This is slightly off-topic, but really only slightly. I remember in the early days of laptops, when there was a mad rush for the finish line of lightest (thin wasn't really in yet, this was in the late 90's).
Originally Posted by nyallj
I had a Compaq laptop that was not too heavy, but was seduced by what I was reading about the new Sony Vaio laptos. I don't remember the specs, but they were significantly lighter. I bought the Sony, and was pleased with the computer overall, but then I noticed something one day when I was putting things away in my laptop bag.
The Sony had a nice big brick power supply. Don't know what the thing weighed, but I'm sure it was at least a pound, maybe two. The Compaq I had just replaced had the power supply built in to the computer. While it added weight to the laptop, it also meant that I could simply use a basic power cord instead of a device specific power supply.
Since I had to carry the power supply with me in my bag, there was no net savings in weight. As a matter of fact, the Sony (with a larger screen) was slightly heavier when the brick was factored in.
The Sony may have been "lighter" for a person carrying it from room to room, sitting around a dorm with no power connected, etc, but for me - who took it to client sites and ran it 8-10 hours at time requiring the power supply, the lighter weight was in fact heavier.
For HP we see the same sort of thing with the Veer. If corded headsets are needed/desired for the users, than the proprietary magnetic connector (which I think is a great thing) has to be factored in when deciding on that the size is an advantage. If a person is using BT headsets, it's not a factor.
So, how's this tie in to the OP - all of these factors have to be factored in for the use by an individual user. In spite of the claims about what consumers do and do not want, the only consumer important to a buyer is the consumer that is currently buying.
If the TouchPad's speakers are such that the OP won't need headsets for his use, but for comparable use the iPad2 will, then headsets need to be factored in for price, weight, and yes, even "thinness" characteristics.
Pooh-poohing that need by fans of a particular device notwithstanding, those features that are important to a buyer are important.