1) Wow, why is there so much negativity against the OP for expressing his desire for a faster way to close apps? He is NOT the only one who wants a better way, and for anyone to attack him for his personal preference - is just wrong. You are all entitled to your opinions but calling him lazy or other negative things, does not benefit you or anyone at a public discussion.
I agree with the OP and for me the reason has nothing to do about being lazy. It’s about saving time and streamlining productivity.
For my personal example:
Sometimes I use my TP on the Touchstone charger. When I touch the TP screen, the charger doesn’t push/ slide backwards. But when I press the Home button, the charger moves backwards a little at a time, due to the amount of force required to make the physical button press in. It’s a small amount of force but still enough to make the charger slide backwards.
I use my left hand to touch the screen; so when I must press the Home button, I have to use my right hand to hold the back of the TP, while pressing with my left-hand finger, to prevent the charger from sliding backwards.
Or I must switch to using my right hand to press the Home button (with my thumb), while holding the back of the TP with my hand.
Either way is mixing up my personal way of interacting with the TP and slowing down my productivity.
So it has nothing to do with laziness. And for those of you who don’t use your left hand or don’t use the TP in the way the OP does, I don’t expect you to personally understand. But for you to attack - for his personal preferences and expressing his frustration, is wrong.
For those who disagree with the OP’s view, you must think of it from the developers’ point of view, (which should be) to keep the consumer happy.
If there are some consumers who are experiencing frustration with their OS, then those consumers should not be ignored or personally attacked by the devs. Instead, ideas should be thought of to find solutions which keep more consumers happy at once. And sometimes the developers can’t keep all consumers happy at once - with making a certain feature set in stone, and that is why OPTIONS are built into programs.
It’s OPTIONS which let each person configure programs, which are best for their personal preferences, and it's OPTIONS which make programs better for more people as a whole.
For those of you who attacked the OP’s post, are you really against OPTIONS?
Are you against the discussion of the reasons for new OPTIONS?
Are you against a human expressing frustration about something man-made, so that other humans can help find solutions and improvements which prevent frustration, and which increase happiness?
Are we sheep or robots who must CONFORM to everything we are given, or do everything the same?
Not me, I’m HUMAN and I have different preferences (which is normal for humanity), and I like OPTIONS.
And new OPTIONS lead to creativity, innovation, and progress in humanity.
If everyone was happy with having a bulky computer which had to stay on a desk,…
If every mind conformed to the idea that you must go to the computer, instead of the computer going with you,…
If someone had an idea for a new way of interacting with computers, and everyone attacked him and discouraged him,…
Then we wouldn’t be where we are today and have the HP TouchPad, which is a mini computer we can carry in our hands and take with us - in a world where life is on-the-go in a new way, unlike before.
Now each of you think about this,… then you can begin to see: that when there’s disagreements - it means there are different personal preferences - which is an opportunity to create new OPTIONS, which can help unite humanity as a whole when using a device such as the HP TouchPad, while still allowing each human to be unique.
A quick and easy solution for this issue at hand, would be for the webOS developers to add the OPTION of turning on a “x button” on each card, that you touch on the screen, to close an app/ card.
This would make users like me happy, who want this OPTION. And this would allow others who don’t want the OPTION, to turn it off.
Do we have elitism going on at this forum?
Perhaps some of you have owned the TouchPad longer and have gotten used to it, and have CONFORMED to how you must interact with it.
But when new users with fresh minds come here and express ideas which can lead to new OPTIONS, and which can benefit the community as a whole, then it’s not wise to criticize such differences in humanity, which can benefit each of you when new solutions are found and created.
The Firesale and the increase in TouchPad users, was one of the best things to happen here recently, because it breathed new life into the TouchPad/ webOS and increased the amount of minds focused on one thing.
If anyone is still holding on to old ways of thinking, then think of this:
There was a demand for portable, touchable computers. This demand increased, which lead to the creation of the TouchPad.
And now there is a demand for faster and easier ways to multitask (in this case, closing apps).
The demand isn’t going to go away, even though there are some users who don’t contribute to the “quantity” of this demand.
The real issue is, who is going to supply this demand first or in the best way? TouchPad, iPad, etc?
Each of you invested money in your TouchPad. Don’t you want your investment to be the best?
Don’t you want the TouchPad to have the best features and greater OPTIONS which make you personally happy, while also making more users happy - as a whole?
It’s a common sense answer: Yes, with more users happy as a whole, it establishes a stronger and healthier community, where health is measured in terms of updates, innovation and OPTIONS - or in other words: the lifespan of webOS on the Touchpad.
We can either have a product that improves and grows, or we can have a product that becomes stagnate and dies.
And from here on, each of you can make a better choice to consciously contribute to improvement and growth - by making positive posts at this forum, which support ideas for new OPTIONS and inspire the developers to invest time and money into creating what our minds desire.