First HP TouchPad reviews show that it is not ready to take on the Apple iPad.
The HP TouchPad is officially going on sale tomorrow, but reading the reviews you are better off not to get it. The issue is not WebOS, but the mainly the hardware. HP was not able to develop the cutting edge hardware that the webOS deserves. The reviews also uncover some sluggish behavior and bugs in webOS, but that supposed to be fixed soon with a software update. What is not going to be fixed in the first HP TouchPad is that its perceived as mediocre when compared to the iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Tab. TechReplic, who took the HP TouchPad apart brings it to the point: "The HP TouchPad is made like a PC."
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If you are a webOS fan you can only hope that developers still embrace the HP TouchPad and make great apps that are ready when HP is launching the TouchPad II that engineered at the level of an iPad or Galaxy Tab. I could not find a review that is recommending the TouchPad over an iPad 2.
Bloomberg reports that HP is in talks to license webOS. This is good news as HTC, Samsung, LG and others seem to be better equipped making sleak tablet hardware than HP is at the moment.