Final Words

Without the performance issues and bugs, the TouchPad would likely be my favorite tablet on the market today. I've been begging for a tablet that lets me be more productive and HP delivered that with the TouchPad. The biggest issue is that if you actually try to use webOS to be more productive and start multitasking on the TouchPad, the experience quickly grinds to a halt. It's frustrating because while iOS and Honeycomb tablets lack the multitasking experience of webOS, they deliver on performance. And while the TouchPad has a better platform, it just doesn't perform as well as either of its chief competitors. You really can't have it all in this business, not yet at least.


From left to right: Galaxy Tab 10.1, TouchPad, iPad 2, PlayBook

The bugs are also quite obvious when you really start using the TouchPad. I wouldn't say that webOS 3.0 feels rushed, but it does need some serious updating. In its current state I don't believe the TouchPad is a good purchase, not until we see how serious HP is about updating the platform to address these issues.

The good news for HP is that it's typically easier to tune for performance than it is to completely redo your OS (assuming the performance issues aren't deep rooted in the way webOS was written). As I mentioned at the start of this article, the fundamentals of webOS are sound and it made a great transition to the big screen. The TouchPad just needs optimization.

The hardware is heavy but otherwise competitive. HP built the TouchPad with a good screen, good speakers and a great way to charge the tablet. The OS could use a visual update but is functionally incredible. The webOS card system is the best way to handle multitasking that I've seen in a mobile device to date. Unified messaging and Synergy are also very well executed features of the OS. Even the TouchPad's virtual keyboard is well executed (save for an imperfect autocorrect system).

I really feel like the TouchPad was built for users who want to do more with tablets. I'm just hoping that HP follows through with an aggressive enough update schedule to actually deliver what those users are looking for.

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  • eallan - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - link

    How can you not give android a 10 in the keyboard department? Don't like the stock one? Use any number of amazing tablet keyboards like SwiftKey. Reply
  • Belard - Monday, August 22, 2011 - link

    I stated why the Android Keyboard works... just not great.

    Having that 5th row would be nice.
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  • cjfryer - Monday, July 18, 2011 - link

    Available for download and appears functional. I haven't used the iPad app much but swiping to advance pages works just fine on the TouchPad. Reply
  • ebolamonkey3 - Saturday, August 06, 2011 - link

    Hey Anand, any chance we'd get an update on the new software? Reply
  • Belard - Monday, August 22, 2011 - link

    no. Reply
  • Belard - Monday, August 22, 2011 - link

    HP has disconnected this product and future support....

    There are some nice things about WebOS... the hardware blows.

    On the 20th, stores that sold the Touchpad device starting selling them for $100 (16GB) and $150 (32GB).

    Selling for $500, same as an Apple iPad2. The TouchPad didn't have the specs, the apps of function against the number #1 selling tablet. Things like no ability to actually take pictures with the camera... is stupid.
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  • Paulman - Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - link

    Well, according to Anand and Brian Klug, the hardware is just fine: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4658/its-not-qualcom... Reply

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