08/07/2011, 02:33 PM
I will be purchasing my TouchPad within the next week or so, (just missed the great discounts this weekend but I will still find value in the next few days), having went to Staples and Best Buy to get my hands on the device. First off I must say that the enormous amount of criticism that most tech rags and blogs have offered appear to be unwarranted and unfair. I agree that HP has in general done a pretty terrible job with product rollout, (Pre 3 anyone? I got so sick of waiting for that I got an HTC Trophy instead), however from the research I have been pouring over for the last few weeks including my impression felt having held the device in my hands, the TouchPad appears to be a fine tablet in a sea of also-rans.
Consider the fact that the OS is hands down better than any other OS available for the tablet platform given its fluidity and true multitasking capability. It is natural and intuitive. It is everything that Apple and Android are not. That alone is reason enough to give the TouchPad some credit. As far as hardware in concerned, the device is well put together and everyone who keeps crying about the back being a 'fingerprint magnet' probably needs to look at what the TouchPad can actually DO as opposed to the aesthetics. Trust me, I am not worried about how the back of the device looks while I am using it! Also when you purchase a nice case for it the complaint is moot.
The chipset and 1 gig of RAM are very good for the platform as well. It simply has enough raw power to plow through just about any application you throw at it despite webOS being a little sluggish in its boot time. Consider too that the device is a developer's dream. It is to the homebrew community what vulcanized rubber was to the auto industry. The nearly wide open platform that is webOS allows developers and users the massive ability to create and tweak and personalize each device in ways that Apple and even Android platforms can only dream about at this stage.
Are there bugs? Yup. Apple and Android still have em too. However, even at this early stage, HP's OTA update(s) coupled with the homebrew community tweaks, (try overclocking an iPad), allow the TouchPad to grow exponentially in terms of its real world usefulness. The people who have been down on the device have NO patience or foresight. The device doesn't have to be like the Apple or Android tablets. It has effective carved its own unique niche in an already crowded market where all the tablets look and or feel the same. It will grow and blossom given a little time. In the meantime I can't wait to get my own so that I can continue to embrace a platform that is already great because its NOT an Apple or some fragmented mishmash that Android has proven itself to be.