To all the haters and those confused by the haters' remarks:
There is no "rooting" of this device... it is wide-open for you do do anything you want. You don't need to exploit a security flaw (as in all Android or iOS devices) to "root" it. All you have to do is follow *trivial* instructions and enable developer mode.
The fire-sale is over... yeah, $149 was a phenomenal deal on a $599 tablet, but the fire-sale is over. Again, the fire-sale is over! (it was a FIRE-SALE, google the term)
They don't make these any more, they haven't since last year... this is obviously NOS (New/Old-Stock). They won't be making any more and no-one will ever sell them new for $150 again - deal with it.
There is no other tablet on the market with specs close to this for nearly this cheap.
1. NEW (not refurb)
2. 1GB of RAM (that's 1024MB if you don't know how to convert, double that in nearly any other tablet that costs $150 more)
3. Dual-core Snapdragon 1.2GHz CPU that is trivially overclockable to 1.7GHz (and many are running it at 1.9GHz). I don't see the need as mine is amazingly fast at the stock speed.
4. Excellent display, even in sunlight (I live in S. Florida, so anyone who says they can't see it in sunlight hasn't seen one). I run mine at 30% brightness during the day and rarely have to raise it above that. If you want to know the display quality, it's exactly the same as an iPad 1 (same part number, as a tear-down site learned).
5. LOUD *stereo* speakers. This thing is the loudest tablet I've heard, and the speakers sound phenomenal.
6. 32GB internal storage, not 2GB or 4GB like those with comparable prices.
7. Very sensitive and accurate capacitive multitouch (10-point, I believe, not 2-point like some of the cheap tablets on the market).
8. Inductive (wireless) charging... no other tablet has this. Get a Touchstone and you'll wonder What Tiny Flowers other manufacturers are thinking making you plug in a cable all the time.
9. 6300mAh battery... nearly double the capacity of the gTablet, just for example. No other tablet near this price has such an enormous battery. Mine is typically >50% at night when I charge it after watching an hour of videos (on the train on the way to work and back), playing games, reading PDFs, websurfing, etc... and that's on unoptimized ALPHA ICS installation. WebOS is *much* more efficient, I'd be at >98% battery after watching 1/2 hour of video by the time I got to work (GPU-optimized hardware-accelerated decompression in WebOS).
10. Multiple-OSes with dual-boot. I go back and forth between CN (not CM) ICS and WebOS with mine with no issues at all.
All that said, it is not without problems:
1. Fingerprints. Get the HP case that doubles as a stand - it works great and protects from scratches too (this sleeve won't do that). Currently $9.99 on Amazon.
2. Cracks near the speakers. This is a known design-flaw. Google it, you'll find tons of people with this problem. Mine has one, but you have to hold it *just right* to even be able to see it... it doesn't bother me enough to return it.
3. Not as many apps as Android or iOS on WebOS. This is true, but it also means it's much easier to find what you want without wading through enormous amounts of garbage and low-quality apps that suck up your personal info for their own use.
4. Weight. They didn't magically make the enormous battery (or integrated inductive charger) lighter than it can be with current technology... so yeah, it's heavier than an iPad 1. If you find an iPad 1 heavy, you need to work out more.
5. No SD card slot. This one is annoying to me personally... I'd really like the ability to simply swap cards as I watch a lot of videos on this thing (mostly TED talks and training videos from MIT's OCW program, and I've got a lot of 'em) and I've got an enormous amount of PDFs (mostly manuals and documentation for Solaris and Sun/Oracle hardware).
So, seriously folks, this is one amazing device... the stock OS is brilliant with real multitasking, not task suspending/switching like Android and iOS have.
It is real Linux, unlike Android. Yes, I know Android uses the Linux kernel, but anything you see or interact with is JAVA, not a native Linux application. Even the scripting in Android (via SL4A) is interpreted in Java, not native. The multitasking is therefor handled by (and limited by) Java, the Linux scheduler has nothing to do with it.
The UI is so easy to learn it's incredible. Luddites have no problem learning it. If you think it's hard to use, you haven't tried at all. I picked this up and was comfortable with it in 5 minutes. I find my wife's iPad infuriating to deal with compared to WebOS (or Maemo, on my N900, N800, and 770). Android in comparison is OK... nothing to get excited about. Took weeks to get used to Gingerbread, at least a week to get used to ICS... both pale in comparison to the ease-of-use and integration of WebOS.
If you buy one, update the OS 1st. Unlike other OSes, this won't add "security features" that lock you out from doing other things.
Next install Pre-ware. Again, no "rooting" involved, this is not a locked down OS... you'll open up access to a lot of really cool applications.
There are many tweaking guides out there, webosnation is your friend.
The stock OS is the most stable I've used in a mobile device.
That said, if you want to dual-boot Android, check out XDA Developers... many are happy with CM9, I'm very happy with ClassicNerd. Both are in Alpha, but they're amazingly stable.
I installed Android as I'm a very curious person and figured I'd try it before buying a PDF reader for WebOS - Adobe Reader (on WebOS and Android) could not suck more (try it on a 1200 page PDF some time and you'll never use it again). I found ezPDF (free on Android) and absolutely love it.