August 28, 2011 — There are no comments
Unfortunately, it took several patches to get there. However, once you apply these simple patches, this baby flies – for the most part. It does hang every now and then, and it there is much to be improved. There is no excuse for any lag whatsoever.
The hardware is quite sturdy. Unlike the iPad 2, I don’t feel like the TouchPad will break into a million pieces when I put it down on a table. The weight is a little on the heavy side when handling with one hand for me, especially when you’re lying down with the TouchPad in the air, unless you like the risk of a brick falling on your face.
The glossy plastic back does become an issue sometimes and glides like fingers through silk. I don’t know why they didn’t put the matte finish used in their Touchstone back covers. The Pre 2, Veer and Pre 3 all have the same matte finish, so why did they go for something different for the TouchPad?
The weight and slippery back are negligible issues to what is otherwise a fantastic device.
I was not sure what I would find in the App Catalog, or if I would be impressed, but fuck me was I in for a shock. The App Catalog might not have the numbers like the iOS App Store, but I assure you, the actual quality of TouchPad-specific apps is definitely there. The best thing is: they’re mostly indie developers. I will be doing a review of my favourite apps on here so keep an eye out for that.
With the recent news, some say this platform is dying, why buy a device that won’t receive any updates? To these people I say, open your eyes, see the bigger picture.
The firesale has put webOS into a lot of hands. The news of BestBuy wanted HP to take back ~250k TouchPad but after the discounts, they’ve all gone, and they’re getting more stock. Retailers here in the UK had the same demand.
Developers and users have a relatively young operating system, and it’s exciting to see how the OS will be developed for both these camps of users, not to mention the news awaiting who will manufacture or how new webOS devices will come to market.
I want to end this post on saying the people involved in the homebrew community are all awesome. Without this community, who knows where webOS will be today. The work they have put into platform is nothing but outstanding. If you have so much as installed a single patch, you should think about donating some money to webOS Internals.
Update: I forgot to mention something quite big. You know that whole “Synergy” thing where webOS pulls in all the data and contacts from your online accounts? Well, turns out I can’t add quite a significant account: Google.
There’s a bug where you add an account to webOS that contains some special characters in your password where it simply states “Unknown error” and can’t be added. I’m not changing my password on a million devices and setups just because of a silly bug on one device.
So I’m having to do my email in the browser (which is less than convenient) and I have yet to find a nice mobile-optimised site for Google Talk.
Written on my HP TouchPad, using the WordPress app.