I went over to my neighborhood Best Buy today to play with a Touchpad before buying one, it wasn't pretty.
The first BB I went to had a HP POS up with 2 Veers, one was supposed to have a live demo unit, but it wasn't working. Under the Point of Sale were boxes of Touchpads, but no demo unit. A girl working that section asked me if I needed any help, I asked if they had any Demo touchpads for me to use, her response just killed me "Ummm...Touchpads? We have the Ipad2 over here."
Me: No. An HP Touchpad. Do you have any HP Touchpads that are live? A demo unit?"
Her: Which tablet are you looking for? We have a lot of tablets?
Me: "The Touchpad is the name of a tablet made by HP. It just got released over the weekend."
I then walked her over to the HP Point of sale and showed her the boxes. She apologized and said they don't have any, but if I want to buy one and don't like it, I can return it.
There was another Best Buy 10 minutes away, so I drove to that one; they had 2 Touchpad Demo units, only one was working--they also had a demo Veer unit that wasn't working. I was shocked at how slow the Touchpad was, my Pre- was more responsive. After playing with it for a little while, another customer complained that the 2nd unit wasn't working and that other BB he had come from had 2 Demo's, both of which weren't working. The employee gave some nonsensical reply about how they are new tablets. I offered to let the customer use my unit. I think he reset it or something, because when I went back to playing with it after he left, it was so much quicker. The apps jumped open when I launched them, when, before hand, it took almost 30 seconds for the mail and photos apps to open.
On another note, I was suprised at how heavy the Touchpad was. It seemed to be almost twice the weight of the Ipad2, then I realized why: All the demo units are locked, but the Ipad2 has a tiny magnetic lock on it, maybe the size of 3 or 4 stacked dimes. The Touchpad on the other hand had this monster locking attachment. It was half the size of a baseball. I picked up one of the packaged touchpads, and it was lighter than the display unit.
I drove home feeling crushed and Touchpad-less. I love WebOS. I drove to the store to buy a unit, but if the experience I had today is indicative of what's going on around the country, the Touchpad is going to be a disaster.