The HP Camry

I was actually hoping that this would be a great tablet, alas that doesn’t seem to be the case. Joshua Topolsky: Hardware quality feels cheap Developer support is thin right now Tim Stevens: The shortage of apps is a problem, no doubt, but that will change with time. What won’t change is the hardware, and […]

I was actually hoping that this would be a great tablet, alas that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Joshua Topolsky:

Hardware quality feels cheap Developer support is thin right now

Tim Stevens:

The shortage of apps is a problem, no doubt, but that will change with time. What won’t change is the hardware, and there we’re left a little disappointed.

Jason Snell:

If it can get developers engaged in its platform and iron out all the bugs while also growing webOS as a smartphone operating system, it might really have something here.

John Biggs:

Fingerprints and scratches galore. Get a case when you get the TouchPad. It needs one. WebOS is amazing, but I worry its features aren’t being done justice with the paucity of apps.

Walt Mossberg:

But the tablet’s hardware is bulbous and heavy compared with the iPad 2 or the svelte Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, an Android tablet.

I intentionally only pulled out the parts talking about the apps for the TouchPad and the hardware of the device. The reason being: those are the two elements that make the iPad the iPad. Yes, iOS is a very nice operating system, but so is WebOS.

Let’s pull cars back into this analogy. The reason I was looking purely at third party app comments and hardware quality is because that is the difference between a Camaro and a Ferrari — both sports cars, but hardly comparable. Where as the difference between WebOS and iOS (all other things like hardware and apps being equal) is akin to the difference between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini — now the little things really matter.1

The OS on these devices is only really going to shine when you have two really equal competitors. From the sound of it, HP made themselves a lovely Camry.


  1. Clearly the Ferrari is the choice a discerning reader would make, however someone who wants to live on the edge of losing control could make the case for the Lambo.