PC giant Hewlett-Packard( HP) has officially released a very interesting product, the 10-inch Touchpad tablet, only a few weeks ago, but there are already talks that this could be the gadget that can challenge iPad 2’s leadership position on the tablet market. We are going to compare and contrast the two tablets in the following, trying to find out which one of these meets your needs better at this time.

Design and display

The iPad 2 is one of the most attractive tablet computers of the moment, offering two choices of colors and high portability. While the Hp Touchpad only comes in a black classic version, as far as dimensions goes, the new tablet from HP is closer than you might think to defeating the iPad 2. Therefore, it is only 0.17 inches wider and 0.27 pounds heavier, the differences being in our opinion almost too small for the untrained eye to observe.

As far as the screen is concerned, the two displays are similar, but not identical. They both measure 9.7-inch in diagonal and they both offer 1024x768 pixels resolution, but overall the LED screen of the iPad 2 is slightly better than the XGA capacitive, touchscreen of the HP tablet when it comes to image quality and clarity.

Performance, storage and software

The HP tablet is better in terms of performance than the Apple iPad 2, the 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU of the first being slightly faster than the 1 GHz dual-core Apple A5 processor of the second. However, the HP Touchpad is missing for an unknown reason a rear-facing camera, making the iPad 2 a better device on this aspect, even though the front-facing camera is inferior than the one on the HP tablet.

As far as storage is concerned, iPad 2 wins again, offering a 64 GB version, alongside the standard 16 and 32 GB variants. In terms of software, both tablets come with their own operating systems, the iOS 4.3.3 of the iPad being currently slightly better than the WebOS 3.0, if we only consider the superior number of apps supported.

Connectivity, battery life and pricing

Both tablets offer WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility, but only the iPad 2 offers 3G connectivity at this moment, which means that Apple’s tablet wins again. In terms of battery life, also, we have all the reasons to believe that the iPad 2 is better, even though we currently don’t have clear data of the HP Touchpad’s autonomy. As far as the price is concerned, the HP tablet is currently significantly cheaper than the iPad 2.

Wrap-up

HP has not made an excellent job with their new Touchpad tablet, which is beaten by the iPad 2 at almost all aspects. An affordable price, a fast processor and a decent design are the strongest points of the Touchpad, but all in all the iPad 2 is the better tablet computer.