02/09/2013, 11:40 AM
I'm in a similar scenario, for the first time in 15 yrs I no longer carry a palm/palm related device. Shattered my screen as I mentioned in another thread and decided not to purchase another pre 3. The main reason is it's an unsupported phone and will not be eligible for openwebos.
Originally Posted by barryb20
I've used an iphone for the last week after a four year hiatus. There's been good progress in the UI from inability to copy/paste or rudimentary multitasking.
From my short experience webOS is still a superior core OS-multitasking, notifications, synergy, messaging and email are superior experiences on webOS.
iOS is limited by lack of a back button/gesture, i don't like the email interface and gmail isn't pushed due to Google's change of policy so it's a setback due to the fact that I could receive push email on my Pre 3.
However as an overall platform iOS is more useful which overcomes it's UI shortcomings. Certain apps that are crucial to me have been absent on the Pre3- examples are citrix receiver (never functioned on touchpad even though nominally provided) allows me to check on my patient's information everywhere. A tremendous help to my practice. Epocrates that originally made me acquire a handspring device has been absent from webOS for the last 2 years. Apps that give me access to services I'm already paying for like netflix, amazon prime and kindle are nice to have.
Third party support is one of the reasons I switched as I didn't want to buy another pre3 without a touchstone compatible case. Bluetooth integration with my car is far superior on iOS. For example with podcast audio streaming on my Pre the car's screen would show unknown audio whereas with iphone 5 the podcast's full information will be displayed.
On the performance side, the Pre 3 is no slouch compared to iphone 5. Surprisingly I've experienced lags and delays on the mighty iOS which I never experienced in webOS especially when I try to search for an item.
Lack of a keyboard is offset by Siri which is my default for searching for anything, writing emails and messages. iOS has a better browser even without flash. The Pre3's browser theoretically supported Flash but I could hardly ever watch or listen to flash content as it would inevitably crash. Podcasts are also superior on iOS due to both quantity and the fact that streams would always crash whichever webOS podcaster I used ( Dr Podder, podfrenzy, Guttenpodder).
Overall webOS was unnecessarily killed by Apothekar, with a little more investment it could have easily gained marketshare. It's still the best mobile OS by a mile. The shine is wearing off iOS, iphone 5 prompted many people to look at alternatives it's essentially an app drawer and I don't think I'll use it for more than a year as I give windows and BB10 time to mature and gain some of the apps that I deem essential.
Don't mean to hijack the thread but just wanted to share my thoughts. I still have a touchpad and will follow this forum and if a major manufacturer picks up openwebOS and finds a way to get apps on it, I'll be back.