Placing our attention with the platform, there’s no arguing that the iPad packs a ton of tablet optimized apps within its App Store right now. However, for other newcomers like Android’s Honeycomb and RIM’s QNX based platform with the PlayBook, they still lack a sizable amount of quality third party apps that are tablet optimized. Taking us by surprise, we’re indubitably enamored by the wealth of quality third party apps available for the platform within the HP App Catalog. Likewise, we’re thrilled to find that developers have taken the time to meticulously create ones that fully take hold of the platform’s potential – while not pushing out ones for the sake of having them available at launch.
Rightfully so, app development is one key ingredient to the success of any platform, but based on what we’re witnessing so far, we’re undeniably impressed with the offerings. Not gimmicky in any way, third party apps like Groupon, Spaz HD, WeatherBug, USA Today, and Comics HD place a lot of emphasis with their presentation – on top of their succinct functionality of course. All in all, there is no shortage of quality apps available with webOS 3.0 from the onset.
Much like most things that are in the beginning stages of their development, webOS 3.0 still needs some growing up to do before it can resoundingly triumph over the competition – especially when performance bugs hinder its operation. Now that the platform is ready for the big leagues, we’re interested in seeing how HP can polish up the platform’s loose ends to solidify itself as a noteworthy candidate in this ever increasing competitive landscape. We’re not kidding when we say that webOS was destined to be a tablet platform, thanks to its logical and idealistic foundations, but despite some of its challenging performance issues, it’s still usable in its current incarnation – albeit, it can be trying at times. Overall, it has some strong support with app developers, and that partnership will indeed go a long way to benefit the platform in the long run, but more importantly, HP will need to be aggressive in fine tuning and branching out webOS 3.0 – either that, or face an even faster demise in the tablet space.
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