06/30/2011, 05:33 PM
They had 2 on display at Best Buy in Wilmington, NC. However one had no power, and the other one was at 0% when I got my hands on it, so it died a few minutes later. Both were plugged in, but they must have had some type of power supply issue (or it wasn't actually plugged into a socket).
First let me say that I'm impressed with the TouchPad. For some reason it looked larger in all the pictures and videos I've seen, but that's a good thing. It felt really good holding it.
It was very responsive and the webOS user interface seems to fit perfectly with the tablet form factor. I tried out the web browser and scrolling and zooming was very smooth. I tried out a few games that were installed (Glow Hockey and Paratrooper) and they both looked great.
I wanted to check out the app catalog, but it gave an error saying that it wasn't logged into a profile.
I tried out the music app and it has a nice, clean interface. But like it's smaller phone cousin, I still feel it's very bare bones. However when I started playing music, this is where the device really shined. I didn't expect a mobile device to sound this good.
Unfortunately as I mentioned the battery died, so I didn't get a chance to do much else with it. Which leads me to my review of Best Buy. As I was playing with the one unit that worked, 2 sales associates came up and started fiddling with the other one to figure out why it was powered off.
The one guy asked the other if he tried out the new tablet with the "new user interface". The other guy shrugged and said, "no". The first guy then said, it's the new tablet from HP running that new OS. The clueless guy then said, "you mean Android"? I then interjected and said, "no it's running webOS". The not-so-clueless guy then said, "yeah that's the old Palm OS. This is like a big Palm". The clueless guy then said, "oh ok".
So to summarize, I was impressed with the TouchPad, not so impressed with Best Buy's ability to sell it to customers. At least at this store, I can't see too many people buying it when they're powered off and the sales associates don't know any details about the product.