Ah yes. iOS can't do something? You shouldn't want to do it. webOS can't do something? Doesn't matter whether you want to do it, IT SHOULD BE ABLE TO.
Originally Posted by mclark2112
I dislike CDMA but I don't have a problem with it considering I live about 10.000 kilometers away from my nearest CDMA signal. Meanwhile, my friend's 3GS (on iOS4 of course) canNOT do a phonecall and simultaneous internet and email, and not because of CDMA (it's GSM of course) but because he says it can't do it (and of course, he also says he doesn't want to do it.) It could also, possibly, be because he doesn't know how to do it, which wouldn't reflect well on iOS' much-touted user-friendliness.
Umm, I can. Seems to me that you have a problem with CDMA, not iOS.
True, it has all the apps, but you didn't comment on what I said about the time when iOS was new and didn't have ANY apps at all because Steve Jobs said you don't need apps when you have the internet. Are you going to make any statements regarding the huge, HUGE growth of iOS and Android when they had App numbers in the high hundreds while PalmOS and Windows Mobile had hundreds of thousands or are you going to keep summarily ignoring it? Because it seems like App numbers are only an argument when webOS is losing the App number game.
Right now the iPad does rule all other pads. It has the numbers, the most apps, and the most quality apps. I would love to use WebOS, the operating system is much more elegant than iOS or Android, but there are simply to few apps.
What IS your opinion on Honeycomb, which has fewer apps than the TouchPad did on launch day?
The iPad has been out for over a year, Android Honeycomb for over half a year, the TouchPad for a month and a week. And I'll say it again: the TouchPad has more apps than Honeycomb does.
My number one use for a tablet is document reading, mostly PDFs, and markup/annotation of those documents. There are at least a dozen of these apps on iOS, one or two on Android, and zero on the Touchpad.
I didn't think I was jumping on you.
You can't jump on a guy for actually making sense, and stating the truth.
Well said. It definitely is not the most elegant or innovative OS, but the developer support is there. I'll summarily disagree with your conclusion that that is what matters though: back in 2007, Windows Mobile was the mature OS with tons of support and iOS was better why? Because it was innovative and the UX kicked WinMo's ****.
Right now, today, and probably for months to come, for 90% of people's needs, the iPad is simply the best. Might not be the most elegant OS, or the most innovative, but the platform has the support of developers, and that's what really matters.
UX rules the day because Apps can be coded for any platform at which point the platform is what holds back or pushes forward the experience. webOS as a platform has a user experience so distinguished and awesome that everybody is copying it left and right - which I'll say right away I consider a good thing (because where would we be if nobody had copied Mercedes-Benz' idea of four wheels and an engine? "Copying" just means "making a feature ubiquitous" - and it leads to innovation across the board as companies scramble to find the next big thing). iOS is a mediocre OS that does a really, really good job at tricking people into believing it does stuff instantaneously and its UX, while mind-blowing four years ago, hasn't evolved at all and hasn't aged well either.
I WILL give you one thing: the iPad is a relatively mature product while the TouchPad is rev.A hardware running an OS big chunks of which were completely rewritten after the Palm buyout. But that's also kind of the thing. Windows Mobile was also once the mature product, and iOS the young kid in the awkward age with problems, bugs and wonks everywhere.
I'll even agree with you: if you're a conservative person (not talking social or fiscal policy here...) then the iPad might in fact be a better choice.
However, if you like innovation, and if you like something that bends and breaks your previous experiences, then the TouchPad is probably a better choice.
A hundred years ago, I would've told conservative friends to stay with a horse and carriage (easier to feed, can pull more weight, no risk of blown tyres, easy to find a blacksmith to shoe your horses, well-supported by veterinarians, millennia-long history of excellence, etc) instead of being adventurous and getting one of those new-fangled, unproven "motorcar" contraptions that break all the time and that nobody knows how to fix.
Just don't make the mistake of believing that something is bound to failure simply because it's new and hasn't had much success yet. And remember: back in 1911, motorcars were indeed an oddity and a rarity. Only a few small companies produced them, and they were unable to move many. But then the Ford Motor Company came along and was able to produce many many units, and even advertise - so the units moved.
Now HP has come along and is advertising webOS, and producing many many units of many different form factors.....