For any veteran webOS users out there, they’ll easily recognize that most of the core apps with webOS 3.0 employ some of the same characteristic layouts found with their smartphone counterparts. Again, some might expect to find a totally revamped look with its core apps, but instead of doing that, HP has done a great job in refining them.
Specifically, it’s most evident with the email client because at a first glance, any veteran webOS user will immediately see its general resemblance to the one used by webOS smartphones. However, after absorbing it in, we like how HP manages to incorporate its resizable three panel layout to better give you visibility on what’s most important with you. Conversely, it’s still missing out on some desired features that increase productivity – like threaded conversations and the ability so select multiple emails for deletion.
The messaging experience can be equally smooth or erratic depending on the mood of webOS 3.0, but as we already know, the layout of the on-screen keyboard is more than ideal. However, there is the odd bug or something when it comes to the auto-correct feature because after intentionally typing something incorrectly, it’ll naturally correct us by replacing the word. Strangely enough, the replaced word is underlined and is indicated as a misspelling, but upon hitting it with our finger, it actually suggests replacing it with an incorrect word. Odd to say the least, it’s undoubtedly a bug that can frustrate some people.
Synergy is represented well with the Contacts app since it’ll display all the usual pertinent information regarding each person – plus it’ll link to other profiles that include things like Facebook, Google, and Skype.
Similar to our dislike of the amount of dead space found with the homescreen of webOS 3.0, we’re feeling much the same about the Calendar app as well since it’s a direct up-scaled version of what’s used by webOS smartphones. Obviously, there are three calendar views available, but they could’ve better organized its layout to take advantage of the unused space.
Web browser & Multimedia:
As a whole, the web browsing experience is tolerable enough to accept mainly due to its functional and easy organization – but still, it’s sometimes dampened by some sketchy performance issues. Nonetheless, Flash support aids in keeping the experience firmly intact to what’s found with a desktop based browser. So yeah, we’ll accept it at its current state, but we’re surely waiting to see how much better it can get with future bug fixes.
If there’s one app that perfectly sums up the blemishes we find throughout webOS 3.0, it has to be none other than the Photos & Videos app. Blatantly, it struggles to keep any momentum with its operation since we experience unnerving things like delays, lock ups, and general choppiness when browsing through multimedia content. Still, we dig its ability to populate images from our Facebook photo albums, but it doesn’t help that it’s limited in functionality – meaning, it lacks any serious sharing or editing functions.
Besides Android’s Honeycomb platform, there aren’t a whole lot of eye-catching looking music players out there. Without a doubt, the conventional looking presentation with the webOS 3.0 music player isn’t surprising by any means, but at the same time, it would’ve been great to see some minute distinction to separate it over the pack.
Lastly, instead of launching a dedicated app, clicking on the YouTube icon in the app panel essentially points us in the direction of the YouTube web site, which works well, thanks to the TouchPad's full Flash Player support.