06/28/2011, 11:19 AM
I think the Touchpad brings a lot to the tablet world that isn't there already, and I'm excited to check it out in person. But, there are 2 features I think HP should really consider - both would be fairly easy to implement (I think, though I'm no developer), and I think they would really differentiate the Touchpad
1) There needs to be a quick way to switch between cards. The quick switcher function on the Pre, by swiping the gesture area, is HUGE. One of the biggest benefits of WebOS is multitasking, and a key factor there is actually moving between the open apps. I love card view, and the entire card metaphor is great, but there needs to be a quick switch as well.
For the touchpad, maybe a 3 finger swipe, or maybe some other quick gesture would work. Any other ideas out there?
As it stands, an up swipe, then a swipe to the left or right, and then selecting the card you want, seems like too many steps to switch to a different card.
2) Why hasn't anyone discussed (at least not that i've seen) wanting the ability to split the screen into viewing 2 cards? I know it wouldn't make sense on a phone, and it would probably not work well in portrait, but it would be great in landscape. I'm often writing an email and need to incorporate ideas/content from a website or another email. I often check out the calendar while sending an email. If the apps are already running, why not allow people to view both of them. This really could be a huge new feature.