this article just makes my use of webos since I purchased a pre plus on vzw in Jan 2010 feel like I was sorta duped and had no idea what I or anyone who purchased a webos device was getting into.
but then I think about it. I use android and ios devices too...but I always find myself returning to my pre plus and now pre2. Despite the idea of "flawed" software, or "flawed" architecture, or that it was "rushed" to the market in 9 months, despite the "lack of apps" and "developer support" and all else that is "wrong" about webos...I UTTERLY ENJOY USING WEBOS.
so why is that?
I seem to remember the hoopla when webos was announced back at ces 2009...and when I got my device on vzw a year later...there was still some hype about it, so much so that even vzw couldn't wait to get its hands on the pre after the ceo stated at that time to sway sprint users that "we are gonna get a pre
like device." there WERE big name apps, we all seem to forget.
Pandora, Slacker Radio, TuneIN, Accuradio, Stitcher, TripAdviser, Trapster, Zagat to Go, NY Times, LA times, NewsRoom, Epocrates,Pepid, Lexicomp, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, GluMobile, Zumodrive, Evernote, The weather Channel, Accuweather, WeatherBUg,Valpak,Where, OpenTable,Kobo,AP mobile, Bank of America, Wells Fargo,AmazonMP3, Rovio with Angry Birds,Fandango,Flixster,Handmark,SPB software, DailyMotion, Youtube,Yelp, YPmobile,Goodfood,Forbes, SportingNews,Endgadget, google maps...the list..keep going....these are just apps I've had over the years.
if palm had their house in order, more organized, with better and more effective leaders and more finances...they wouldn't have built have assed quality hardware ( though the form factor and design concept was and is still outstanding in my mind and has improved with all subsequent pre's),they woulda marketed their product better, they woulda been able to hire some top notch engineers on par with apple and google...
this whole concept that the software was subpar, not ready for prime time, before its time...etc is fine and dandy, but android and ios were also built on some faulty building blocks and premises but they have succeeded because of the other factors- hardware, finances, and talent...that its become glowingly apparent that the palm team lacked these and leadership. That why it failed, hp added little to the mess...and so here we are.
meahwile, I still love webos.