a much better product.
Go by your needs, money, expectations, and openness to maybe needing to use this community to get and use tasks that might be a whole lot easily accomplished on the iPad, keeping mind the limitations of the iPad itself.
sorry if I have typos and other errors - still getting used to typing on a tablet -
oh charge time seems quick to me. My battery in increased by 17% in about 27 minutes while I have been using it, which is about the same rate of my iphone.
P.S. Let me re-iterate that the browser needs work. I typed all of that on my TP and the common log in in problem that some of us have noted in the forums. I had to email this response to myself, then retrieve it and paste it here. Apparently, there is fix for it. I just have not been able to get it work, yet. As of now, this is my biggest complaint about the TP - It otherwise meets my needs.