First of all, the TouchPad is beautiful. It’s iPad beautiful.
The case is glossy black plastic — a magnet for fingerprints,
unfortunately, but it looks wicked great in the first five
minutes. The WebOS is beautiful, too. It’s graphically coherent,
elegant, fluid and satisfying. That, apparently, is the payoff
when a single company designs both the hardware and the software.
(Android gadgets, by contrast, are a mishmash of different
versions and looks.)
It supposedly has a blazing-fast chip inside, but you wouldn’t
know it. When you rotate the screen, it takes the screen two
seconds to match — an eternity in tablet time. Apps can take a
long time to open; the built-in chat app, for example, takes seven
seconds to appear. Animations are sometimes jerky, reactions to
your finger swipes sometimes uncertain.
Very strong consensus among all the reviews I’ve read.