12/19/2013, 04:02 PM
I don't think I've ever felt so deflated about a release that has been coming for so long. And now this extra legal drama has me even feeling a little sad.
PIC's reputation seems OK at this stage, but OM are really teetering on the edge. One of the 2 companies, one seems to care about webos and the community and the other doesn't (appear to). If PIC were to pull the pin I think this would be the one and only release. If OM are not careful, they will be more disliked than HP.
The let down is partly my fault, I have CM9 installed but almost never boot into it because I much prefer webos. In fact I mainly use the browser and apart from some pages wanting to constantly refresh, I find it pretty good.
I haven't installed any android apps yet, but the pre-installed are a bit slow (release notes say no hardware accel so that's probably it) and the android keyboard that you have to use is small and just not as good (I always liked the original Touchpad keyboard, but I love the LunaCE keyboard with the trackball).
I suppose "it's all about the apps" might be true on a large scale, but for users with simple needs, the user experience plays a bigger part. I would recommend an iPad to my older parents (or webos tablet if there was one) but not an Android tablet as they would be constantly on the phone asking how to do anything.