Well, there's a lot of stuff that is definitely inferior to the competition - like, for example, Accessibility for Handicapped users - there are absolutely zero options in all three versions of webOS for accessibility. In iOS, I've got 10 different base options, with combinationso f dozens of settings available, for visually impaired, hearing impaired, and motor-skill impaired users. Some of which are also particularly useful to non impaired users, as well.
Originally Posted by siobhanellis
There's no built in wifi data syncing, but that's fine because there are lots of apps to do that (and I'm working on a media player that will do that too, from a specific media server). There is not even an ability to provide access to apps to much of the data that is stored on the phone - your contacts list, your call logs, your scheduling. There's no way to integrate existing data into anything, except in the contacts list, you can bring up a crap looking window over the top of your app, that will allow the user to select a single contact to send the data for that single contact to your app. OK, Fine, I understand the restriction -- but you can't filter the list that is presented, either. Example: my app wants to present a list of all your contacts that have telephone information listed for them. I can't do that. I have to show the entire list. My personal list has 900 contacts, of which 82 have telephone contact information. Yes, that's abnormal, but it's probably not REALLY uncommon.
Our app catalog software is -barely- passable. You know, when we submit an update to an application, we have a field that we can enter in "What's New in This Update"? There's no way to see that from the app catalog. If I'm not mistaken, the Preware guys can see it, but the app catalog can't.
Our store does not have the ability to gift people things, it doesn't have the ability to discount things other than giving them away, there's not a way to define sale prices and times, there's no way to see all of the information about an app from somewhere other than the device.
I could go through every app that comes with the TouchPad, and compare it to similar functionality, and go through my iPod and compare it's stock apps to the TouchPad .. but that'd be a very very long wall of text.
There are three things that we have absolutely positively going for us -- Synergy (even though data can't be accessed by other programs), Ease of Use, and our Enyo framework / web apps in general. Pretty much everything else needs pretty serious help to be able to compete with other products made this decade.
I've fallen in love with webOS, more so for what it COULD be than for what it is. Because what it IS shows off some absolute diamonds, but there's a lot of coal.