How true this all is. I have a Sprint Franken-Pre2, which I upgraded to from my Pre- when the fire sale happened. I've recently been pondering what to do next, since it's been a hard used daily driver for so long. I recently subscribed to google voice, because the idea of going to the Sprint store and getting a new phone, if mine were to break or die, just makes me cringe. At least, with google voice , I can temporarily redirect my number to another phone till I can refranken a new webOS phone :-)
I have seen all my friends' Android and iPhones, and I've experienced the Android experience on my Touchpad.. I really can't imagine, nor have I found anything that would "just work" like webOS. My friends still have to bring their chargers to work to manually plug their phones in when the battery starts dying, using a spare outlet over by the bathroom, so it's hilarious to watch them run over to answer their phones and have to juggle the cable and unplug to move around and take a call.
And they think they're pretty cool when the get their latest "high tech" phone, but are still stuck in the same paradigms, and within a month, they're not really using any of the "cool" "must have" features the salesman extolled to them when they "upgraded". All they really got was a new contract :-)
Of course I'd love more modern hardware and a handfull of more modern everyday practical apps. But the fact is, webOS is so amazingly simple, intuitive and just plain easier to use for real, practical use, that I ,cringe at having to accept the "state of the art". I like the cards, finally adopted by iOS, and I love the responsiveness of the iPhone . But I don't like the feel of the design, its so angular, and so uncomfortable to hold and use. Even the silly lock screen gesture is so "wrong". My thumb moves up and away, not straight to one side.:-) Of course you can train yourself to use any device, but why should you have to go against nature in this day and age.
We are spoiled I suppose, and that, is exactly why we do this to ourselves. Because despite the march of tech for tech's sake, we have experienced tech for people's sake. And that should be the future. That is webOS.
Long live webOS, the OS for people. (not sheep :-P)