06/30/2011, 11:10 AM
No video out. Period. For people hoping to use the TouchPad as a laptop replacement, for a tool to display presentations or as a mobile media server, this seriously devalues the TouchPad. It's also a feature that EVERY major tablet released in the past 1.5yrs has. Even the iPad1 can do video out for some apps.
Hardware is lackluster at best. No GPS in Wifi only model. No rear camera. No HDMI out. Middle to lower screen resolution. No microSD expandable memory. A 32GB maximum storage model. Medicore battery life (being comparable to the Xoom isn't a compliment).
Reviews are showing or detailing the fact that the TouchPad stops responding and lags out from time to time, has application problems/crashes. There is still the long, long boot time, too. webOS 3.0 seems to be fairly buggy, and while maybe not as buggy as Honeycomb... that's not saying anything at all. There would be nothing exciting about the device if it were as buggy as Honeycomb. All this after Leo Apotheker was supposedly driving his developers nuts so HP could release a perfect TouchPad.
Reviews say features that were supposed to set the TouchPad apart aren't available at launch. Quick Office editing, Touch to Share (need the Veer to get an update and the Pre3? where is it?), and Touch Stone Charging dock isn't available yet.
Application options are thin, as expected, but just because the app selection is expected to suck doesn't mean it's somehow not a negative on the device. No Netflix, no camera app???, no full quick office, etc.
Couple the lackluster to poor hardware with the still buggy OS, the lack of applications, the super expensive accessories, and the premium base price, and it's really, really hard to justify buying the TouchPad for me.