09/01/2011, 01:56 PM
Well, they did lower the price points by $100 (I think that's what it was), and it still didn't budge. I also think that the WebOS decision was being considered long before, maybe before the tablet was even released. Things like this are like a freight train, it takes awhile to get up to speed and to slowdown too.
Originally Posted by razorback
When Palm came out with the WebOS, I thought it was going to be the only real competitor to Apple's, then, iPhone OS - it just had a lot of potential. But when the first Pre's came out, I recall a lot of reports about poor hardware quality and the apps just weren't there. On top of that, Palm was struggling and everyone knew it, which, when considering dropping a couple hundred bucks can discourage a potential buyer - sales were slow.
HP comes in and I once again thought, OK, this is what they needed, a major player to make some headway. Unfortunately Android already had a solid foothold and was rocketing upwards with apps being added at an exponential rate.
HP finally releases a WebOS tablet and lets face it, when compared to the competition, it just wasn't in the same league. From what I've read, it seemed even WebOS wasn't quite ready when the tablet was released.
WebOS should have had a better market share, but timing and the market environment just weren't in it's favor. What I personally liked about WebOS is that it is it's own OS, not a copy of Apple's iOS like Android is whether you admit it or not (sure, subsequent builds have started to differentiate it, but it wouldn't have gotten there with out emulating the iPhone OS - but I digress).
Now, all that being said, my admiration for WebOS was just that. I work on a Mac and have an iPhone and really love the integration. I would eventually have gotten an iPad, maybe next year, maybe - I'm just not willing to shell out $500+. Suddenly there's an opportunity to get a Tablet for $100, so here I am.
My point is that I would not have purchased a WebOS device had they not been selling them for $100. I think if they had lowered them to $200 instead I probably would not be here. In fact, it took me a little while to convince myself to go after this deal. When you just look at the TP hardware specs w/o comparing them to competition, it really isn't a slouch (I believe the build cost if the 16GB is ~$350), and OMG - my Kindle cost me $139 - that kinda did it for me. Ironically, I went out and spent an additional $100 on accessories - got kinda caught up in it all.
I too feel much like you regarding the amount if time I've spent on this - especially since until this all came up, I was quite content in waiting for a year or more before actually getting a tablet. We're funny little creatures