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HP TouchPad vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

We see how HP’s debut tablet, the TouchPad, compares to Samsung’s heavy hitter, the Galaxy Tab 10.1

We pitch the HP Touchpad against Samsung’s 10-inch Galaxy Tab.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6mm, 565g

HP TouchPad - 240 x 190 x 13.7mm, 740g

The HP TouchPad looks nice enough, there’s certainly nothing jarring to the eye, but it’s also a bit generic, this doesn’t bother us though, there’s only so much you can do with tablet design as it’s less about form and more about function.

Having said which, the Samsung makes a nice attempt at doing something a little bit snazzy with the visuals. We like the fact that the screen goes much closer to the edges of the device than on the HP, there’s less ‘excess’ bodywork.

Also on the rear of the tablet there’s some interesting stuff going on with the two contoured handles creating a disk shape, with the circular silver medallion bearing the Samsung logo in the middle. It reminds us a bit of an old vinyl record, which we doubt was the intention but it looks good regardless.

The Samsung is also the larger of the two devices but despite this it’s lighter and thinner than the HP.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


The TouchPad’s display has a 9.7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with fairly straightforward features including multi-touch input, an accelerometer and a gyro sensor for interface orientation.

The screen resolution is 768 x 1024 pixels and as well as sharing the same display size with the iPad 2 it also has the same pixel density at 132 pixels-per-inch (ppi).

Samsung’s larger Galaxy tablet is equipped with a 10.1-inch PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen, the resolution is a bit higher than HP’s at 800 x 1280 pixels as is the pixel density at 149ppi.

The Galaxy Tab comes with the TouchWiz UX user interface installed and, like its opponent, sports multi-touch input along with accelerometer and gyro sensors.

A larger screen with a higher resolution and pixel density sounds like a winning combination to us and means the Samsung is our favourite for this category.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


HP’s tablet comes in both 16GB and 32GB variants, either option will grant you 1GB of RAM for assisting the processor in its duties. There’s no card slot though, which is a shame, while internal storage is a higher priority it’s always nice to be flexible.

The Galaxy Tab’s setup is pretty much identical right down to the absence of a card slot, so it’s not offering to pick up where the HP falls, however, there is an additional 64GB option for internal memory so it does have that to its advantage.

The extra-large internal space option for the Samsung makes it the winner here, but we doubt anyone would be disappointed with what the HP is offering either – unless you really want card support in which case you’ll need to look elsewhere anyway.

Winner – Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1

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