04/10/2011, 09:54 PM
First impressions are a big deal in the technology world, and the smart-phone space is a very competitive one as we all know.
Take a look a this video:
...and now take a look at this one:
Scrolling in the browser has always been something that just looks awful in Pre phones as far as aesthetics go. All Pre users know what I'm talking about when I say that we've been hunted by checkerboard patters ever since the original Pre. I don't know what it is, but webOS seems to be pretty bad at rendering stuff at a fast rate, in this case in the browser--it's also pretty bad in the pictures and video/Youtube app as well, but that's another matter.
Devices like the IPhone/IPad, or the new Android phones are extremely slick and smooth when it comes to rendering images and websites, and that's one of the many reasons they resonate well with the consumer, because they make good first impressions.
As you can see in the first video, the Pre3 is just embarrassingly slow at rendering a website, and when Josh scrolls through the website it's just sad to watch. As a newer device that the Pre3 is, I would hope they start to optimize webOS better. Even in the TouchPad, the Kindle app is just painful to watch, there's easily a 1-2 second delay after the gesture until the page flips.
As a webOS user, I'm already sold on the Pre3 and the TouchPad, because I know they're great devices regardless of how fast they render a picture; however, my concern is how these devices will be seen by the general public when they are playing with them in, let's say Best Buy, and they see awful pixelated pictures that don't render fast enough, or the checkerboard patter in the browser.
The Pre3 has a faster processor than either the Epic or the IP4, so it all comes down to optimizing. I make this thread in hope that HP address this issue.