It really comes down to management of expectations. Everyone who has been following this phone before it came out saw videos of a facebook app icon. The Pre arrives sans app and we are told it is coming 'soon'. So we wait on an app that, ostensibly, is already in the cooker.
Finally, on another phone, the Pixi, the app seems to be coming, but, after so much time, it is incredibly bare bones--less facebook and more twitter-status-updates-from-facebook.
I have complete faith that it will improve, as will it's overall integration into the WebOS as a whole. But, the syllogism that allows for the iphone argument of 'it took 3 years to get where they are' is meaningless if you don't put it into context. It did not take 3 years for the program to be constructed: it took three years for apple to realize what it had in the potential of apps, for facebook to put a stranglehold on personal blog-space marketshare, for facebook to begin allowing for programs to access its content through proper APIs, for facebook and apple to determine where they would shift their goals as companies, and for facebook and apple to see the benefit of a polished app.
The actual writing of the app took some time, sure, but the provenance of a facebook app lie less in the software's creation and more in the nature of the construction of the app business model itself.
A model that exists already.
People are upset because the blueprints are there. No, I am not talking about porting programs over which is not going to happen exactly, but I am talking about the idea of what a more completed facebook app feels like.
One of the important things to always remember about commentary on the Pre (and now, Pixi) and Palm is that everything depends on your time frame. If you have been following the phone from the beginning and know what was implied, you will have a different set of views than the day-one pixi recruits we get on this board. If you barely use the calendar enough for it to bother you, you will have a different opinion from someone who had a treo 650 then switched to a treo 800w then switched to...etc.
What I am trying to say is that this issue isn't really about facebook at all.
I barely check facebook-it is really not my thing, but I understand its use. In fact, every manufacturer does as a facebook program appears on every single phone these days; except the palm pre (by default).
The Homebrew community has been rockstars from the very start, and it's almost a shame that a portion of Pre sales don't automatically go into a kitty that they divvy up amongst themselves. When an official dev demonstrates how they can make integral code in real time in front of a room of folks and have it be useful, you wonder "why not just do that in the first place?" If it is that easy, then why do we have 3 threads on the first page asking about text forwarding (yes, there is a patch, and, yes, I use it to great effect).
I almost wish Preware came installed on all Pres and Pixis for the sake of both Palm and, most importantly, the consumer.
The homebrew community has made tweak after patch after application, and you just wonder what is happening on the other end of things. Of course palm cannot send out a Pdf that says 'ok on this date we will have this and on that date we will have that' but when a dev says 'immediate future' in terms of speed updates, you tend to assume he means immediate future, such as a 1.3.1 patch that is due a month away.
I would have absolutely no issues if the next patch had no changes, but gave dev's access to a boatload of APIs, to let them run wild. That would be fun, and I would be all for it, but after all this bluster about increased speed, a native facebook app, css transforms, and flash, I don't think anyone is in the wrong to feel a bit disappointed.
I am. And while this isn't a 'How could you, Palm. Farewell.' post because this is clearly the best phone on the market, it does make you wonder.
I almost wish I could skip this patch, so I don't have to be bothered into removing all my tweaks and patches and switching partitions and such. Ha, now that would be an interesting feature: crappy patch that isn't that impressive? Change the download date so by the time Palm releases a patch that is worth all the trouble, you can actually be impressed.