HP TouchPad versus Acer Iconia Tab A501

HP and Acer, as we all know are two famous computing conglomerates that have aced the field with their powerful and elegant notebook computers, and in a few cases, with their desktops too. Recently, these two companies have entered the arena of tablet PCs and their respective inventions in this turf are the TouchPad and Iconia Tab. Both the tablets were released recently and have been doing well in the market. Today we will compare the two devices and see their positives and negatives.


With an impressive design having dimensions of 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm and weighing about 740g, the TouchPad gives tough competition to the Iconia that has length, breadth and thickness measurements of about 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm; pretty close, right? Oh, by the way, the Iconia weighs about 730g on the scale. The TouchPad has a TFT capacitive touchscreen which measures about 9.7” diagonally; on the other hand, the Iconia sports a really cool 10.1” LCD capacitive touchscreen.


The TouchPad does not feature any 2G or 3G communication facets whereas the Iconia Tab has GSM quad bands for 850/900/1800/1900 and HSDPA 900/2100 for 2G and 3G respectively. Consequently, there are no GPRS and EDGE facilities in the TouchPad which can be found in the Iconia. Bluetooth and microUSB are present in both the tablets though, allowing faster data transfer and tab-PC connection.


Both the tablets allow users to choose between 16 and 32GB of internal memory space. The Iconia also has a 1GB DDR2 RAM which no other tablet of the day features. The Iconia allows expansion of memory by 32GB through use of a memory card inserted into the microSD card slot whereas the TouchPad doesn’t allow any such expansion of storage space.

Operating System:

HP has tried out a new operating system for this tablet, namely the HP webOS 3.0 whereas the Iconia still runs on the trusted platform of Android from Google pertaining to v3.0 or Honeycomb of the same. A dual core 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor powers the Touchpad whereas a slightly slower 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 one is what fuels the Iconia. Though the HP tablet has a faster processor, the deficiencies in other specifications pull it down from being a really good tablet.


Though this facet is not the most looked after feature in a tablet, unlike mobile phones, the ones such as XOOM and Galaxy Tab 10.1V have placed a great deal of emphasis on this area. HP performs poorly here too; with a simple 1.3 MP camera which doesn’t even allow video recording, it stands nowhere near the brilliant 5MP shooter of the Iconia. Additionally, the Acer tablet has a 2MP secondary camera which the Touchpad does not.


If all the other features of Touchpad didn’t kill our enthusiasm about it, it’s lithium ion 1230 mAh fuel did. Come on, seriously? That’s what a simple Wildfire has. On the other hand, the Iconia doesn’t have a great battery either. But the 3260 mAh lithium polymer fuel is way better than the one in Touchpad! While the HP Touchpad costs about 280 Euros, the Iconia is priced at about 490 Euros.