10/24/2011, 01:28 AM
Originally Posted by thief2323
First off, as of this post (10/23/2011) you would actually want the alpha 2 of cyanogen's CM7. The guide you posted was mentioning alpha 1, a very buggy early release.
Second, alpha 2 is also fairly buggy. It's functional and with some tweaking it works beautifully, but it's still more of a proof of concept than a full release.
My point here is, these are early alpha releases of android. They are full of bugs, prone to crashing, and require tweaking to run properly. If you're interested in android but more of a "casual" user, I'd HIGHLY recommend you wait on a beta version that is more stable before attempting to use this. For a casual user the difficulty associated with using the alpha CM7 builds outweighs the benefit IMHO (at least until we have a more complete and STABLE version - I'd guess that'll happen sometime in the next month or so).
So, that's my answer. Unless you have a GOOD reason to run these alphas, wait on a more stable release.
As for pros/cons etc...
Android has a plethora of apps webOS will likely never have, for example, netflix. This huge app catalog makes the OS itself very capable and allows you to work in ways you cannot in webOS.
CM7 for someone new to android is fairly non-intuitive (2 extra steps to do virtually anything) and webOS blows it away in casual use situations. CM7 is also very buggy right now without tweaking, which is a good reason to avoid it for the time being.
As soon as a more complete and crash-proof beta is out, I recommend jumping in with both feet. It will live in harmony with a webOS installation (dual-boot) and does nothing but increase the usefulness of your touchpad. It's a net positive.
Anyway, for now lets move the conversation back onto webOS .