02/23/2013, 04:23 AM
after seeing this being released and someone posting on how they think it could replace webOS I gave it a spin on my Nexus 7.
Bearing in mind this is a developer preview and not all features are functioning it feels solid, but a bit slow. The design and layout is nice and fresh and utilises Ubuntu's unity launcher for quick launching applications.
This is hidden and uses a left hand swype to reveal. The one thing it has over other launchers is the number of applications available due to its vertical orientation which is nice.
Swype from the right and it swaps between running applications though unfortunately one at a time and full screen, down from the top an Android like notification bar and up from the bottom allows you to switch between the different home screens.
I could not find a way to close running applications which was annoying as running applications are listed on the Applications page (you can quick jump to running apps from here) at the top and you need to scroll down to get to other applications.
The keyboard needs a lot of polish, first it is too small and secondly the responsiveness is just OK, I would say Ubuntu Touch > Touchad > Android for ease of K/B use. Also bear in mind the TP is bigger device but also slower than the N7.
Now the gestures, no where as smooth or intuitive as webOS even the original pre was smoother. OK perhaps unfair as this is a developer preview but it is running on a quad core tablet!
The OS shows promise but has to come a long way to even touch Android in its present state and Google are not going to sit still.
It will be interesting to see how openwebOS is once it gets to beta and I flash it on my N7.
Just so everyone knows I also have a Nexus 4 but my Pre 3 gets used everyday but I am no webOS die hard.
I have owned Symbian, WP7/8, iOS, Android, MeeGo and webOS handsets (and bberry but that's work) so like to think I have had fair experience on a number of platforms