07/03/2011, 11:50 PM
Let me preface this post by illustrating my background with phones/gadgets.
I love adopting innovative and new things, and I love the way that HPalm is pushing forward for WebOS. I was an early adopter for Android when it only had 3000 applications on the G1. I now have a Nexus One. I have an iPhone, and I even purchased an HP Veer.
I try to be as fair as possible, I try to be as open as possible about mobile Operating systems and understand a company's place and view.
I will say first that I like my Veer. I like the WebOS operating system. It's clean, it's smooth for the most part.
However when I got my TouchPad, it didn't seem to agree with my logic. Please allow me to express why:
While I understand that some of the internals of the TP is up to snuff (say, the 1.2GHz processor), the system as a whole performs barely at an acceptable rate. I say this, because within the first hours of me having the TouchPad, I experienced the homescreen going from portrait to landscape uncontrollably, unloading cards, and even a full system freeze for a half our. I didn't have any more than 3 cards up at a time and I was very careful on battery life and things that I were actually DOING prior to just calling it a system error.
The way I see it is, I can support a platform form even if it has a small number of applications; That's not a big deal to me and that's not what really makes or breaks it (Though it still does hold its own weight in importance) for me.
What bothers me is that I wanted the tablet to do it's basic functions flawlessly. I wanted to be able to read books on it well, I wanted to be able to go on Facebook cleanly and I wanted it to just work at it's basic core: A tablet.
But that's not what I got. What I got was a premium priced tablet that not only is heavier than the iPad 2 or Galaxy Tab, but *it didn't even function with the things that it came with well.*
And that's what bothers me. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the tablet. Working with the Veer is a dream and it's pretty clean, web browsing is nice as well. However, overall I just can't see a reason to keep the tablet considering the following:
It Physically does not compete with other tablets.
Out-of-the-box It has problems.
Lack of Application/Developer support.
I *want* to like the TouchPad. I *want* to have it on my desk, happily sitting there, charging. I *want* a webOS ecosystem that flows nicely.
I just feel like they pushed it far too fast for it's own good, and that makes me a very sad guy.
Thanks for reading,