04/20/2011, 07:51 PM
I know there are other threads like this, as well as reviews, but I thought I'd add my 2 cents in since I have used each one of these devices (except for the Touchpad) for at least a week.
I work at Staples (sucks I know) and we started selling the Xoom as well as the Playbook recently and will soon get the Acer and then the Touchpad when they are released.
I started using the Xoom pretty much everyday and it's everything I expected and a little bit more. I HATE Android. I bought an Evo in October when my father wanted my Pre (bought it on launch day and replaced it twice). I've been using the Evo ever since and cannot stand Android. I love the hardware, but Android is a bug ridden OS that is WAY behind webOS and very inferior. I can break that down more, but I digress and just wanted to set my basis for you all.
The Xoom is more than I imagined because Android 3.0 had a nicer UI, it was super smooth, and the UI reminded me a bit of webOS. Then I remembered that the webOS UI designer was with Google now. It shows in terms of the UI. Now does this equate to something I want? Hell no. It still has bugs (which Engadget has agreed with), still way behind webOS in terms of multi-tasking and doesn't really have any uses (this is true for all non-Windows tablets however). For a regular consumer that just wants to use the Xoom as a content consumption device, go for it if you want because it's smooth and does just that fine, but I want something more for that $699.99 price tag.
The Playbook I had to set this up about a week ago for our Tuesday launch and have been messing around with it ever since, but I HAD to stop. It's sluggish (although and update today made it a tad smoother), the transitions are nice, but not efficient and smooth (webOS deals with this much better), and you can't do ANYTHING besides web browsing as of right now (essentially). Why do I say that? It has what seems like under or around 50 apps (50!!!!) and I read that the SDK has not been released yet. That's absurd. Now, they said there is a solution to the number of apps (look-up what they said about Android apps conversion, just like what Palm did in terms of the PDK), but it doesn't help with people that want it now. The Playbook also does not have video conferencing yet, but they said that would be coming soon (but again doesn't help). I didn't mention Bridge, because it's pointless. HPalm's Touch to Share takes hold of this idea and does it MUCH better from what I've seen.
I want to also say that the Playbook is obviously not meant for the the regular consumer like the Xoom is. The Playbook is meant for the business user that needs to do access business content on the go, and that is very apparent at the size and weight of the hardware (which I unexpectedly, absolutely loved). The drawbacks are NO CALENDER CLIENT, no contact client, and unexpectedly complicated and inefficient OS (that obviously attempted to copy and webOS and failed hard). I just hate the Playbook and would buy the Xoom over the Playbook in a heartbeat and can't see any reason to suggest a Playbook over the Xoom. I really can't. The hardware formed a niche that the OS (QNX), cannot fulfill.
Now on to the TouchPad! Obviously I haven't used it yet, but I've read about it and used its competitors and am now super excited. HP is spreading webOS to printers, computers, phones and tablets! That's FULL RANGE! That's insane and I'm super excited for it. Every area that the tablets I mentioned failed in, the TouchPad aims to succeed in and create its own market. I don't have the money, but I am seriously considering the TouchPad. I do wish it weighed less, but webOS on the TouchPad has so many uses compared to the Xoom and Playbook that it's just ridiculous. Let me use my webOS printer to seamlessly and quickly print with my TouchPad while I quickly transfer my open cards on my phone to my TouchPad so I can finish doing what I'm doing. Let me stream my automatically cloud-synced music and utilize the Beats Audio power.. You know what? I feel like playing Angry Birds too. Let me go ahead and update my facebook status to tell everyone what I'm up to with Just Type. You know what? Let me do this ALL AT THE SAME TIME WITHOUT LOSING ANYTHING!
Crap. I don't have enough time to turn the TouchPad on to look something up and my phone doesn't have a big enough screen to read it quickly and easily. Oh you know what? I can just press this button right here and look-up what I need to and have the TouchPad booted up in only a few seconds (I don't know how long it would take, but I think it would be around 10 seconds) with the new HP INSTANT-ON technology! Did I mention I'm excited?
If you want to get excited, check this out HP TouchPad | Staples and read all of it.