Looks like HP’s luck still hasn’t picked up. Tech god Walt Mossberg has published his official findings after a week with the TouchPad and come away with statements such as “the tablet’s hardware is bulbous and heavy compared with the iPad 2 or the svelte Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and “the TouchPad’s battery life was only 60% of that of the iPad 2″. Other negatives pointed out by Mossberg include the meager selection of apps (~300 tablet specific/~6,200 webOS overall), numerous bugs throughout the claimed “production unit”, and so-so on-screen keyboard.
But there were some saving graces. Most notably, Mossberg continues to praise the webOS interface overall as extremely elegant, simple to use, and intuitive. Speaking strictly of the UI, Mossberg singles out the card based multi-tasking system as one of the best multi-tasking systems on the market still. Also given a nod is webOS’ notification system which to this is still top notch.
Overall opinion: Not recommended over iPad 2. While not surprising in our eyes given the shortcomings listed above, it’s no doubt a blow for HP. If you’re one of many interested in Palm’s foray into the tablet world, has Mossberg’s initial impressions altered your own? Leave it in the comments after the break…