Honestly, get her an iPad. I could waste both of our time looking up what the best (pure) Android tablet out there is right now, but we both know it won’t hold a candle to the iPad — especially if your mother isn’t tech savvy.
If you don’t mind spending $499 (at a minimum), it’s a no-brainer. iPad 2. If you’re on a budget, I’d probably go with the Kindle Fire or the Nook Tablet. Or look into getting a used iPad.
Overall, it’s a resounding “meh”.
That’s pretty disappointing. I’ve always liked webOS. I had high hopes for the TouchPad. But it’s clear now that if HP does something great with webOS, it will not be this device.
I just don’t get why you even bother releasing “meh” at this point? I can only assume HP doesn’t think it’s “meh”, but they are still human beings. They can still look at an iPad 2 and then look at the TouchPad and see there is a clear difference.
I understand the need to get something out there to get developers developing, but I have a hard time believing “meh” is going to get them excited either. It’s not like people are saying the lack of apps is the only problem (though it is definitely a big problem).
I wonder how many people would buy an iPad 1 over any other tablet on the market (not named iPad 2) right now? I bet almost everyone would.
And that should say all you need to know about the specs race. There is no specs race. The only race that exists is the one for a distant second place.
You have to wonder why Motorola and Google would allow a product with so many bugs/quirks to not only go out to reviewers, but to go out to the public starting tomorrow. Actually, no you don’t have to wonder at all. You only have to think of one word that starts with a lowercase “i”.
If Google/Motorola didn’t beat the iPad 2 to the market, they knew they would be screwed. The Xoom is already more expensive than the iPad, a device which has now absolutely dominated the market for a full year. The iPad 2 will be priced the same, but with big bumps on the spec/feature side of things.
And not one of the reviewers has suggested that the Xoom is an “iPad killer” in any way. It has some specs which are better on paper, but in reality, the bugs stop those from actually being better. The bottom line seems to be that the Xoom is merely the first tablet that is even remotely worthy of being compared to the iPad — at all. And when you think about it, that’s really kind of pathetic. Again, it has been a year.
I’ve only played with the Xoom myself for about 10 minutes. It seemed very nice. I love the idea of true tabbed browsing on a tablet and a true tablet-optimized native Gmail experience. But the reviews from those with a lot more time actually using the thing out in the field simply aren’t very good.
And you can tell that a few of them are really pulling for this thing to bring some sort of competition to the market, but the Xoom falls short of the iPad. And that’s the iPad 1. And the iPad 2 is seven days away.
And then there’s that other iPad looming…