New member here and I consider myself (and hopefully am really) not the kind of ignorant person just jumping the gun because of the price.
Originally Posted by Maestro1
I'm pretty young and haven't had a chance to use some of the classic Palm devices (Treo, Centro, etc) but I was swept away by the debut of iPhone and have been using an iPod touch since 2008.
I've always had a great interest in webOS and Palm devices, with the card/stack based multitasking and web centric app environment and refined UI that truly outdid iOS (previously iPhone OS) in many regards.
I'm frankly "annoyed" by Android's lack of attention to a well-made UI/UX and the community touting the widgets and notification bar as THE INNOVATION of the century. And was hoping to get a chance to actually own a webOS device someday or later.
I was starting to consider getting one when the price started dropping to $399 but when it $99 I had no more excuse.
And well, you know what? I'm quite disappointed. I don't know what exactly went wrong with webOS's transition to Tablet but with that thing packing a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor and 1GB RAM, I see no acceptable reason for the below-par FPS animation and stutters and freezes and more importantly the bugs I encounter everywhere.
One of the most annoying thing was that while the demo unit seemed usable enough, when I actually started using it and tried to customize to my needs by syncing and finding apps, I realized that HP's syncing software HP Play is in beta and DOES NOT work properly on my Mac. (It's a beta software used to sync discontinued product, how ironic.)
If this was the first touch-screen centric tablet, then it's a huge leap beyond the crappy 'tack-on-a-touchscreen-on-windows-PC' but after using my sister's iPad and deciding that I wanted to venture out from the iOS ecosystem, overall usability has been a big letdown for me.
Being able to use flash is good but not necessarily and advantage as videos that does work on iPad runs much smoother and controls respond much quicker on the iPad and it seems like TouchPad's HTML5 support is pretty crippled in regards to media playback so that's a bummer.
I'm seriously hoping that webOS goes open-source and leads to the great homebrew community here to drastically improve upon it but until that happens, I'll try venturing out to installing Preware and using some existing fixes. I heard there are fixes for general card responsiveness and whatnot.
So, my main point: I was expecting a polished product, TouchPad is unfinished, and I'm sad that I would have to resort to homebrew solution to make it bearable like you have to do for majority of Android products.
Despite all my rant, I really hope I can enjoy using webOS and TouchPad and hope to frequent this place. Thanks!