For me, its going to be about functionality and UI of the Operating System. I think the samsung will have the best internal hardware, the iPad the best external hardware, but the TouchPad has BY FAR the best Software. Plus, its not like the internals of the TouchPad are bad. Trust me, I am no Qualcomm fan.... in fact, if you have read my previous posts, you will know that I almost hate Qualcomm. However, they have stepped it up with the Adreno 220. I just hope that the processor part of it works as well.
Also, it has very nice functionality with the touch to share, the forwarding of text and calls (i LOVE this feature. simply LOVE IT. Did I mention I LOVE IT?) The entire webOS user interface, the email client looks incredible, the support for citrix was GENIUS for business users, etc.
The TouchPad WILL be able to compete well if the retailers do a good job at it. 80% of the market doesn't know tablets. They need to be educated and educated well in the different operating systems and features. If a side by side comparison is made, here are the results:
iPad- Pros: TONS of apps, stable operating system, long battery life CONS: obtrusive notifications, lack of usable home scrreen, unbelievably clunky user interface (in the ways that it takes 17 steps to do one thing.), huge lack of functionality, and frankly, no impressive features anymore. They had it in 2007, but not in 2011. NOTHING about iPad says "wow" to me. Also, the BURDEN of having to connect iPad to the computer before use, and to sync music, and to sync contacts, and to...well... to do ANYTHING. The email client kinda sucks too. No notification light (why???). Setting not per app, but all in one place- requiring you to exit your app in order to change the settings for it (again... why???) I could go on, but I will stop.
Android 3.0: Pros: An actual tablet user interface. Speedy OS. Lots of functionality. Downloadable information from outside sources in the web. Google cloud support (google music, google docs, etc). Navigation included. Great browser. Widgets are good. Google Video Chat is a plus. Cons: lack of apps. Programs often force quit and are unstable. OS has a steep learning curve. OS is unorganized, as it is difficult to find where you want to go, but still very usable.
WebOS/TouchPad: Pros: closer to a desktop OS than iPad (much much closer). HP support- this will play out nicely in the future, especially with PC integration and peripheral integration. Printer HP support. Touch to Share. Forward Text and Calls. Incredible User Interface. Great notifications. Inductive charging. CONS: missing a lot of application support. HP silent about battery life. Plastic chassis instead of more durable materials. As far as I know, there is no mirrored video out support (this sucks a lot).
I have a motot XOOM right now and I really like it. But it is going to my girlfriend AS SOON as the TouchPad comes out. I was gonna get an iPad, but after owning an iPhone 4 and seeing for myself how primitive and limited the OS is, I had to go back to webOS (Pre 2) after 1 year of being away.
Of course, the biggest CON with the touchpad is that I don't have one in my hands yet!!