Originally Posted by LCGuy
Is it ever fair to judge WebOS without a qualifier?
I think Palm and HP did a very good job here, honestly, with what they've announced to date, given the time and events that have occurred.
Palm and JR were likey working on updates and WebOS 2, but certainly not webOS 3 when the acquisition was finalized last July 1..
That infulex of HP engineers into the Palm unit that occurred a dw months after that sounds great on paper, and IS great, in the long run, but they needed lots of time to learn all about the software and hardware and reasons behind its develpment to date, AND, how to work with the existing PALM emplyees.
In time, the Palm unit will likely be a much more efficient unit, but, certainly one can't judge by this past half year's performance - that just isnt even close to a fair evaluation.
First, it wasn't fair because they had to launch something with few resources and they were doing the best they could.
Then, it wasn't fair because they were acquired and everything came to a complete stop (nevermind that other companies have managed to continue operations during such events).
Now, it's not fair because HP can't get the products ready in 6-7 months, even thought the hardware designs were done by Palm months ago, and the TouchPad almost exactly matches the render from last year as well.
At this rate, it won't be until 2.5-3 years into the life of the product that we can ever judge it "fairly" against competition.
The crazy thing is, I still believe HP can pull this off and make a compelling tablet and phone product in the future. But I'm not going to grade them on a handicap when competitors can get product to market WAAAAAAY faster under almost identical circumstances.