Went to Best Buy an played with a TP for about an hour, then the Ipad2 for some time. A couple of points:
-What the heck is a few ounces? Ipad 1 sold pretty well at about the same size?!?! For a small few I am sure its a big deal, but its a negligible difference and in no way a deal breaker, especially when its probably going to replace someones laptop.
-I had NO SLUGGISHNESS AT ALL.... NONE. I tried. I had 3 games going (stacked), a video preview, email stacked with two replies, bluetooth (synched with my pre-) card up and the calendar..... I tried to slow it down. No problems at all.
-Document editing will come...... it did with the Ipad which didn't have it at launch either..... that really stopped that product, didn't it?
-Video's looked great. Not sure what the Engadget review was talking about. Sure, if your REALLY into video and the differences he talked about are noticible to you, it may be a deal breaker. But for the average viewer it will be just fine.
-Call forwarding paired first try and worked flawlessly.
Bottom line will be the apps. They get those, and its on. The main thing I think the reviewers (CNET, Engadget, PC World) are missing is the multi-tasking. Sure, it didn't save the Pre and they reference it, but I REALLY think they underestimate how much it will be a part of the average persons use on a tablet. Just like desktops became peoples main devices and its hard to imagine owning one without true multitasking these days, the same will be with tablets that will in most ways replace the desktop. I fly a lot, and to this day people will see me at a website while airborne (on my pre-) and ask if I'm online. I just say no and explain how I just load a webpage early in the day, leave that card up, and when I have time go back and read it. Sure, you can basically do that on the Ipad, but not nearly as well with calendars, movies or whatever is on the docket that day. I had done all of the above to try and crash the TP, and when I went to the Ipad, there really is no way to see what your running and flow between them. It just always bogged down hitting the home button, it totally felt old school after having about 6 or 7 cards open on the TP. I knew that the Ipad couldn't do it obviously, but I didn't expect it to feel so important. Sure, on a phone multi-tasking is a nice feature, but not a deal breaker, its just a phone and not THAT useful enough to want to give in on the shortcomings to keep it for most. On a tablet...... I think its a way bigger deal, I could imagine working with all my cards up and just leaving things running/ stacked all day and being able to stop/start backup right where I left off as the days flow allowed. When I tried to imagine that on the Ipad I really couldn't. Anyways, I don't have the dough, but if I did, prob the TP and cross my fingers the apps and couple of upgrades came through. I know that hopes for a lot, but the flow of the device is just hard to turn down. And FWIW, the Best Buy guy who got the TP, once he saw how I was using the cards, he stood there and watched me play with it for a while. He seemed a little dumbfounded and was a little surprised, especially when I asked him to call me to test the call forwarding. He was like, "I had no idea that thing could do all that!" He was impressed, and recognized the benefits right away. If the average consumer can recognize it once shown like he did, they will sell a few units for sure. Hopefully its enough to get the app ball rolling big time.