HP TouchPad Gets Savaged In Reviews

Holy shit. HP has not done itself any good here!

Gizmodo: HP TouchPad Review: Unbreak My Heart

There’s no nice way to say this: Shit just plain doesn’t work, far more often than it should. And there’s no more guaranteed way to make something feel like a train wreck in slow motion than to make it run like it’s a train wreck in slow motion. Apps can take foreeeeever to launch, even with just one or two cards open. (I once waited 20 seconds for screen settings to launch.) The gap between your touch and the TouchPad’s response is occasionally so wide you could fit all of Transformers 3 in between it. (God help you if you try to tap multiple things while the TouchPad’s deliberating its responses.)

Dear god! They make it sound like it’s another Cruz Tablet!

Pogue: Pretty Tablet, Though Late for the Ball

It supposedly has a blazing-fast chip inside, but you wouldn’t know it. When you rotate the screen, it takes the screen two seconds to match — an eternity in tablet time. Apps can take a long time to open; the built-in chat app, for example, takes seven seconds to appear. Animations are sometimes jerky, reactions to your finger swipes sometimes uncertain.


In this 1.0 incarnation, the TouchPad doesn’t come close to being as complete or mature as the iPad or the best Android tablets; you’d be shortchanging yourself by buying one right now, unless you’re some kind of rabid A.B.A. nut (Anything but Apple).

Mossberg: TouchPad Needs More Apps, Reboot to Rival iPad

I also ran into plenty of bugs in my tests, even though H-P said I was testing a production unit. For instance, on various occasions, the email app failed to display the contents of messages, the photos app failed to display pictures, and the game “Angry Birds” crashed repeatedly. All of these problems required a reboot of the device to resolve.

In addition, I found the TouchPad grew sluggish the more I used it. Again, a reboot was needed to restore normal speed. H-P acknowledges most of these problems and says it is already working on a webOS update, to be delivered wirelessly in three to six weeks that will fix nearly all of them.

This Is My Next: HP TouchPad review

From the start of using this tablet, it was clear to me that HP had some work left to do on tuning and tightening the OS, and that lack of polish created frustrating and disappointing moments while using the TouchPad. In particular, I found touch sensitivity and general fluidity of the user interface to be wanting badly at times. Presses to buttons on the screen would go unanswered, applications would suddenly pause, lists I was scrolling moved intermittently and erratically (or would just disappear altogether). Sometimes the device felt smooth and light, while at other moments it locked up or sputtered to a point of complete aggravation. More than once I had the entire system freeze and then reboot while I was in the midst of navigating (or trying to navigate) my way out of some weird UI fender bender. All across the OS I found myself discovering dark corners of unfinished or untested chunks of the UI, like when I would use the upward swipe gesture to bring up the launcher, and accidentally open an app instead.


Still, the bottom line here is that the stability and smoothness of the user experience is not up to par with the iPad or something like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, even if many of the underlying ideas are actually a lot better and more intuitive than what the competition offers. That, coupled with the minuscule number of quality apps available at launch make this a bit of a hard sell right now.

Engadget: HP TouchPad review

We’re having a bit of a hard time quantifying the performance of the TouchPad because, well, it should be fast with its 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor paired with 1GB of RAM, but too often left us waiting. Bootup, for example, takes 1:15, which is an eon compared to 30 seconds or so on both the Galaxy Tab and the iPad 2. Similarly, we ran our freshly-booted TouchPad through the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark and netted a 3,988ms result. That again compares unfavorably to a 2,213ms on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and a nearly identical 2,173ms on the iPad 2.


Sure, flipping between tasks is quick and snappy, but changing from landscape to portrait is occasionally sluggish and, after about a day or so, we found we had to give it a reboot to regain optimum performance.


Oh, happy day, when one first receives a device that’s been eagerly anticipated for months. Sad, sad day when that device fails to live up to one’s expectations. We all wanted the TouchPad to really compete, to give us a compelling third party to join the iOS and Android boxes on the ballot. But, alas, this isn’t quite it.

None of this sounds any good.

I didn’t like seeing the delays in apps being launched in the store demo videos on YouTube. But I gave them the benefit of the doubt: Perhaps the WiFi was off or hinky and the app was also trying to establish a Net connection while opening.

It seems like HP has simply just fucked this all up.

I was looking forward to at least fondling this on the weekend. My back makes even that seem unlikely until next week.

Buying it? I wanted to. But drop 500-plus and sit around with something that’d make me curse just as much as my current crap desktop PC?


HP says everything will be fixed.

Well, HP, fix all that shit first and then we’ll talk.

And Kendrick, HP just cut that limb out from under you. A poor experience is a poor experience, no matter how many apps exist.

Update: Kendrick admits that limb has been sawn away: HP TouchPad reviews are in: Released too early. He’s as disappointed and puzzled as I am!



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12 responses to “HP TouchPad Gets Savaged In Reviews

  1. Jon

    Have you bought that iPad yet?

  2. Don

    Maybe it’s just me, or the fact that WebOS was largely created by ex-Apple engineers, but the whole WebOS card-metaphor seems to be to me to eerily reminiscent of the U.I. from Apple’s old HyperCard.

    Regardless, I must agree, it still looks absolutely beautiful. I can only hope Apple uses some of these ideas in the next iPad.

  3. DD

    Why did anyone think that the company that wrote the very worst software imaginable for controlling printers could ever come up with a tight, competitive operating system?

    Sounds doomed to me.

  4. k4ever

    I bought one and the reviewers are full of crap. They want everything to look and work like the iPad so much that they complain about the stupidest thing, like the Touchpad being .2 inches thicker really matters. It runs multiple apps at once so things don’t just pop on the screen like the one app running iPad. However it is not slow by a long shot.

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