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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Features the device only have on camera and its front facing not rear. so-so
  • Display No comments good
  • Battery life No comments good
  • Ease of use No comments good
  • Storage capacity No comments good
  • Design and form factor it feels bulky to me and its a finger print magent both on the front and back. so-so
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments so-so
  • Durability No comments so-so
Detailed review
Physically the device feels fat. The glossy plastic smudges and is a finger print magnet on both the front and the back of the device. I don’t find it very comfortable to hold to read or use I find myself sitting it down on a table or desk and using it that way. I didn’t find it comfortable to use to read like I do my kindle or iPad.
Software wise I definitely like the WebOS. It’s easy to use and consolidated account management is nice. I like the flick action to move between the applications and the way it groups them. I found it strange that on some applications you can only use them in landscape but only one way you can’t just pick It up and rotate it. This was only on some applications and not all and it took a second or two before it realized I had rotated the device.
Yes there is a lack of applications and I expected that for this device but it’s still there and should be mentioned. I liked the browser and it more like a browser on a PC than one a tablet device.
I was not able to get the device to recognize my HP printer at 1st I had to have it join and then forget my network twice before it finally saw my printer. I installed the music software (which is in beta right now) on my mac and it worked ok. Had a few issues where it would crash and I had to recreate my playlist and reset the sync setting on the touch pad. again the software is still tagged “Beta” and has a good forum and definitely is a usable and easy to use application for the PC.
I have seen a few reviews saying that the device is a good device when compared to the 1st gen iPad and I have to agree with this. But when comparing it to an iPad 2 it feels to me cheap and plasticie. I find myself wiping the finger prints off the device all the time.
It feels too much like a gen 1 device when comparing to Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2. Its lacking a rear camera was surprising. It has some nice integration with other WebOS devices but for a tablet device I think they should be more stand alone. Myself I have an Android phone and use the iPad as my main tablet device. I can’t see myself replacing my iPad with a touch pad. I will definitely look at the next version of the device I feel that a lot of its short comings are on the hardware side more so than the software side.
Would I recommend this to a family member? No. I would suggest an android or an iPad 2 over this device right now.