HP TouchPad vs iPad 2: web browsing comparison

HP TouchPad vs iPad 2: web browsing comparison
Compared to the tiny confines seen with the HP Veer 4G, the TouchPad is by far the ideal choice when it comes to web browsing with a webOS device – mainly due to its much larger display and Flash support. Needless to say, web surfing is always going to be one of the heavier sought out features with the TouchPad, but after seeing other tablets before it excelling highly in this area, we just need to see for ourselves right away on how it performs with the webOS 3.0 tablet.

Actually, we decided to see how it performs against the competition – and in this case, we’re using an iPad 2 to see how it delivers the goods to the table. Connected to the same Wi-Fi network, we opened a link in a window to see which one loads up the same page first. And right off the bat, it’s evident that the TouchPad is delayed with its operation in rendering the page. Both pictures and text load up in a timely manner right away on the iPad 2, while the TouchPad takes quite a bit of time before loading up anything at all. Furthermore, there’s some choppiness evident with the TouchPad’s navigational controls – meaning, kinetic scrolling and pinch gestures aren’t as smooth looking compared to the iPad 2. However, the one advantage it holds over Apple’s pride and joy is the fact that it’s able to provide that desktop-like experience thanks to its support for Flash.

Granted that Apple has spent a great deal of time refining the web browsing experience with the iPad’s browser, we’re still in the early beginnings with the TouchPad – albeit, we’ve already witnessed the PlayBook in the same scenario before, but it managed to hit the mark dead on. Still, it’s tolerable from what we’ve been checking out so far, but after seeing the competition before it, there’s naturally going to be a lot of expectations going forward in this area.

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1. LordDavon unregistered

I would really like to see a comparison of scrolling, zooming and rendering with pages that don't have flash. I think it is obvious that the touchpad would be slower, since it is loading and rendering flash content. Can we get an Apples-to-Apples comparison?

11. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

no pun intended?

2. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

O no pa compared a product to it's apple competition they are so biased(sarcasm). This was a great review pa keep it up. If only phone manufacturers where as good as you

3. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

phonearena! its never a good comparison,when comparing a none flash support device with a flash capable one,i thought you guys should have known this by now, that its not proper...........

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh they know better, but as long as it makes steve jobs look good, they are ok with it. Its still on the slow side though. A honeycomb tablet can load up a page with flash in close to the same time it can take the ipad to use its mobile view.. lol

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

lol made me laugh,,,,, with those comments... "but we have flash,,,now to compare dont use flash othwerwise is not fair"lol remind me a a 5 year old...funny at least to me... ☺

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Apple must have paid Phonearena O.o

12. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

stop it with this crap seriously, it's his opinion. yes i am and android fan but seriously, im all for equality, all these posts from you are just lame and ridiculous.

7. Xacto01 unregistered

iPad loaded a couple things before TouchPad. Touchpad finished the whole page before iPad. I'd like to see a demo of zooming into reading columns. I'd also like to see a demo of a more realistic case of multitasking when reading lots of pages. Can the iPad load pages in the background while you are reading one page? I believe the touchPad could do that. What about text selection and copy and paste from web to application. The whole process?

8. ghost_uwi

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

ipad 2 for the win :D

9. jguill08 unregistered

neither one can compare to the samsung galaxy tab 10.1

13. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

my friend has one and it lags big time, but none of you android or apple fans will get it, cuz you cant take the time to try the other product.

10. jcoberg10

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

watch the 2:52 mark where he is displaying the scrolling the IPAD only loaded the part of the page that was viewable, the other part of the page had not loaded yet. and the HP touch pad had loaded the entire page "with Flash"

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