I have two fire sale Touch pads and an iPad 2 from work. The iPad is better, but not by much. Current battery level is usually what determines the one I use at a given moment. What I love about the tp is how easily hackable it is. There are thousands of pages dedicated to hacking it and with pre ware and all the old palm feeds on webos even the native os offers more apps than most people will ever need.
if i install the latest nightly, will it include all fixes from the previous nightlies or do i have to download each and everyone?
Each nightly is a self contained operating system so you only have to download one. The only issue is that sometimes a new nightly will introduce bugs that weren't present earlier, so the best strategy is to flash the latest one and then flash an earlier one if you're having problems.
Can't believe people still want the TP.. I sold mine and never looked back.
Why wouldn't people want a 32GB Dual core 9.7" IPS tablet running ICS for $200 that has a lot of inexpensive oem accessories available and wireless charging? Still seems like good bang for the buck to me.
Why people still want touchpads. Check out the scores compared to the new Nexus 7:
Here is the unbiased info that all you potential N7 buyers want to know.
For starters, in the comparison between the N7 and the TP, the Passmark benchmark app tells the story of what's what, and how each one manages to perform well. (see attachments)
The total scores are near identical. N7 TOTAL = 1993
TP TOTAL = 1986
Now for the CPU N7 CPU = 8618
TP CPU = 3879 (overclocked to 1.8 GHz)
Obviously, the difference is gigantic, and if compared to the TP's stock frequency, the N7's CPU is triple the power.
The hard drive tests show near identical scores, with the N7. N7 = 3039
TP = 3016
But there is something worth noting. In the scores, the internal and external scores are counted. I have no idea what is considered the external, but when we look at just the internal scores, the TP beats the pants off of the N7, as it also does when compared to my Toshiba thrive, and this is (IMO) the reason that the TP is so responsive. N7 WRITE = 19.4 megs per second
TP WRITE = 42.5
N7 READ = 20.1
TP READ = 34.8
So the TP almost doubles the N7's disk scores and everyone knows how big a performance difference a faster hard drive makes, so the fast TP disk is how the TP catches up to the N7's superior CPU performance.
The ram differences are also gigantic, with the TP blowing the N7 away. N7 = 1003
TP = 2180
Again, the TP doubles the N7's scores.
Now the graphics. N7 2D = 2217
TP 2D = 1956
N7 3D = 794
TP 3D = 731
In short, the N7 is a winner in the CPU department, and may also gain an advantage by way of Jelly bean being lighter and/or faster than ICS.
The TP is a big winner in both the disk and ram contest, resulting in similar top scores, however, the N7 is generally a bit more responsive and smooth.
The difference is not what I expected from the N7's quad core CPU and 12 core GPU.
I had been under the impression that the N7 was going to make the TP look like junk and it might still do that when playing a game that is optimized for multicore graphics cards, but in general, the N7 just edges the TP out in a non remarkable way.
Google Earth and Angry Birds opening times are virtually identical.
The screen resolution may be higher on the N7, but the greater size of the TP's monitor, still makes for easier reading, and that is where this comparison ends.
TP is easier on the eyes and it blows the N7 away for general viewability (if that is even a word).
The N7 blows the TP away in portability, by way of it fitting into a pocket, as opposed to carrying it in one's hand, as well as being half the weight. Such a difference would result in the working class hero, taking his tablet to work or anywhere he/she goes, so one could argue that the N7 is a huge winner for the mobile person and the TP is the winner for he/she who stays home most of the time.
The HP Touchpad is still amazing. After several trips this summer I am very happy I purchased it. I'm not much of a home tablet user, but on-the-go the Touchpad is a champ. The convenience of hooking up a PS3 controller and having NES and SNES emulators going for the kid, as well as being one of the best movie players around. It sure has made a few plane rides, car trips, and rainy cabin days a whole lot more enjoyable.
The hardware on this is still pretty good, aside from the low res. Competitive dual core after overclocking, and better GPU than tegra 2/older sgx chips. Also you don't have to use the completely worthless joke that is WebOS, there are CM9 nightlies and AOKP up to Milestone 6. CM10 and AOKP Jellybean are possibilities down the line as well.
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