HP TouchPad vs Apple iPad 2
Back in 2009 when the Palm Pre came roaring out of the gates hoping to find itself as a noteworthy competitor to Apple’s iPhone, there were some people adamant about seeing webOS succeeding in making itself an established mobile platform. As we all know by now, it didn’t quite end up that way seeing that Palm’s portfolio failed to capture the attention of consumers – while during the same span, the iPhone’s momentum seemed almost undisrupted. Well, we’re witnessing the same kind of showdown once again now that the HP TouchPad is on the scene sporting the rejuvenated webOS 3.0 experience. Starving to throw itself into the thick of battle, the iPad 2 has shown itself time after time as timeless strong competitor, but it’ll nonetheless be interesting to see how the two stack up against one another – thus giving bragging rights to one in the end.
When looking at the two head on, it’s almost difficult to tell them apart without meticulously looking at them closely since they share the same black bezel surrounding their displays. However, that’s where the similarities all end because the iPad 2 considerably employs a lot of polished elements to its design versus the TouchPad – even more when the two are priced evenly at $500. On one hand, we undeniably prefer the iPad 2’s impressively thin construction, premium choice materials, and solid feel. It’s not to say that the TouchPad isn’t good looking, but rather, it doesn’t have the refined qualities to make it more alluring between the two. In fact, not only does it sport a less desirable plastic rear cover, but it’s also surprisingly heavier and larger looking as well. At the same time, the iPad 2’s brushed aluminum rear casing enables it to look clean, whereas the TouchPad is a magnet for fingerprints.
Indeed, it’s rather difficult not to believe that the two tablets are identical twins especially when they feature identically sized 9.7” IPS displays with 1024 x 768 resolution, and 4:3 aspect ratio. Needless to say, they boast the same pixel density to provide plenty of decently looking details. Additionally, color production with the two is on the natural side without appearing to be overly saturated – and it definitely helps that colors retain their vibrancy thanks to their great viewing angles. However, the iPad 2’s display is noticeably brighter in output and convincingly makes the TouchPad’s screen dimmer in tone. Of course, we have better luck in viewing the display of the iPad 2 in outdoor settings with the sun present.
HP TouchPad’s physical home button actually doubles as the tablet’s LED light notification system, which is conveniently nice to see when it’s completely powered off. Regardless, the home buttons of both are sufficient in size and responsive when pressed.
Likewise, we find front-facing cameras on board with both to allow video chat using their respective services, but the TouchPad’s 1.3-megapixel camera is only reserved for that and nothing else! Meanwhile, the iPad 2’s VGA 0.3-megapixel camera can be used to shoot self-portraits and videos as well.
Equally, their volume rockers are spaciously sized and prominent to make out, but we find the addition of a vibrate switch with the iPad 2 very complementary since it easily allows us to mute it at an instant.
Positioned in the top right corner of both tablets, we actually prefer the slightly more prominently feeling power button of the iPad 2 – though, both exhibit acceptable clicky responses.
Physical home buttons
The HP TouchPad (bottom) and the Apple iPad 2 (top)
Much more preferred than anything else, we’re relieved to find HP sticking with a microUSB port for data syncing and charging, whereas, you know that the iPad 2 relies on the proprietary 30-pin connector.
3.5mm headset jacks
Ports for data and charging
The HP TouchPad (bottom) and the Apple iPad 2 (top)
1. PimpStrong (unregistered)
This is a blatent rip but it doesn't matter because its not Android.
2. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
Why don’t you just face the truth... The iPad is the tablet to beat and it’s an awesome device that has not only a superior design but is factually one of the best OS’s out (open to opinion). Sure there are features of iOS that are missing that could be really cool to see in iOS5.
But its quality over quantity we are talking about. Android is saturating the market with half-assed tablets where only a small hand full are worth their price. You can’t go wrong by purchasing an iPad but I can’t say the same for most Android tablets.
8. PimpStrong (unregistered)
You and everyone who gave me thumbs down misunderstood the comment. This(Touch Pad) is a blatant rip(off of the iPad) but it doesn't matter because it's not Android(whom is supposedly such a rip off of iOS).
I highly doubt we're gonna hear anybody bitch about how the Touch Pad's interface and it's body looks like an iPad.
For the record I have an Android phone and an iPad.
9. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
Sorry, I did misunderstand your comment. I wish I could take back the thumbs down on your post. Thanks for clarifying
10. ghost_uwi (Posts: 47; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I prefer the android (HTC) phones to the iphone but I prefer the Ipad to the other tablets. After using the Ipad quite heavily to do work on my thesis it is not without its limitations but what it is able to do it does it exceedingly well.
16. andyota (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Jul 2011)
Well, "have an IPad" justify your bad coment about the Touchpad that; how we can see, you don't know.
Doubt? Because the Touchpad's interface have nothing with the IPad's interface, only the pictures in this site can leave this mistake.
18. Stuntman (unregistered)
You mean how the latest iOS 5 is a rip off of Android?
4. applesauce (unregistered)
iphonearena strikes again!
5. herbie1960 (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 Jan 2011)
It just all depends on what you need, iPad suits some people while Android and This Hp tablet suit others, it's not a which is better, it's what you need it for, I have an iPad and I love it, it's all I need but I can't say Android tablets suck because they are really extraordinary tablets as well.
6. hello143232 (unregistered)
apple so should sue hp
21. ikkuh (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 May 2011)
sure thats the only thing left when you losing the battle.
7. LXH (unregistered)
why HP touchpad display is so dimmed ???
11. testman22 (Posts: 336; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
Played around with the touchpad at best buy and was extremely disappointed. The hardware is awful. It is overly heavy which usually translates to a more premium/sturdy feel, but not in this case. The size of it leads you to hold it in a position where the edges dig into your hand.
Software wise ut seemed very unintuitive and clumsy. I can see the benefits of the improved multitasking, but it would take a lot of getting use to. Certainly not pick up and go like the ipad.
Can't really see this tablet being successful for any niche or demographic. Its a shame, because I loved web OS, but this was just a poor implementation
20. cm005 (unregistered)
The Best Buy demos of the TouchPad are HORRID. If it's one thing HP hasn't done right, it's the marketing. And for whatever reason, the demo that can't be shut-off on the best buy units make it soooo slow and clunky.
Sure, iOS doesn't have the same number of slight slowdowns and such that WebOS displayed, but it's not nearly as bad is the demo shows. My TouchPad rarely even gets a hiccup. It's fluid and fast.
Oh, and everyone seems to forget that the iPad does ONE THING AT A TIME. So it better be fluid as can be and get better battery life. Of course the TouchPad will get the slightest delay every once in a while when you're running a number of apps.
13. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)
It's a shame it runs webOS... if this was an Android device I would be all over the TouchPad. Not interested in another webOS device. I'll admit, I'm still bitter over the Legacy device lies HP/Palm told owners of the Pixi and Pre Minus... I need to get over it, but I haven't yet. I have a feeling it's too little too late for webOS, too bad because it's not bad. Not as good as Android but better than iOS.
14. xoomtoapple (unregistered)
I have tried the HP..... the xoom is much better and it also just dropped to 499 and it's 32gb.....
However as much as I'd hate to admit it the I pad 2 is a far better device than any android device.... (at this time) I am returning my xoom for ip2 mainly due to 3g without a contract.... can't beat it.... however I will miss flash.
15. andyota (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Jul 2011)
Hey! This is a joke?
When is in IPad 2 favor, ecstasy! When is in TP favor, discretion and apathy minimizing the resources or saying that is equivalent to IPad 2, what is not true.
The ToucHPad screen is very dimmed in this pictures!
Unfortunately, I cannot imagine that is a serious comparison, there is no impartiality... :-/
Until today, I has other concept from Phone Arena... :-(
17. ArmageddonX (Posts: 96; Member since: 11 May 2011)
Love the 4:3 aspect ratio's on these. I wish some of the larger Android Tablet manufacturer's would make them like this. At least a few models.
19. cm005 (unregistered)
One of the better comparisons definitely, but you missed a few very important features I think:
1. Everyone goes on and on about the iPad 2's thinness, but nearly every reviewer leaves out the thicker Touchpad design is due to the inductive coils necessary for wireless charging. One of the coolest features of the Touchpad is the TouchStone charge and Exhibition. You didn't even mention Exhibition and the door that leaves open for developers.
2. Camera and Photos app: You mention the TouchPad lacking a rear camera, but honestly, who is going to take pictures with the rear camera on a tablet. It is truly idiotic. At the same time, everyone carries a camera phone with them at all times. The TouchPad's photo app pulls in your albums for all your online sources (ex: facebook). You take a picture with your camera phone, immediately upload it to facebook and in a matter of seconds, the photo appears in your TouchPad's photo app.
3. You did not mention the Touchpad's realizable keyboard. It can be sized at small, medium, large, and extra large to fit a wide variety of hands and also show more screen space when needed.
4. You INCORRECTLY said you can not multi-select messages on the Touchpad. That is not true. There is a multi-select button that you can press and then proceed to tap whatever messages you want to select.
5. Also with email, you neglect to mention that the TouchPad's email app is much more functional, especially when it comes to attaching files to a message. This feature is missing in iOS, but you can attach whatever file you like to your email message in the TouchPad.
6. You mention connectivity, but you completely left off the fact that the TouchPad can connect via bluetooth to any WebOS phone to both make and receive calls as well as text messages.
Honestly, there's plenty more, especially if you want to start discussing the homebrew support provided by HP, but that's a touchy topic for some.
Sure the iPad is a great device. But if you need to be productive vs. just being the casual media consuming consumer, then the TouchPad is worth every Penny. Plus, the prices are dropping.
22. flirt135 (unregistered)
watch the video and it doesn't seem to have any difference at the user's experience between the two. the responsiveness is not much of a factor with a difference of a micro seconds. in my opinion, touchpad is a way better than ipad2 when performance and functionality is concerned.
23. Reader4knowledge (unregistered)
Just goes to show that the author for this article was either lazy in his review of both iPad 2 and TouchPad or ignorant of all the features that were mentioned by the reviewer cm005 in his feedback. How could you have mistakenly left out so many cool features the TouchPad offers? I'm no TouchPad fan as I own a iPad 2 and I work for a competitor company of HP, but if I want to read a good review I want to hear it all so that I can gauge the actual quality of the devices going head to head. You leaving out important information for the TouchPad leads me to believe this website is not that professional in their reviews. Therefore, I will not be taking it seriously when I read articles posted from PhoneArena until proven otherwise.
24. kellybl131 (Posts: 42; Member since: 19 Jan 2009)
Wow, it seems like this article was written by a junior high student who just finished learning about adjectives and adverbs in his basic English class. "Hmmmm, let's see how many words ending in 'ly' we can fit into one review."
25. chezzitstealer (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
stop comparing things to the iPad its pissing me off! i mean sure the iPad turned the table for tablets put its a giant iPod!! i mean come on do you see a derferance no i don't and neither do you you just keep hidding behind your apple logo. you only like it because its a brand so STFU!!