The reviewers are right. Consider this:
A review, and the score that comes with it, are a way of ranking the quality of the product compared to its peers (certainly, a DSLR that got 9 in 2001, wouldn't get 9 today...).
Readers of reviews expect the scores to form a total order, this is, if the iPad 2 got 9, and the Galaxy Tab got 8, and the Touchpad got 7, then it means the quality (and the reviewer purchases recommendation) folows the same order:
iPad 2 > Galaxy Tab > Touchpad
Along the review, goes the reviewer prestige, if a reader sees an iPad 2 with score x, and then the Touchpad with the same (or higher) score, and goes on to buy a Touchpad, only to later see an iPad 2 and think "this is much better (better build quality, faster, more functional, more apps, video-out, two cameras, slimmer, lighter)", then the reviewer prestige goes down. They can't recommend a product out of promises, because readers don't buy promises, but current products. If the Touchpad is an inferior device at launch (and hardware wise), not a single reviewer should give it a higher score than its competitors.
This requires objectivity, because sometimes we don't prefer the best product of the bunch, but rather we like one for any (subjective) reason. The Touchpad is, right now, and inferior product, despite how much you love it (and actually, you all love WebOS, there's no way you truly love the hardware) you should be able to realize this.
I had a WebOS device. I actually bought a Pre 2, I like it. Would I recommend it over an iPhone or similarly priced Android device? Of course not.