HP TouchPad Tablet vs. iPad Benchmarks + Review

Thursday, June 30, 2011
By OP Editor

Is the HP TouchPad tablet with Palm WebOS an iPad killer?

HP TouchPad vs. iPad 2 thickness

Benchmarks HP TouchPad tablet vs. iPad 2

What’s the performance of the new Hewlett Packard TouchPad with WebOS (bought from Palm) compared to Apple’s iPad 2 tablet?

Boot time, (shorter is better):
75 seconds touchpad
30 seconds iPad

SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark (shorter is better):
3,988ms touchpad
2,173ms iPad

Battery life (longer is better):
8:33 (Engadget), 6 hours (WSJ) HP touchpad
10:26 (Engadget), 10+ hours (WSJ) iPad

Weight (lighter is better)
1.65 pounds (750 grams) HP touchpad
1.3 pound (600 gram) iPad

Benchmark result? No contest, Apple iPad beats HP TouchPad in just about every test.

HP TouchPad Review

HP TouchPad reviews highlights from Engadget, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.


  • Literally has rough edges: “sharp ridges left around these recessed [speaker ports] aren’t exactly friendly to the hands.”
  • Cannot work on office documents. HP touchpad ships with QuickOffice, which only read documents. The program is unfinished and cannot create or modify documents. Software stopped working after a few days.
  • Poor quality video calling, even on WiFi with its 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera:

HP TouchPad WiFi Video Calling WebOS 3

Gizmodo, Matt Buchanan:

  • “Get ready to waste a lot of your life waiting for cards to launch, since everything is card (like new browser tabs and individual settings).”
  • Palm App Catalog: “desolate world without Netflix or Nook or Instapaper or Rdio. There are critical apps in beta form, like Kindle and some surprises, like Facebook. “
  • “It’s funny that the TouchPad is the third tablet platform to run Flash, and it’s also the third tablet on which Flash runs like garbage.”
  • “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.)”
  • “Half baked.”

Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg:

  • “None of these [tablet computer / iPad wannabe] contenders has gained any significant traction with consumers or app developers.”
  • Difficult to correct typos. No magnifier glass to precisely select text.
  • “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… In addition, I found the TouchPad grew sluggish the more I used it.”
  • “I can’t recommend the TouchPad over the iPad 2.”

New York Times, David Pogue:

  • This week, [Hewlett-Packard] introduced what it considers a groundbreaking new product: a tablet with a touch screen!
  • “There aren’t many apps for it yet. How many is “not many”? Well, 300. (H.P. points out, however, that there are even fewer for Android tablets, even after several months: only 232.)”
  • “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.”
  • “Much of the TouchPad’s promise remains theoretical; all kinds of stuff is “coming soon,” including music or movie stores and a Mac/Windows utility that will copy your computer’s music files to the tablet.”

Conclusion: HP TouchPad

Conclusion? HP TouchPad tablet is bulky, sluggish, and buggy. The HP HeadachePad is not an iPad killer by a long shot.

Delusional HP WebOS #Winning Claims

Although it can’t beat iPad, the new delusional HP touchpad definitely puts it in the running to beat RIM Amateur Hour + layoffs as iPad knockoff fail of the year.

Or perhaps HP will be the next Palm.

In 2010, despite released a self-proclaimed “iPhone killer” WebOS phone, Palm almost went bankrupt due to low sales. HP bought Palm as a result and started putting lipstick on its new pig. Apparently rebranding the Palm WebOS as HP hog won’t really help, as the TouchPad reviews showed. So, when will the HP start firing employees? We might find out before the end of 2011, “the year of the copycats” as described by Steve Jobs at iPad 2 Keynote.


Related Posts

  1. HP Kills Palm, “Invents” WebOS TouchPad (iPad CopyPad)
  2. HP is Delusional
  3. HP Abandons WebOS TouchPad Tablet + Smartphone Business [Confirmed]
  4. BestBuy: Low Demand for HP TouchPad Tablet, 10% Inventory Sold
  5. HP Disclaimer: WebOS TouchPad “Could Differ Materially”

Tags: Apple, Benchmark, Counterfeit, Fail, iPad, Review

2 Responses to “HP TouchPad Tablet vs. iPad Benchmarks + Review”

  1. Don

    I noticed that despite all of the drawbacks with the TouchPad, still a lot of people like the U.I. I’m not sure, but since WebOS was developed with over 240 poached ex-engineers from Apple, including head macho John Rubenstein, but I’ve also noticed that the basic card U.I. seems to echo that of Apple’s HyperCard. I’m beginning to think that WebOS is directly modeled on HyperCard, but can’t say for sure.

    • Hey Don, It seems that the touchpad UI is fine in theory, but doesn’t work well due to the sluggish performance.

      The multi-tasking card basically copied the 2007 iPhone Safari page switcher. Not quite innovative, except to the people who haven’t used an iPhone in the past four+ years.


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