Jason Snell at MacWorld:
Sometimes I think one of the most important achievements of Appleâ€™s iOS development team is completely overlooked by most reviewers: the fact that on iOS devices, when you move your finger, the on-screen objects under your finger move along with it. No lag, no judder of dropped frames, just a pure illusion that youâ€™re physically manipulating an object. Almost every time I have tried a new Android phone or tabletâ€”and when I tried the TouchPadâ€”I am surprised to find that the interface just isnâ€™t as responsive as Appleâ€™s.
Imagine text appearing a split second after you press the key on your keyboard. Or if the mouse pointer moved, not as you were moving your mouse, but a little later. That experience would drive anyone mad and would be unacceptable on a modern computer.
And here is HP, one of the largest high-tech companies in the world, with complete control over its hardware and operating system, not able to get this right, and trying to hawk its not-fully-baked TouchPad for $500. Maybe HP isn’t as good as I thought at copying Apple.
For now, the TouchPad is just another iPad competitor that canâ€™t measure up.