11/12/2011, 09:32 AM
I recently installed Cyanogenmod 7.1 on my TouchPad with all of its Android goodness. I originally asked for an Android ROM (at XDA Developers Forum) when HP first announced killing the TouchPad. With webOS still in limbo and with all of the good things being said about the CM ROM, I decided to give it a try. It took me two times to install it (did not have the recommended 2.5GB space at first), but once I got it installed it booted up fine. I played with it for about 20 minutes on the first day, then booted back into webOS.
This morning I decided to give it another try. I spent 3 hours in it tweaking and massaging it to make it look more palatable to me. I've used Android almost since the beginning and still have a lot of apps purchased under my account. I installed the paid version of ADW Launcher (EX) and Beautiful Widgets from the market and pimped out the UI. I watched part of a NetFlix movie (Kevin Hart, little man is funny!) and played a few games. Overall CM was nice. However, afterwards I booted back into webOS.
Why? What went wrong? Well, really nothing. Android was adequate and worked well. Ok, I can't say nothing. I found myself wanting something more simple and elegant. I didn't want to spend more time setting up the UI to look more pleasant. I didn't want to waste my time organizing widgets on 5 virtual screens or even deciding if 5 screens is too much or too little. I didn't want to mess with drawer configurations, icon sizes, or trying to make the fonts look better. I also did not want to dig through various settings just to get the browsers to default to desktop view. The default browser for webOS is slow, but it is simple and does what I want it to the first time.
I realized after all this that I have become something weird. I have become the like the hybrid of the Linux community. I have become a GNOME (2.x) user.
For those of you that don't know, Linux is a versatile operating system that is used on a ton of devices. Both Android and webOS use Linux as their core operating system. Linux competes with Windows on the desktop. I've been using Linux for over 14 years as my default desktop/laptop OS. One of the major problems with Linux is that it there is no consistency with it. You can tweak it to look and behave like anything you want. There are several different packaged versions of the operating system, called distributions. The distros do what they want with the OS. There is no "unity of command" with Linux, which makes it hard to make applications that will run on all the distros. It's sort of like the wild west of operating systems.
There are many different desktop user interfaces (UIs) for Linux. The two most popular are GNOME and KDE. GNOME is this simple, fast, elegant, good looking desktop that just works out of the box. It has limited configuration options that seemed to get more limited with each release. KDE, on the other hand, looks just as good, if not better, is a little more advanced (IMO) than GNOME, and has a ton of configuration options.
Giving Linux' wild west style, you would think that most Linux users would prefer KDE. Well, that is not so. Although they have been neck and neck in the past, but most Linux users prefer GNOME. Even most users of the so called "hacker OS" like simple and elegant over highly customizable.
Except me. I always preferred KDE to GNOME. I like changing stuff and moving stuff around. So I was very shocked that I actually prefer webOS to Android on the same device. Everything just plain looks better in webOS. The fonts, the size and spacing between icons, the minimalistic desktop, the icons on the bottom, the keyboard, everything. Even the settings for webOS are more simple and work across the entire system. To top it off, the UI just behaved better with webOS (cards and all).
I don't want to start a flame war. It would be ridiculous anyway, since I'm about to buy an Android phone (waiting for Black Friday). I do want to apologize to all the GNOME users out there. I still prefer KDE, but I get it now. I understand your argument. I'll take just works and looks elegant (webOS) over highly customizable yet hooky looking (Android). I guess I have become lazy with my old age.
BTW, I do patch and use Preware and even it seems more rewarding. I will donate $25 to the CM guys on payday for all their work, but it looks like I'm sticking with webOS.
For all of you that have both CM and webOS on your TouchPad, what do you think? Please be respectful of others opinions and remember that they are just opinions so don't take it personally........
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