Actually, I believe delaying it would've been worse. They had committed to summer, so another couple of months of delay could have quite a negative impact on image (or whatever other measure you want to use), whereas releasing now, on schedule, and then simply fixing it via OTA updates is much less of an impact.
Originally Posted by stri8ed
Specially since HP must realize that their sales ramp up will be (much?) slower than Apple's, Samsung's or any of the top selling tablets now. And they also must (it's the only way, really) be able to stomach a long sales cycle. At least I remember hearing Rubinstein saying in a recent interview that they're in it for the long haul -or something of that nature; I'll see if I can find the actual interview.
And so, with this slow but steady sales growth, HP can even afford to send smaller OTA updates with more frequency, so that the improvements will be felt earlier.
//edit: and here's Jon's interview with the quote I mentioned earlier. It wasn't too far off.
IMNSHO, the "Possibly No. 1." quote we could all have done without it. Not because it isn't possible -it is, but maybe in 3-5 years. Being THAT far off, in the tech world, anyone hearing that will just laugh it off, so no reason making yourself an easy target.
Bradley and Rubinstein say that if the TouchPad's reception is lukewarm initially, they'll be patient.
"We have a really good opportunity to become No. 2 in tablets fairly quickly," Rubinstein says. "Possibly No. 1."
But if they stay the course, focus and don't fksc things up, webOS has a really good chance.