(this applies to their other devices, too)
HP is pulling the same mistake that Palm did in 2009. They have some pretty great hardware right now. 1.4 GHz processor just shoved the DROID 2 global out of the top spot in terms of processor speed. Their resolution is good, and is definitely on par with every other Android device out there. It isn't quite up to the iPhone 4, but hey: that's OK. The RAM is good, and so is the screen size.
But, they are waiting too long. The iPhone 5 will come along in early June, and basically own the smartphone market for a month or so. If they launch after the iPhone 5 is launched, they screwed up. If they launch, say, a month before the iPhone 5, they screwed up: people will wait and see what Apple has, which (as always) will be made out to seem amazing. They need to get this out soon, and by soon, I mean March. But they aren't: instead, we get "summer."
A similar situation can be set up with the TouchPad and the iPad 2, as well as the other Android 3.0 tablets that will be released soon.
So, I'm thrilled for Palm and everything that was announced. However, I do wonder if they are making the same mistake twice.
Thoughts? Am I over-thinking it? Or am I missing something?