It’s not quite a BlackBerry PlayBook-style disaster, but the HP TouchPad has received decidedly mixed reviews since its arrival in the US a couple of weeks ago.
However, HP’s Todd Bradley promises the first in a series of webOS 3.0 updates in about a week from now, and the TouchPad is also set to get a proper launch.
Yep, apparently the TouchPad’s July 1 release in the States was simply a “soft launch”. HP will shortly crank up the advertising and promotion.
Former Palm CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is now head of product development and innovation for HP’s personal systems group (tablets, smartphones and PCs). Referring to the poor TouchPad reviews, he suggested that “our audiences get that webOS has the potential for greatness”.
Rubinstein added that: “most of the issues they cite are already known to us and will be addressed in short order by over-the-air software and app catalog updates.”
If you’re not entirely put off, you can grab an HP TouchPad from Amazon or Play from tomorrow. The 16GB Wi-Fi only model is £399.99, and the 32GB model will set you back £479.99. The iPad 2 is the same price. I'm saying nothing.