HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Right off the bat, there’s no arguing that the HP TouchPad might be at a disadvantage due to its lack of photo/video-taking capabilities – thus, giving more weight to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s capacity. However, they both feature front-facing cameras for video chat functionality. On one hand, the HP TouchPad utilizes Skype video chat, while on the other, we use the Google Talk video chat client with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Clearly, both are required to be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to function, but their video chatting qualities are nearly identical – presenting us with an acceptable video chatting experience.
When playing some tunes, both music players are conventional looking as they display the usual set of items – like the album cover, track information, and on-screen controls. However, Honeycomb’s music player is able to dramatically separate itself with its eye-catching 3D carousel effect when browsing through its library. In comparison, the music player interface of webOS 3.0 is your standard fanfare and doesn’t necessarily deviate from the usual presentation we’re accustomed to seeing with others. Undeniably, the two feature powerful sounding speakers that are capable of producing some blasting tones, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s output at the loudest volume setting sounds a bit more strained.
Using the same high-definition video encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, the HP TouchPad has some issues attempting to play due to its out of sync audio playback. Although it doesn’t fare well with 1080p videos, it’s more than equipped in playing ones in 720p. Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn’t fazed one bit during its entire playback as we’re greeted with a smooth and in-sync experience. Additionally, the Galaxy Tab 10.1’s higher brightness output with its display is able to further contrast and highlight all the action.
Visually, we truly adore the supplementary 3D effect in play with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s Gallery app since it emulates the look of things being stacked on top of one another – as opposed to the static appearance of the one on the HP TouchPad. However, the presentation is about the same when you’re actually browsing through content. Frustrating at times, the TouchPad’s gallery can be unpredictable with its operation since it’s sometime bogged down with bouts of slowdown and lag, which isn’t something evident with the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Furthermore, we prefer the deeper sharing and editing functionality available with the Honeycomb flavored tablet.
We find the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s dedicated YouTube client undeniably presentable with its deep and intertwined functionality that’s relatively close to the experience we find with the standard web site. Well, that’s basically the only option we’re greeted with the HP TouchPad because it doesn’t offer a dedicated client.
In the battle for supremacy with their maps applications, there’s no denying the fact that Google Maps on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is dramatically superior on so many levels – mainly due to its longer development obviously. Boasting supplementary features like street view, 3D maps, and voice guided turn-by-turn directions, the Google Maps experience on a whole blasts away anything dished up by the Bing Maps experience over on the HP TouchPad.
Not something we’d expect from the onset, we’re rather more impressed with the quality third party apps available with the webOS 3.0 powered HP TouchPad than what’s available with the over 3 month old Honeycomb platform. We’re mightily amazed with the abundance of top-notch apps available from the onset with webOS 3.0.
1. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; 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 ....
2. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
This may tell why is task management so away from the users reach, hope is useful
3. Synack (Posts: 661; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
Annnnnd the Galaxy Tab wins. I work at HP and know this. Price is the biggest factor.