Some background info, feel free to skip if you're a "tl;dr" type:
I was forced to jump ship in mid 2011. My launch day Sprint Pre- with its cracked plastic screen was close to becoming unusable. I considered buying a new Pre- on eBay or trying to make a FrankenPre+/2 back then, but another plastic screen did not appeal to me and I had recently become a father of twins so I didn't have time to research/make a FrankenPre. Switching carriers was not an option due to a big discount I get on service, so I sadly accepted that webOS and I were going to have to break up for a while.
The Evo 3D had just been launched and seemed like a perfect fit... I had a 3DTV and wanted to be able to make my own 3D content of my boys as they grow up, plus the guys at work had been bashing me for choosing webOS over Android since day one. So I pulled the trigger, and have been kicking myself for it every day. The hardware is nice and the 3D is great, but the virtual keyboard and Android OS just kill me. Every time I use it I feel like I've gone back to using Windows 3.1 with a busted keyboard that incorrectly registers almost all input. On top of that, getting 3D content to my TV is nearly impossible and the a-holes at work still bash me and call me a "webOS ******" because I'm critical of Android for its clunky UI and myriad bugs (which far outnumber and outweigh the bugs I complained about in webOS).
I reached my breaking point now that my phone will about 30% of the time refuse to render the contents of my e-mail... some messages go blank a few seconds after opening them, and there is no way to get them back short of firing up the browser and going to webmail. I had an epiphany that, yes, I am a "webOS ******". I'm a "******" of anything that works and works well. I don't have to suffer through the next 18 months of my Sprint contract with an Android phone. I don't need 500,000 apps... I don't even use the majority of the ones I've installed, and most of the ones I do use are available on webOS.
I'm hopeful that the HP Open Source announcement will lead to webOS on my Evo 3D, but I'm also aware of how long it takes HP/Palm to do anything. I won't be caught in another eternal waiting game. I'm faced with two choices:
I'm leaning toward FrankenPre2. Would anyone be so kind as to respond to my questions/reservations about this process? I usually dig through forums and Googlewebs until I find all needed info myself, but given the amount of free time I have now it would take me months to do so.
1. Try different ROMs on my Evo 3D and hope I can find one that isn't trash...
2. FrankenPre2, and hope that I don't regret it.
- Activation - The FrankenPre doc on webos-internals states that the Sprint comm board must be activated prior to the procedure. Does this mean I need to have Sprint transfer service away from my Evo 3D and back to my Pre- before I can do this?
- Browser - I've been away from WebOS for a while now... I liked the browser on my Pre- but occasionally it would unrender a page (just go white) and didn't support things like DHTML drop-down menu systems and whatnot. I would appreciate any love/hate stories you may have with the webOS 2.x/2.2.4 browser.
- Facebook - I used Facebook a lot on my Pre- because the FB app was awesome. FB for Android? Not so much. The mobile FB site isn't my cup-o-tea, and the full site is too clunky for a touch interface, so I've hardly used FB at all since jumping ship. Has the webOS FB app continued to improve in awesomeness since Ben & Dion left HP/Palm? Is the general consensus that the FB app will continue to be updated to work with the newer features, such as 'timeline'?
- Bugs or Hugs - Any vexing issues I should consider in argument against returning to webOS? Any stories about times you wanted to hug your phone because of how much webOS rocks? I want to come back to webOS, but I'm a little apprehensive since it is on its way to being an unsupported (or, homebrew-only supported) OS. Maybe I just need some reminders of how great it is to be able to slide open your phone, type a few letters, and instantly be where you want to be.
Thanks to anyone who takes time to respond. I sure appreciate any input you may have to offer.