HP TouchPad  vs Apple iPad Air 

Released July, 2011

HP TouchPad

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • webOS 3.0
Front view of HP TouchPad
7.3 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
7.9 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


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

HP TouchPad 

TabletRocket recommends the HP TouchPad  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
Apple seemingly turned the wick up a bit here, with Geekbench indicating a processor speed of 1.39GHz, versus the 1.29GHz on the iPhone 5S.
iPad Air | by c|net (Oct, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of HP TouchPad

Reasons to consider the
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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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More processing power 2,185 vs 1,708 Around 30% 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
Significantly lighter 478 g vs 740 g More than 35% lighter
Much thinner 7.5 mm vs 13.7 mm More than 45% thinner
Marginally newer Nov, 2013 vs Jul, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 263 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
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
Significantly better performance per dollar 3.3 pt/$ vs 0.4 pt/$ Around 8.2x better performance per dollar
Significantly smaller 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm vs 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm 2.1x smaller
Faster processor 1.4 GHz vs 1.2 GHz More than 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster

Reviews Word on the street

TouchPad  vs 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

That period was punctuated by two updates, bringing faster chips and a better display, but it’s a full refresh we’ve all been waiting for, something to make the good ol' iPad look and feel truly new.
iPad Air


6.9 Out of 10
9.1 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 2048 x 1536
PPI 131 ppi 263 ppi


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


Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 1.2 GHz 1.4 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 478 g
Size 240 x 190 x 13.7 mm 169.5 x 240 x 7.5 mm
Thickness 13.7 mm 7.5 mm
Battery life 8.5 hour 10 hour
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