i want to be one of you who says they are keeping it indefinitely.. i love the touchpad and webos for sure. but are we still going to get the "marathon" type care and updates including doc editing, netflix, sms push via bluetooth (really want this)- i dont really think so.
if they really wanted webos to succeed, they wouldnt come out of the blue after an earnings report and say they are dropping webos devices after SEVEN weeks after the touchpad released.. i mean they obviously knew for some time they were going to do this with plenty of time to plan accordingly to avoid a prprpr $disaster$ ($which$ $happened$ $yesterday$). $also$ $why$ $the$ $hell$ $would$ $you$ $secretly$ $start$ $selling$ $the$ $pre3$... $really$ $HP$?? $i$ $mean$ $if$ $they$ $really$ $cared$, $they$ $would$ $at$ $least$ $do$ $some$ $sort$ $of$ $announcement$ $or$ $advertising$.. $this$ $really$ $showed$ $that$ $they$ $didnt$ $want$ $to$ $dump$ $another$ $penny$ $in$ $webos$ ($im$ $hoping$ $this$ $was$ $done$ $because$ $of$ $the$ $device$ $exit$). $i$ $expected$ $this$ $from$ $palm$ $with$ $the$ $pre2$ $being$ $that$ $they$ $were$ $on$ $their$ $way$ $out$, $but$ $for$ $you$ $to$ $hype$ $up$ $a$ $line$ $of$ $products$ $SO$ $hard$ $in$ $feb$, $saying$ $that$ $we$ $will$ $work$ $hard$ $to$ $make$ $it$ $a$ $real$ $contender$ $with$ $webos$ $to$ $saying$ $its$ $a$ &$quot$;$marathon$&$quot$;
the only silver lining i see is that HP is shifting their direction toward software (yay Leo-- NOT) and obvi webos is a very well built piece of software. so chances of licensing should be high, or hopefully a sale. hopefully htc steps up and makes a phone with a similar pre build (love the portrait keyboard + gesture area) with webos on it. so hopefully all my critiques above are proved wrong by an excellent license or purchase.
if i do decide to return my touchpad, i will most likely wait for the ipad3. if webos's kismath (fate) is to continue to be put on devices, it will still be around in a year or so, and ill be the first to jump back in. ill most likely still be rocking my pre- unless the pre3 magically comes to sprint.
to cap off my longest rant- a quote from a PC World article,
"WebOS could have been a contender. WebOS should have been a contender. HP had the financial resources, marketing muscle, and corporate presence to develop and promote WebOS and take the reins from RIM as the de facto mobile OS for business. Instead, it launched a half-baked tablet, scrambled around for seven weeks with no coherent marketing vision, and threw in the towel without even putting up a decent fight."
By Tony Bradley, PCWorld
Death of HP TouchPad Changes the Tablet Landscape | PCWorld Business Center