Why I can’t use WebOS

I’ve used it for 2 years since obtaining my Palm Pre. In general, there is not too much available on WebOS compared to Android, and development to fix that is very slow.

I moved to an Android phone 7 months ago after being fed up with the lack of Google Voice integration, and Sprint ironically released their integration with Google Voice a month later. I also recently obtained a TouchPad since it was $100, even though I did not need a tablet whatsoever (I’m a phone + netbook + desktop kinda guy; no tablets or laptops.)

My list was scrambled not too long ago, so it’s probably missing things, but without further ado..

TouchPad severe:

  • Maps – Bing…
  • No camera app WTF!
  • No GPS (TouchPad only), so no navigation

WebOS severe:

  • No real input method support
  • No widgets
  • No polished Twitter app; a few have existed here and there but no outstanding ones
  • No application handlers!
  • Email – replies are made with a weird font, makes me not want to use it altogether
  • The obvious – limited app selection. I’m sick of no Google Voice, no Google Reader, no VNC client, weak terminal/ssh clients, etc.

TouchPad mehs:

  • Kinda slow at stock 1.2GHz, fine with 1.5 UberKernel
  • YouTube is not native. They want you to just use the YouTube webpage, which isn’t exactly bad, but isn’t good at all. You try to do desktop-style mouseover to fullscreen or change volume, and it doesn’t work well on the TouchPad. Also, videos have trouble playing at higher resolutions.

WebOS mehs:

  • No last.fm scrobbler. Must use music player with integrated scrobbling

WebOS awesome:

  • Card view
  • Best developer community yet worst app selection
  • Homebrew FTW (also FTL, we live in an era where everything should just work)

Since it’s 2011, everyone expects their technology to just work, and for some reason they all think that you should never have to wait for anything. While this is a somewhat reasonable expectation, they shouldn’t be surprised when it doesn’t perform “like a Mac” or “like an iPad”… that is, a device that can’t really do anything, but does it (fairly) well.

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