So I thought I'd share my brief thoughts on my two most recent tablet experiences... the now infamous HP Touchpad, and the massively under-rated Motorola Xoom (version 1)
Having picked up a Touchpad 32gb in the firesale, and having never owned a 'tablet' before (I had owned / used a win xp based umpc though), first impressions were pretty positive.
It felt pretty quick, and I immediately loved the webOS interface and multi-tasking experience. True to form though, I used it religiously for the first month or two - overclocked it, did the whole pre-ware thing (which was a massive improvement) - BUT over time then started to find myself more and more find myself putting it down in favour of my mobile (galaxy s2) and the android OS.
Do I think android is the better os? No, but it did have the range of apps I use daily that the touchpad simply didnt have. Cyanogen mod7 was floating about, but I tried it and it left a lot to be desired (im sure cm9 will be great though).
So I sold it (plus accessories) for exactly what I'd paid for them, and scooped up a brand new original Motorola Xoom (no accessories) for the same amount.
Again first impressions - I much prefer the aspect ratio / size of the xoom, imo its much more comfortable to hold for extended periods. I've no idea if the weights are different, but to me they feel about as hefty as one another - its no ipad2 weight wise thats for sure. Build quality (like the touchpad) is spot on, and I'd rate the screens themselves as roughly the same quality too.
Honeycomb was pretty nice, but doesnt feel very 'smooth' on the xoom; there was plenty of lag in menus / transitions despite the tegra2 inside (which suprised me), though the android expereince itself was fine (bar the expected app compatibility).
What has absolutely MADE this tablet for me now though, is the official ICS update - flashed the US wifi only firmware as soon as the US ICS ota update went live; on reboot immediately got the download on my xoom - WOW what a difference!
Menu's etc are all buttery smooth, with no discernable lag. Everything works, and 95% of my apps are fine and scale beautifuly.
Took the plunge and rooted (retaining the stock IML77 update), and swapped in an overclockable kernel - Im now happily running a daily 1.7ghz, and am exceptionally pleased with the performance.
For the price I genuinely cannot recomend this tablet enough - if you want an 'entry level' android tablet, and can get one for under £250, seriously get one - you WONT be dissapointed.
Final word - I will say however, that for both tablets, with the touchpad at 1.6ghz OC and the xoom at 1.7ghz oc, my galaxy s2 is STILL faster than both.
Firing up an app on the xoom vs gs2, is still quicker on the galaxy, and its definitely smoother still for general use vs the xoom. However I appreciate that the xoom etc are a much higher res screen, and I bought them for times when a little screen just wont do