So is anyone keeping tabs of how many times this thing has been delayed?
What's the point reviewing something that is in alpha test? Why is it even in the shop? TCL should have kept quiet until they were actually ready to release a product - no adverts, no mail-outs and no 'register your interest' campaign. Now they are having to deal with a social media backlash - incompetence if you ask me!
Apple have sold 1m+ iPad units in less than a month - all that design, testing and manufacturing happened in the quiet - they launch with a near perfect unit - I'm not an iFanboi, but you have to congratulate them for a job well done. TCL are showing us they have little to no real R&D, rubbish PR and that they don't care we get to hear about every delay in bringing the product to market.
Did Sky have the same problems - possibly - but did we hear about them? Not that I remember. Yes it's better to get the product right rather than releasing a product that keeps breaking down or needs to be patched weekly - but this is pointless and not helping their reputation.
Well as far as I can tell, they've been doing this constantly since Alan Freeth became CEO. The reason is obviously to get people to stay in anticipation of X being released "soon". Why release a competitive product or service early in the game when you can drag out the introduction for months or years, while keeping all your customers from leaving?