I don't know what the 'reviewers' reviewed, but so far it's a much better experience than what they portrayed.
I just watched 4 full screen 1080p Youtube video's (including Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)), with no jitter, frame loss, or any complaints. Smoooooooth and beautiful.
I fired up Google Music and streamed my music without a hitch. It does sound very good!
webOS has been great - a few little lags, but nothing major.
Keyboard is great for number row alone!
It does not feel like I'm going to drop it because of the finish.
My one complaint is the cut-outs for the speakers. But that is solved with a case or skin.
I'll play some more and provide more impressions later.
(Typed entirely from the Touchpad!)