HP TouchPad hits Australia with a resounding ‘meh’

“HP unveiled its new webOS-powered TouchPad tablet to the Australian media [yesterday] morning, and it was met with a resounding “meh,'” Adam Turner reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.

“Anthony McMahon, vice president of HP webOS, took to the stage to sell the TouchPad’s virtues – but what we saw was yet another also-ran,” Turner reports. “The TouchPad has a Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM under the bonnet, but you wouldn’t know it based on the sluggish hands-on performance… The TouchPad’s menus are slow to rotate, it’s sometimes slow to respond to touches and the browsing experience falls short of Mobile Safari and the Honeycomb browser.”

“McMahon kept throwing around the word ‘unique’ but could offer very little to back it up. Things didn’t turn ugly, but McMahon copped a few brutally honest questions such as a straight out ‘why would I buy one?'” Turner reports. “‘The way you interact with the device is unique,’ we were told, although we didn’t see anything ground-breaking.”

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Turner reports, “It’s hard to find a reason to get excited about the TouchPad… With no killer feature to capture the imagination, HP’s TouchPad will have a tough job winning people away from the competition.”

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MacDailyNews Take:
HP descent

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “macca” for the heads up.]

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  1. HP’s expertise nowadays mostly consists of manufacturing plastic encrusted junk. I don’t see the TouchPad deviating much from this. HP hasn’t offered anything unique in the consumer area for quite some time.

    Having owned an HP handheld before I shudder at the thought of owning anything made by HP. HP’s thought process seems to be to manufacture something for as cheap as possible without any thought to design functionality. This is an area where Apple excels.

    The HP handheld running Windows Mobile 6 was the worst piece of crap I’ve ever owned. I don’t think HP did any usability tests before foisting it on an unsuspecting public. The salesman I talked to told me that it was a better alternative to Palm and I took his word for it. It was a complete disaster to say the least. I will never trust anything with an HP brand on it – I know it will turn out to be an extremely disappointing experience.

    So now HP is trying to foist this piece of crap TouchPad on an Australian public. I’m sorry but it just won’t work. There’s no chance anyone with an IQ above 20 will touch the TouchPad with a 20′ barge pole. In fact a leper would be more welcome in my home than the TouchPad. There’s no pulling wool over the eyes of the Australians – they know crap when they see it.

    The TouchPad will fizzle out like a damp squib and will be quickly consigned to the bottom of the Great Australian Bight.

    1. I reminisce back in the day to my youth when HP made the best calculators, functional, unique, great design and finish, best user interface. Actually, I wish I still had one, that is how great they were.

  2. HP should really staff up its QA dept. Apple never announce anything when its ready for release with 100% certainty. HP and other companies announce their products when its at alpha stage!! I guess HP is learning something from MSFT, huh?! 🙂

  3. “There’s no chance anyone with an IQ above 20 will touch the TouchPad with a 20′ barge pole.”

    Those with an IQ below 20 all have Android tablets already. HP just can’t win.

  4. So in other words he failed to provide a visual representation of his “unique” on the POS! Maybe he should have brought up some FLASH video sites to show how unique his POS was. 😉

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