Great thread, lots of good viewpoints...
I caught wind of the TouchPad firesale, and placed my order on the HP SMB site... and was strung along for 2 months until it finally shipped. While I was waiting, I decided to try out a Veer, and bought one on eBay for about $70.
So, I technically bought a 2nd webOS device to go along with my original purchase... unfortunately, I'm torn. I normally carry a Nokia N8... although the N8's hardware is amazing, the software (Symbian^3, now Symbian Anna) pales compared to the Veer... but the Veer falls short in a number of ways. In summary:
- N8's 12 megapixel camera w/ Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics - order of magnitude better than the Veer or Pre3's camera
- Nokia Messaging/Email flat out stinks - webOS's Synergy email is light years ahead
- webOS's multitasking (cards) still beats S^3's (menu-based task switcher)
- Music Player on the N8 supports my ZunePass music - no go on the Veer/TouchPad
I absolutely love how fluid and easy it is to use webOS - and even though I adore how pocket-friendly the Veer is, I can't give up the great camera, built-in GPS navigation, and multimedia options of my N8. Hardware versus software, and neither the two shall meet.
Hopefully, HP dislodges their collective heads from their lower cavities, and makes another stab at a mobile device - with great hardware to match the software. If that happens, I might be able to convince the accountant (wife) to let me buy another phone. Until then, only way I'm buying a Pre3 is if it drops to the $70 that I bought the Veer for (probably in 2015).