Pogue reviews HP TouchPad: ‘Doesn’t come close’ to Apple’s iPad

“H.P. has some nerve coming out with a tablet now — especially because the biggest distinguishing component is its operating system. It’s WebOS, a variation of the software that runs the Palm cellphones (the Pre, Pixi and so on) — but it’s new to tablets,” David Pogue reports for The New York Times.

“Which means, of course, that there aren’t many apps for it yet. How many is ‘not many?’ Well, 300,” Pogue reports. “(H.P. points out, however, that there are even fewer for Android tablets, even after several months: only 232.)”

MacDailyNews Take: Two wrongs do not make an iPad.

“Now, from a hardware-checklist perspective, the TouchPad doesn’t get off to a good start,” Pogue writes. “It’s the same size as the iPad, but it’s 40 percent thicker (.75 inches thick) and 20 percent heavier (1.6 pounds) — a bitter spec to swallow in a gadget you hold upright all day long.”

“It supposedly has a blazing-fast chip inside, but you wouldn’t know it,” Pogue writes. “When you rotate the screen, it takes the screen two seconds to match — an eternity in tablet time. Apps can take a long time to open; the built-in chat app, for example, takes seven seconds to appear. Animations are sometimes jerky, reactions to your finger swipes sometimes uncertain.”

Pogue reports, “WebOS also plays Flash videos on the Web, though sometimes jerkily. Android tablets can do that but, the iPad can’t. (‘We’re not afraid of the Web,’ cracks a TouchPad product manager.)”

MacDailyNews Take: You will be after you get done reading TouchPad reviews, moron.

Hey, you shoved Adobe’s antiquated Flash in there (even though your fake iPad can’t deal with it reliably), so where’s the floppy drive, Luddite?

Pogue reports, “In this 1.0 incarnation, the TouchPad doesn’t come close to being as complete or mature as the iPad or the best Android tablets; you’d be shortchanging yourself by buying one right now…”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Again, people don’t want half-assed prototypes, they want iPads.

“In the tablet world we’re going to become better than number one. We call it number one plus.” – Eric Cador, HP Senior Vice President, Personal Systems Group – Europe, Middle East and Africa, May 23, 2011

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. some people naturally assume that apple staffers like Jon rubinstein moving somewhere like HP can ALWAYS work miracles. Look at the excitement of Ron Johnson’s move to JC Penney.

    But perhaps it’s Apple’s environment (under S. Jobs) that allows great talent to flourish. Remember Jony Ive couldn’t even sell a design for a flush toilet to a client (the guy – supposedly an a*s ripped the design to impress his managers) before Apple and Jobs.

    Could Picasso have become an icon if he was born and stuck in a cod fishing village in the artic instead of living in thriving art world of Paris where he had rich patrons and friends like Matisse? Sure Picasso would have become the best whale bone carver on the island but would he have become P-I-C-A-S-S-O and make art history? (what I’m saying is that environment , in our case Apple, counts)

    I have a stinky suspicion that the entrenched corporate minded HP managers with turf to protect probably didn’t exactly welcome Rubinstein the ‘guy from the fruit company’ with open arms. Look at Microsoft where the powerful Office and Windows desktop managers crippled Windows mobile for years (win ce, Kin, Zune, Danger, Pink etc didn’t have full support) — now Windows DESKTOP instead of Win Mobile is going into tablets…

  2. HP is a company with resources. I know they must have felt compelled to release their 1.0 tablet product as soon as possible, but they should have waited until it was ready (and taken the hit), because what they released was their 0.9 product.

    It is Wi-Fi only (the majority of iPads sold are WiFi+3G). It has a lot more interior volume, yet it’s battery life is significantly worse than iPad. The OS and hardware still seems to need further optimization; even the original iPad is far superior.

    Of course, if they wait, their current design will become obsolete. And THAT is the dilemma of the iPad copycats. Release before the product is ready and meet with media ridicule. OR, wait until Apple raises the bar again and obsoletes your product even before it is released. In this case, HP seems to have done BOTH.

  3. (‘We’re not afraid of the Web,’ cracks a TouchPad product manager.)

    And you’re clearly not afraid of having Adobe’s crappy Flash Player deep-six the reputation of your product, either.

    We now have three tablet OS’s – Google’s, RIM’s and now HP’s – proving that Flash has no place on a mobile device. Pretty sure all three of them will drop it the moment Adobe stops paying them to push it.

  4. Do you know what is wrong with the HP TouchPad? It’s not the TouchPad weakness per see, but it’s HP loss of its creative juice. HP was once a great company; in fact, it was one of the grandest of granddaddies of tech? But it decided that taking the shortcut route is best for its bottom line. It decided to fawn over Microsoft in order to get a leg-up on the competition. It wanted to be the most favored concubine in the Microsoft harem. In fact HP and Dell were the favorite concubines of Microsoft because they often got the best treatment from Microsoft. In the end HP became too servile to Microsoft’ featherbedding that it gave up its independence to do its own thing.

    Lately, HP tries to wean itself off Microsoft’s largesse. It’s a bold act but it will take time to regain its vitality.

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