HP TouchPad  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released July, 2011

HP TouchPad

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • webOS 3.0
Front view of HP TouchPad
7.2 Out of 10
It's got support for Adobe Flash built in, a standard USB connector for charging or connecting to your computer, Beats Audio-powered stereo speakers and wireless charging using HP's Touchstone technology.
by TechRadar (Jun, 2011)
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.8 Out of 10
In our experience, it’s able to pump out a solid one-day of heavy usage, which is pretty much the standard mark we’ve comfortably become accustomed to expect with today’s tablets.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of TouchPad vs Air


Processing power and speed

iPad Air
Passmark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

iPad Air
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPad Air
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPad Air
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, reviews.cnet.com, trustedreviews.com and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call


Which tablet has better performance for the money?

iPad Air

Apple iPad Air 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Air  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of TouchPad vs iPad Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple cores

iPad Air
Physics Test (CPU) (Longer bars indicate better performance).
iPad Air | by c|net (Oct, 2013)

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

3,843 ms
iPad Air
1,808 ms
Although we can't say we noticed many apps running twice as fast, everything from Safari to GarageBand definitely ran faster on the newer model.
iPad Air | by TrustedReviews (Apr, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of HP TouchPad

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Supports Adobe Flash Yes vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Faster javascript execution 1,808 ms vs 3,843 ms 2.1x better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More processing power 2,157 vs 1,708 More than 25% better passmark score
Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Much thinner 8.6 mm vs 13.7 mm More than 35% thinner
Marginally newer Nov, 2013 vs Jul, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Lighter 610 g vs 740 g Around 20% lighter
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Longer battery life 10 hour vs 8.5 hour Around 20% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly faster Bluetooth 24 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v4.0) vs 3 Mbit/s (Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR) 8x faster Bluetooth
Smaller 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm vs 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm Around 40% smaller
Slightly faster processor 1.3 GHz vs 1.2 GHz Around 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

TouchPad  vs iPad Air 

Despite not seeing a boost in resolution, the iPad 2's display is still the best we've seen on a tablet with bright and vivid colours, impressive black levels (making videos look that much better), and of course all important superb viewing angles.
iPad Air

As for its front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, it’s ideal enough for our FaceTime sessions, but when it comes to still image quality, we wouldn’t necessarily say we’d rely on it much.
iPad Air

Even if Apple had gone the route of using a Carl Zeiss lens and a 10-megapixel sensor, the iPad 2 just isn't a replacement for a camera or smartphone.
iPad Air

It's also good for gaming - you can play turn-based games like office favourite Strategery with ease, since they don't require a particularly quick Internet connection.
iPad Air


6.9 Out of 10
8.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


TouchPad  vs
iPad Air 
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
PPI 131 ppi 131 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1.3 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


TouchPad  vs
iPad Air 
Internal storage 16 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A N/A

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes No
Webcam 1.3 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP


USB support USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 740 g 610 g
Size 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 13.7 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 8.5 hour 10 hour
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