HP TouchPad 32GB Impressions

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hp-logoMy brother ordered a HP TouchPad 32GB for $149.99 off HP.ca last month. We had to wait a bit, but it finally arrived on Tuesday.

Obviously for $149.99, it’s not a bad tablet. It has its share of issues (that I’ll get into later), but the bottom line is that I wouldn’t have any regrets if I purchased one for myself.

Where did they hide the speed?

There’s a 1.2 GHz dual core CPU and 1GB of RAM in this tablet, but you wouldn’t know that from using it. Everything is slow. From the UI transitions, to the loading and even the response when typing. WebOS’ performance is spotty at best and terrible at its worst.

We had to tweak it and overclock it just to get it to a respectable level. If only there’s more we can do to get it iOS speeds.

Browsing is respectable

The web browser reminds me of a desktop browser which is the best compliment you can give a “mobile” device. I’m not directed to mobile sites and Flash works. In fact, it works surprisingly well on sites like YouTube. 720p video actually runs smoothly on the TouchPad unlike with that Dell Mini 9 netbook that I had.

The downsides? Performance and an overly aggressive cache system which requires me to manually refresh pages to get the latest site.

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Macbook Air 11″ 2011 First Impressions

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My Macbook Air finally came in today.

Apple products make great first impressions so don’t be surprised to see nothing, but praise for my Macbook Air in this initial post.

Gift Wrapped

Macbook Air 11-inch 2011- Box Front Macbook Air 11-inch 2011 - Top Box Macbook Air 11-inch 2011 - Box Side Macbook Air 11-inch 2011 - Box Open

As always, Apple packaging is impressive. Ever since the original iPod Nano, I’ve been impressed with how Apple packages their products. It’s easy to open and get, but it’s also quite secure.

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Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta Impressions

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I thought Uncharted 2’s multiplayer was surprisingly good, but issues with connectivity and matchmaking prevented me from playing for a brief period of time and I never went back.

Naughty Dog’s take on multiplayer was surprisingly good for their first attempt. It completely destroyed the notion of it being tacked on.

What I enjoyed most about it was its simplicity on the surface. It was a third person shooter where you could climb, take cover and shoot dudes in the face. The depth came through exploration of the game’s levels and abilities. For example, not many people knew that it was possible to pick up ammo while rolling over ammo. Those were simpler times.

In contrast, Uncharted 3’s multiplayer appears to be needlessly complicated at first, but upon closer inspection, it’s just a Call of Duty layer on top of Uncharted 2’s multiplayer.

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