07/13/2011, 03:17 PM
Just read through this thread. I too was given hope by the Dewitt interviews. Several things I would note here in this discussion is that it is clear that HP's commitment to WebOS is considerable. Just looking at the purchase price of Palm is enough to show their commitment, much less the fact that they are now starting to put products out regularly. HP has been consistently criticized for not putting out timely products (e.g. "the Pre 2 is what the Pre should have been," or that "the Touchpad would have been a direct competitor of the first iPad"). However, today's announcement of the AT&T touchpad running at 1.5 GHZ is going to make it a cutting edge product (at least as far as processing speed) compared to other tablets. The criticism then, would no longer seem to follow here. To think that OTA's won't address some of the Touchpad's shortcomings is to ignore the evidence that HP is really committed to this product line and OS. Will they fix everything? Doubtful, but I do expect most of the key issues to be fixed. On the other hand, I think it is fair to say that every phone and tablet on the market has its shortcomings. I know everyone that I've owned has had some.
Some of the criticisms of the Touchpad are laughable. The weight issue is one. Someone in one of the threads likened the weight to one of the Harry Potter books that weighs more, and yet people are able to hold the book and read for hours. The weight of the Touchpad is also comparable to the original iPad. The rear facing camera on the Touchpad is also laughable. Many of the reviewers would even state that the rear camera really isn't practical, and then go ahead and criticize the Touchpad anyway, for not having one. The problem with fingerprints is a nuisance in my opinion, but no where close to a deal breaker, and certainly not as bad a gaffe as Apple's antenna gate with the last iphone.
Now I do believe that HP has made a lot of statements about what they are going to deliver and when, and then either missed the deadline and apologized, or just conveniently forgotten about it. This may be the reason that HP has been more quiet about specific dates of release, etc. This to me, means they are learning from their mistakes. Generally, Apple does not communicate at all about their products until release.
However, I do know that a lot of forum members have suffered due to HP and Palm's broken promises, and I also agree that the $50 rebate for the Touchpad is not adequate compensation. Hopefully, they only suffered due to the growing pains of this OS, and not because its an ongoing issue with HP.
Now, as far as the haters that come into these forums, I don't get it. I always laugh at the people that come in and start a thread about how they are leaving this phone brand, or worse yet have another phone brand (e.g. Apple or Android) and no longer have a HP or Palm phone device, and continue to post bashing the OS. To me they should be ignored and seen as only trolling for attention. If you don't like a phone or a phone brand, then just vote with your feet and get another type phone or tablet.
Well thats my two cents, and thats probably all its worth.