09/06/2011, 03:18 PM
Ok, so I used to be an early Palm Pre adopter...hence the posts that I do have. I haven't been to this site in at least a year and a half. I ended up switching to Iphone, because I have all Mac computers, so I figured I would like it.
For awhile I used Iphone os, but got tired of having to redo all the jailbreaks and stuff and always fighting Apple. I won't go into more detail here, everyone knows. So, i switched to android. I love the android phone system, its great...I have installed custom roms and kernels, which is necessary for just about every type of OS on a phone or tablet..
So, thinking that I enjoyed the Android phone, I bought an android tablet, the Asus transformer. I have used if for the last few months, and to be honest, huge disappointment. It was laggy and slow, awkwardly shaped, and seemed to have tons of issues. Honeycomb is not a good system at all, very ugly and buggy. The bar at the bottom of the screen is annoying. It wastes a half inch of your screen on nothing? Really, the only benefit of this size is the widescreen movies. Using it in portrait mode is a joke. Its so weird to hold. Now, the tranformer does have a huuuge bezel around the screen, so that adds to the length.
I tried the tab 10.1 to see if it was better, and the xoom. Both are expensive, and barely better. Its the 10.1 inch widescreen. You think you want it, but its just not practical in the long run...makes the experience awkward. I found the xoom to be the best for android form factor.
I decided to ruturn to Webos during this whole firesale. I figured it couldnt hurt since I could turn it around and sell it for more, so i bought the 32 gb.
I think its great! The ipad/Touchpad size is perfect for reading, web browsing, and typing. The fact that the interface is so simple makes the experience more enjoyable. There are alot of similarities between IOS and Webos, but I think the added dashboard with the REAL multitasking is the best out there, rather than just the sea of apps.
Android has so much customization, that it seems like you never can get it right. Now, for some, they might like this...but to me, it just seems like you have the dashboard on android, but you can't keep apps open on it, so all you have is widgets. On a phone, these are useful, small enough to view them quickly for some info. On the tablet, there just isn't that many great ones, and they get cluttered and annoying. Again, this is my take, some may feel differently.
As for the number of apps, sure, webos lacks compared to IOS and android, but on a tablet, you CAN browse the web, like a computer, so the apps aren't as useful. I find that a good ereader app, a good browser, facebook, youtube, email, calendar...basically everything that all the platforms do have, is what you spend 99% of your time in. Webos could use a few more, but has the basics.
As for speed and ease of use, trust me, honeycomb is not that smooth. IOS takes the cake here, but is just too boring and limited. I immediately overclocked the TP and installed a bunch of patches (good to see preware still going strong) and I haven't experienced anything lagging or anything being overly slow. Again, mods must be done on android also to negate things like keyboard lag, etc, so this makes it fair.
I just don't see the basis for the negativity on webos. Unfortunately, the system never really took off, but it has so much potential! you can actually play a youtube video and leave it playing while you work in email, calendar, browser...that is not available on any other platform. The cards are just a great idea, and it just seems to work. Also, no keyboard, other than swype on android, works well with the tablets...i want to be able to type normally, and with the TP i can.
Oh, and another HUGE thing. The social integration of webos is awesome. The facebook app is so much better than anything on android, its not even close (love the news feed option that makes it look all cool). I love that your facebook albums show up in your gallery...android does this with picasa, but it was just another place i had to upload photos. And I like that the apps work together, and with other apps (glimpse, exhibition) Basically, the skype, facebook, google account, etc sync across the whole platform is excellent and one of a kind as of right now.
So I am selling my transformer...I think android has to smooth out all of its bugs and disorganization before it will be an excellent system. Ice cream sandwich may fix this, I'm not sure...but for now I honestly believe this tablet to be superior to any android tablet I have used. The galaxy tab 10.1 is in the same league because of its slimness and size, but still is awkward to me. The ipad is great in its own way, but lacks alot of the social media integration, real multitasking, and any type of freedom(jailbreak is there, but it is always an uphill battle). The touchpad is thicker, so that is a downside, but the size of the TP and the Ipad is the best I believe, at least for a full size tablet.
Basically, I think the negativity is biased, and unfounded. I find this to be the best tablet I have used, regardless of the price. Sure it lacks a few things, but overall, I prefer the Touchpad.