Really? I'm sitting here waiting on a 2.1 update for my Pre2 while HP and Verizon argue about who's responsible for the three month delay! I'm always amazed at people who think they can decide what's best for me. I obviously love webOS or I would not have stuck with my Pre- till February and then bought a Pre 2! But the pattern is clear now ...
Originally Posted by stu5797
You see, software development is a process that can't easily be speeded up! You can add more bodies but that doesn't necessarily speed up the development process and may, in fact, slow it down. Contrast that with hardware development which, once you have a basic design working, it is much easier to make incremental changes such as a faster processor, more memory, additional I/O, etc. A small change can crash a whole OS! Plus, unfortunately, HP, as well as the other brands, have to rely on many partners to complete the "solution" ... Adobe, Qualcomm, Quickoffice, and many others. So, it's going to take time and many launches to "catch up" to the market.
The most unfortunate aspect of this launch is that it might hurt the Touchpad's perception with those partners. It's one thing to not have a feature, it's another to have a feature that doesn't work. webOS is way behind in its reliability and development and HP can throw money at it that Palm could not but that will take time. The good news is that HP's webOS "play" is about so much more than smartphones and tablets and they will not give up easily.
I'm also amazed that most of the reviewers don't get it regarding the thicker, heavier, and non-metal back. It's about touchstone!. That feature is a huge differentiator and it was the one feature that I couldn't leave behind ever time I looked at leaving webOS based hardware. You don't think HP could build a clone of the iPad2? Of course they could! But then it would just be an iPad2 and not Apple, and they would not sell any ...
So, as many posters have said, it's about what each individual wants and needs and can afford. And $50 cheaper would not get someone to buy a TouchPad if it doesn't serve that person's desire, needs, and budget! So, take a DEEP breath, do your own review of how it matches up with your CURRENT needs and budget and adjust your desire accordingly ...