Camera and Multimedia:

Since the HP TouchPad obviously lacks a rear camera, we'll have to gauge the quality of their front-facing sensors by using their respective video chatting clients. Specifically, we used FaceTime on the iPad 2 and Skype video chat on the TouchPad. Using a Wi-Fi connection, we’re impressed by the quality of both to tell you the truth – albeit, there’s a subtle amount of choppiness with the TouchPad. At the same time, the TouchPad has better detail over the slightly more pixelized video with the iPad 2. We also find audio quality to be impressive on both seeing that they’re in sync to the video and clearly audible.

On the surface, there isn’t much flashiness evident with either music players, but they’re more than ideal with their functional layout. In fact, they boast a similar two-panel layout and quick access to their on-screen controls when browsing through our library. Jumping to another app while a song is playing, we can still control the music players by using their respective mini players, which are undoubtedly accessible at any time. In terms of audio quality, we’re baffled at first to find the iPad 2’s single speaker producing the same loud volume tones coming out of the TouchPad’s two speakers.  Luckily, their tones are very pleasing to the ear without sounding too sharp or irritating.

Displaying a good amount of detail and natural looking color tones while watching the same movie trailer, the only difference in performance between the two is the superiorly brighter appearance of the iPad 2’s display over the TouchPad's one. Offering stereo support with its two speakers, the audio experience when watching movies on the TouchPad is seemingly better due to its slightly more surround feel.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot to expect with their Gallery apps because they lack any sort of deep sharing and editing functions – though, we’re still presented with the usual set of navigational controls when browsing through images. Again, we find a similar layout with their respective photo viewing gallery apps, but there’s a recognizable amount of erratic choppiness with the TouchPad’s operation when browsing through photos.

Although both tablets are available in both 16GB and 32GB capacities, it’s only the iPad 2 that manages to shake things up by offering a massive 64GB variant.

It's a pretty decent treat that we can achieve video-out with the iPad 2 by using an optional digital AV adapter. Not only are we able to stream high-definition videos to our television set, but we’re also given a mirrored experience  that allows us to experience the iPad 2 on the big screen. Sad to say the least, we don’t get this kind of functionality with the HP TouchPad.


HP obviously decided a YouTube client isn't really needed right now, seeing that the TouchPad can handle the main YouTube site. However, we think it still would’ve been nice to see a dedicated app on board; like the one featured on the iPad 2. Optimized to fit the iPad 2’s tablet experience, its YouTube app is especially satisfying with its tailored layout and laundry list of features.

At first, one would think that Google Maps on the iPad 2 would deliver a more refined experience than Bing Maps on the TouchPad, but in reality, they’re actually quite the same with their basic set of features. Naturally, they provide things like driving, walking, and transit directions, but there are no voice guided turn-by-turn directions with either. Regardless of that, they’re sufficient enough in giving us quick instructions in getting around from point A to point B.

Considering that the original iPad was released more than a year ago, developers are undoubtedly cranking out a ton of tablet-optimized apps for the iPad 2. However, that doesn’t mean that the TouchPad is out of the race because we’re enamored by the healthy amount of quality apps available with webOS 3.0 from the onset – and they’re well thought-out for a new platform.



25. chezzitstealer

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 03, 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!!

24. kellybl131

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 19, 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."

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.

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.

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.

17. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 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.

15. andyota

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 12, 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... :-(

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.

13. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 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.

11. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

7. LXH unregistered

why HP touchpad display is so dimmed ???

6. hello143232 unregistered

apple so should sue hp

21. ikkuh

Posts: 42; Member since: May 22, 2011

sure thats the only thing left when you losing the battle.

5. herbie1960

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 03, 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.

4. applesauce unregistered

iphonearena strikes again!

12. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

get off this website

1. PimpStrong unregistered

This is a blatent rip but it doesn't matter because its not Android.

2. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 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: Mar 15, 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: Nov 05, 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: Jul 12, 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?

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