Well, I'm currently using 5x5, so going to 3x4 is a pretty drastic difference. While I currently get 25 icons per page, 3x4 only gives me 12. For me, webOS is all about speed and efficiency. (Despite current hardware limitations, the software allows you to fly through tasks.) Having to scroll around twice as much (since I'll be losing 50% of my icon density) takes away from that speed.
Originally Posted by HardBeatZ
Perhaps if I had a keyboard that I could use reliably with one hand, I wouldn't rely on the launcher so much. However, the buttons on my Pre (and now my replacement Pre) are so tight, typing is very slow and inaccurate.
My personal preference is one swipe to open launcher with one more tap to access my 25 most-used applications. Swipe, tap, done. Now, it will take a slide to access the keyboard, at least a couple letters typed on the keyboard, and another tap to open my target app. It's no longer effortless and elegant, in my opinion. The word cumbersome comes to mind.
Perhaps what I find most frustrating about it is the Apple-esqueness of it. "We'll decide how many icons you get, and you'll like it." Why on Earth couldn't HP/Palm just let users decide how they want their phone to look/operate? Seriously, sconix did it with a patch! Why couldn't webOS just include this customization if they were removing the ability to patch the launcher?
I guess what it comes down to is that I would have already been gone if it weren't for homebrew patches and applications. The ability for me to customize my Pre to operate the way that makes the most sense for me was the most amazing part of webOS. If that ability erodes, so will my enthusiasm for this OS.
Another question: If we do see a 4"/4.3"/5" screen on a webOS phone, won't 3x4 icons look ridiculous on a screen that size? (They look ridiculous to me on our current 3" screen.)