V3.co.uk readers appear to be split in their opinion of the much-hyped TouchPad tablet from HP, some dismissing it as an also-ran but similar numbers saying it could prove to be a big seller if it competes on price and comes to market quickly.
The HP TouchPad was launched in a blaze of publicity last week, boasting a 9.7in screen, a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 16GB or 32GB of memory.
The tablet, unveiled at a special event in San Francisco, supports Flash, unlike the iPad, has a forward-facing camera for videoconferencing and comes with Quickoffice to allow editing of Word and Excel files.
HP is hoping that its substantial investment in Palm, which it acquired for the webOS platform that powers the tablet, will pay off, with more tablet devices and smartphones set for launch later in the year.
However, many V3.co.uk readers were sceptical of HP's chances of success in challenging the iPad and the Android tablets on offer, many of which were showcased at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
A whopping 40 per cent of respondents to our HP TouchPad poll said that the device doesn't offer anything more than the tablets already on the market, such as the iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has proved popular since its launch.
A third of respondents, however, thought that the TouchPad could prove a big seller if it manages to beat the iPad and Android tablets on price, which early indications suggest is possible.
Carolina Milanesi, a research vice president at Gartner, suggested at its launch that the TouchPad is likely to cost around $600 (£375).
"The pricing is going to be crucial. HP needs to avoid making a mistake like Motorola's pricing of the Xoom at $800 [£499], and go for a wider market," she told V3.co.uk at the time.
A further 11 per cent of readers said it depended when the TouchPad finally comes to market. It has already been upstaged by the Android devices out there, and any further procrastination by HP could be fatal.
More worryingly for HP, is the fact that a mere eight per cent of V3.co.uk readers thought the device would be a big seller.
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