I want to love the TouchPad. It's the first webOS tablet, and while I'd appreciate the ability to choose between a number of devices sporting the mobile platform, I'll take anything at this point that doesn't involve a full QWERTY keyboard and slider form factor (because let's be honest, the numerous variations of the Pre's design are getting old). On paper, it's ready to compete with the best of them: 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 9.7-inch display, and wireless connectivity to your webOS-powered smartphone so you can make phone calls and send text messages directly from the tablet.
The HP TouchPad is available in 16 GB and 32 GB flavors for $499 and $599, respectively. I've been working with the tablet over the past few days, and have discovered the following:
Unfortunately, the issues with the TouchPad are part of a bigger issue. HP's handling of webOS can be equated to that child that you know has a great deal of potential, but you watch in sadness as their parents encourage them to make foolish decisions. While it has suffered from a lack of developer support a handful of other logistical things, webOS in itself is an excellent OS. It offers some of the best multitasking capabilities on the market, and is one of the few mobile OSes out there that I'd recommend to anyone from a first-time buyer to advanced user. It's one of those operating systems that "just works," and on several occasions, I find myself going through native apps thinking "why haven't other platforms thought of that?"
webOS is an operating system that I want to see succeed, but the combination of lackluster hardware and unnecessary delays between product announcements and release dates endangers the platform. At this point, it's anyone's guess as to whether they can turn it around and make it a serious contender in the marketplace.