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HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Interface and Functionality:

Modernized to say the least, both tablets feature dual-core processors that keep them chugging along at a decent rate. With the TouchPad’s 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, it’s able to keep it running at a reasonable rate when it’s cooperating, but there are some stifling performance issues that can sometimes hinder its operation – like inconsistent delays, long app load times, and sluggishness. Sporting the all too usual 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor in use by many other Honeycomb tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is able to operate at a fluid rate in landscape – albeit, there is some choppiness when navigating the homescreen in portrait. Regardless, we find their performance to be more than sufficient to our liking, and despite experiencing some anomalies with their operation, we’re nevertheless still accepting of their output.

Similarities between the two obviously end on the surface, but looking further down to their respective platform experiences, there’s no kidding that the two can be any bit far from one another. Specifically, webOS 3.0 on the HP TouchPad resorts to taking a more conventional approach with its appearance since it plays it safe by sticking with a simplistic and neutral layout. At the same time, webOS 3.0 has a lower learning curve – thus making it relatively easy to comprehend for most people. However, the Android 3.1 Honeycomb appearance is  by comparison far more flashy and futuristic looking with its subtleties – though, coming off as being more complex with its operation at the same time.

Personalization is remarkably more abundant with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with its useful set of widgets, which of course, provides the convenience of having some relevant information on hand through the homescreen. Additionally, it features other practical customizations that astoundingly beautify the experience on so many levels – like its dynamic live wallpapers. Sadly, there isn’t much to expect with the TouchPad’s webOS 3.0 experience seeing that the single personalization aspect found with it is the option to change its background wallpaper.

The webOS 3.0 interface of  HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The webOS 3.0 interface of  HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The webOS 3.0 interface of  HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The webOS 3.0 interface of  HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The webOS 3.0 interface of HP TouchPad


Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Honeycomb on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Honeycomb on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


Even though they offer their own take with multi-tasking, the HP TouchPad incorporates a slightly more sophisticated implementation with its gesture based executions and cards system. In fact, we adore its visual and animated approach when it comes to switching between apps and closing them. Less engaging with its operation, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 employs a stationary approach  with its implementation since we’re greeted with a scrollable listing that displays preview panes of opened apps. On top of that, there’s more work required in closing down apps because unlike webOS 3.0’s quick swipe gestures, we have to go through a bunch of menus before gaining access to Honeycomb’s “Running Services” options.

Multi-tasking on the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Multi-tasking on the 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Multi-tasking on the HP TouchPad

Multi-tasking on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


Presenting us with sizable and roomy on-screen buttons with their respective keyboards, we find the extra row of dedicated numbers with the TouchPad to be a convenience since it streamlines the typing process. However, its performance is plagued by the same issues hindering the operation of webOS 3.0 in general, like random delays in text popping up and erratic unresponsiveness. In our experience, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn’t suffer the same problems, but rather, it’s stable at all times to offer us a tight responsive experience in typing up messages. Not only that, but we find the option to input text via our voice to be an extra noteworthy luxury to catapult it over the TouchPad.

The keyboard of HP TouchPad - 
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 keyboards - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 keyboards - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 keyboards - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 keyboards - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The keyboard of HP TouchPad

Samsung keyboard

Honeycomb keyboard

TalkBack keyboard

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 keyboards


When it comes down to it, the two offer an exceptional organizational experience with their email apps, but all in all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s Gmail experience just throws us with deeper features akin to the need of power users. Specifically, the TouchPad lacks things like the ability to multi-select items and threaded conversations – whereas the Galaxy Tab 10.1 employs those specific features and much more to solidly distinguish itself as being the preferred choice of the two.

The Email app of the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Email app of the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Email app of the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Email app of the HP TouchPad


Email on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Email on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Email on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


Looking at it more meticulously, there isn’t anything drastically different to separate their core organizer apps from one another. In truth, their address books present us with all the common set of information we’d normally expect, but they also manage to tie in links for specific social networking accounts. Likewise, the experience is the same with their calendar apps, but Honeycomb’s calendar manages to better make use of its layout. Regardless of that, the two tablets offer all the same exact functionality in keeping us organized with our appointments.

The Contacts app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Contacts app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Contacts app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Contacts app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Contacts app of HP TouchPad


The Contacts app of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Contacts app of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Contacts app of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


The Calendar app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Calendar app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Calendar app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Calendar app of HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Calendar app of HP TouchPad


The Calendar of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Calendar of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
The Calendar of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Calendar of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1



Internet and Connectivity:

Acquainted with an idyllic web browsing experience on both tablets, thanks partly to their support for Adobe Flash, we’re more than content with their performance in presenting us that desktop-like experience. However, the only difference between the two is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is much faster in rendering complex web pages over its competition with the HP TouchPad. Aside from that, everything else seems to be on par with one another as they exhibit responsive navigational controls. Overall, it’s safe to say that we’re satisfied with their offerings!

Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the HP TouchPad - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Web browsing with the HP TouchPad


Web browsing with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Web browsing with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Web browsing with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


Presently, there are only Wi-Fi only versions available with both tablets, but it’s expected for cellular connected versions to become available in the near future. Luckily, using the two in another room, they’re able to solidly connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot that’s emanating from a distance of approximately 30 feet.

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posted on 11 Jul 2011, 08:21

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Thanks for making it an one on one comparison, and bringing this to the table, regarding the ability to close apps, found an article regarding this matter on Droid life regarding multiple tasking on Android. Don't know if you've read if. Ill post it here later ....

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 08:30

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


This may tell why is task management so away from the users reach, hope is useful

http://www.droid-life.com/2011/06/02/revisiting-android-task-killers-and-why-you-dont-need-one/

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 10:01

3. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Annnnnd the Galaxy Tab wins. I work at HP and know this. Price is the biggest factor.

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