TouchPad vs iPad 2: Spec-down
Well, as expected Apple has not only announced by will release the iPad 2 well before the TouchPad hits the market. Sure, it's difficult for HP to compete with unannounced products, but it's certainly looking like they will have their work cut out for them convincing consumers that the TouchPad competes spec-for-spec. The iPad 2 is about 35% thinner and 15% lighter, not to mention that it will be available in 64g configurations and also features a rear-facing camera. Whether it's faster or not is an open question - early reports indicate that the iPad 2 is crazy fast, but we have yet to see fully optimized and finalized builds of webOS 3.0 on the TouchPad. Comparing Apple's A5 to Qualcomm's Snapdragon directly isn't really possible.
Instead, HP will need to pursue the path that everybody expects and plays to their strength: it's not the specs, it's the OS. The multitasking experience on webOS is superior to iOS and hopefully HP will be able to get their App offering and Enterprise support ramped up in time for Summer. Tap-to-Share, easy development, superior notifications ...we could go on and assume that HP will do the same as we get closer to launch.
Anybody out who was planning on getting a TouchPad thinking of getting the iPad 2 instead?