Another Stabbing Of The HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad: Six Disappointments

Speaking of performance, to call the TouchPad sluggish doesn’t do justice to its laggy behavior. This may be the first tablet running Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, but if I hadn’t known that a dual-core CPU was inside, I never would have guessed. Never mind the onerous initial boot-up process: The TouchPad took 69 seconds for a cold boot-up, compared with the iPad 2’s 26 seconds, and it took nearly twice as long as most of the competition did in our SunSpider JavaScript test. Loading apps felt interminable; Quickoffice took 10 seconds to launch, in contrast to the near-instant launch of Apple’s Pages. While spending time with the TouchPad, I felt as if I got to know WebOS’s spinning-circle and pulsating-logo graphics (two indicators that something is loading) far too well. Even scrolling through lists and content felt jerky, not smooth.

HP says blah blah blah an Over The Air update will fix things.

When the original Palm Pre went on sale, Palm kicked out an OTA update that first day. I’m waiting to see if HP is smart enough to do that.

Update — there’s more!

Hands on with the HP TouchPad

The TouchPad’s specs are state of the art, right down to the dual-core Snapdragon processor that powers it. Yet at times I found the TouchPad puzzlingly sluggish. (I had the same complaint when I used the dual-core Motorola Xoom Android tablet, to be fair.) Sometimes I think one of the most important achievements of Apple’s iOS development team is completely overlooked by most reviewers: the fact that on iOS devices, when you move your finger, the on-screen objects under your finger move along with it. No lag, no judder of dropped frames, just a pure illusion that you’re physically manipulating an object. Almost every time I have tried a new Android phone or tablet—and when I tried the TouchPad—I am surprised to find that the interface just isn’t as responsive as Apple’s.

The TouchPad often seemed quite slow at launching new apps, leaving me staring at a pulsating, glowing icon. When a lot of apps were running, everything could get especially laggy. Occasionally, everything would freeze for a few seconds and then resume. The TouchPad also seemed to get confused about its orientation regularly—every time I laid it down flat on a table, it wanted to flip into portrait mode. More than once I got in a situation that would have been comedic if it weren’t so frustrating: I’d be holding the TouchPad in landscape mode, but its interface would remain in portrait. When I turned the TouchPad back to portrait, it would rotate to landscape. A few times, the apps within the multitasking interface appeared rotated correctly, but the overall UI was rotated incorrectly. Suffice it to say, there are some bugs affecting performance and usability.

Now who should I believe?

All these reviewers who separately state the same thing?

Or all the squeeing fanboiz whose blogging livelihoods depend on sucking up to HP so they can continue to have access?

Gee, what a difficult decision!

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