Um. I see a lot of passionate folks here defending the TP. I too got my TP during the fire sale. 3.0.4 was the first thing I did when I got it, and my first impression was, "wow, this is considered 'snappier?'" I also remember finding me constantly telling myself, "well, at least it was only $99". I wasn't expecting an iPad, but I was certainly expecting a better performing device than what I got. Something else I remember being shocked about was that HP actually attempted to sell this device (mind you, before all the updates) for $500, what were they thinking.
I installed the "Advanced Browser" app, that was a big improvement over the default browser - the default browser is junk imo. I waited until the guide for applying the OC was updated for 3.0.4. By the time it was and I had the time to do so, my TP was almost unusable as it was just dragging. Post tweaks and the device became usable.
And I'm not knocking WebOS, I see the potential here, and I really really hope that HP sell this OS to a company that's actually going to build quality products and develop the OS. The flaws are HP's - I remember reading somewhere about how Rubinstein was not happy about the TP, and that he said it was not ready, but HP just rushed it to market anyways.
There are just basic things I can't do with this, like connect to an AdHoc WiFi, or bluetooth PAN, seriously, isn't this a pretty basic thing. There are limited apps (this I knew ahead of time), and that's with both the HP catalog and the amazing Preware group.
I didn't have big expectations for the TP and I wasn't planning on doing anything amazing with it, just some web browsing, email, and some other web related tasks. Oh, I realized later that this would be great for reading PDFs, of which there are a lot for my job. So I downloaded a bunch of PDFs and got ready to kick back and read the latest what have you - I couldn't believe how terrible the default PDF reader was. Then I was in disbelief that there weren't any better PDF reader apps. I finally found Picsel Smart Office which has an acceptable PDF reader built in - but even that still needs some work. This kinda falls into the very limited app catalog category.
Lets keep in mind that w/o the OverClocking and all other speed tweaks, this thing out of the box is a piece of "insert colorful metaphor".
My favorite thing about the Touchpad, which as far as I know is unique to the TP, is the TouchStone - it's just kinda slick.
I'm "OK" with the TP post tweaks, but it's no iPad, I mean it's not even in the same category - I'm sorry, but that's just the truth - but I also didn't spend $500 for an iPad (which btw is what HP was initially selling it for - boggles the mind). With the purchase of the TP, Touchstone, case, and apps, I figure I'm in for around $250.
I guess I can sum it up with this: I got what I paid for, but it certainly wasn't a bargain. I'll absolutely be making a donation to the Preware group as, without them, I'd feel pretty ripped off - HP should be paying them for fixing their mess.