Originally Posted by iGenius
But I note that much of the coverage has been negative.
Then you're not paying attention. "Much" of the geek press has been lukewarm, but (as noted many times here, correctly) this isn't positioned as a geek device. Many blogs and press writeups have noted this, which gives the lie to your implication. The real point here is to create a consumer device that changes the landscape for how users interact with an O/S, thereby simplifying and focusing the whole experience on specific functions, not on system capabilities that many don't understand or access.
Whether or not it's going to be a success, who knows. But while the initial buzz was in the geek crew (present company included), the real fuel behind this will come from the rest of the market. And that's by design, as Apple has made crystal clear.
Expand your knowledge of "coverage" before you characterize it. Or continue to look uninformed.