07/01/2011, 07:18 AM
So - I bought at TouchPad yesterday (6/30/11) - I was one of the lucky ones that scored one early at a local Best Buy (Worcester, MA). I bought this on an impulse, I'm a launch day Pre- user (still have original Pre). As soon as I bought the TP I ran to my car, fired up freetether and logged into the TP. Things went well, my impressions of the device were all positive. Everything on that device is well thought out, and just needs a few tweaks to make it stellar.
The reason I am returning it is because I am finding it really hard to justify the cost of the thing ($637 including tax for the 32gb model - and yeah, I would have used the $50 rebate too, had I kept it). I played with it all evening, and it was awesome - but I have a perfectly good working laptop that'll connect to the internet while on the go (through freetether on my Pre-) and I just can't part with that kind of money for a Tablet that can't completely replace my laptop. I use my laptop for picture storage, document creation and movie creation - which is hard on a tablet (no SD slot, no movie editor, and no doc editor). I'm sure these things will come in time - but I just can't justify the cost right now. Even if there were apps for all of those things, and an SD slot - I would still probably wait a few more years before I jump into the Tablet market. Don't get me wrong, this thing is awesome - and if I had more spare change lying around - I probably would have kept it. But, I have a 14 moth old baby, a mortgage, and a stay-at-home wife - it's not easy parting with over $600 for a toy. I will always continue to support WebOS and I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for that Sprint Pre3 , if I don't see one on the horizon, and my Pre- fails me, I'll probably graduate to a Franken Pre2... if I can figure that one out.
UPDATE: I updated the title - as it was misleading, many people probably thought I was returning it due to bad reasons. I did buy this on an impulse, although I've been following webOS since June 2009, I hadn't fully committed myself to being OK with spending $600+ on the TP, I went out and bought one yesterday just because people were having luck at BestBuys getting it a day early - it was a damn good trial experience, and I wish I had more money, but I'm sure I'll have one of these in "the coming years".