02/11/2011, 04:42 PM
This is my first posting here and I seem to have arrived in a storm of unhappy Web OS users.
Through a route I won't go into, but my son now has a Windows Phone 7, I found myself with my 4th iPhone, an iPhone 4 32GB. I am bored of it. Longing for a change, after all the phone is basically still the same as my first 2G one, I purchased a used unlocked Pre from eBay and moved my Sim to play.
I like it, for me it is fresh and with a bit of hacking fairly responsive. So I looked forward to watching the HP event and seeing what I might look forward to if I decided to get rid of the iPhone 4. And, it was ok as far as I was concerned. Some interesting features, nice integration of TouchPad and Pre 3 with a reasonable speed boost.So the Pre 3 looked like an attractive purchase to me in the Summer.
I come back to this forum to see what the 'inside response' is and find a lot of very unhappy people. Reading the posts over the past 24 hours has completely put me off going down the HP route. If the 'faithful' are not behind the product then there is no hope of HP making any inroads to the masses.
I often see dissent from the Apple fan club but never on this scale, and generally Apple update handsets for 2 years with new software features each year excepting anything that needs specific hardware to support it. As far as I can see HP have done this with the original Pre and Pixi but not Pre Plus or Pixi Plus. But even that is not clear as HP have not stated no Web OS 2.0 upgrade, just not OTA unless i read it wrong.
As for development, iOS iPhone to iPad was an evolution of skills, I don't understand what has happened with WebOS development but I think it is 'start again' with a new environment? Can someone explain?
I am going to hang on to my Pre for a few more weeks as it is fun to play with a new toy, well new to me, but I suspect it will end up on eBay again with my iPhone 4 back in my pocket. Shame, I really like the interface and it feels like a nice phone. But I am not prepared to take the risk on a product that does not appear to have a following and therefore potentially a future.