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HP webOS 3.0 Review

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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.

HP App Catalog
HP App Catalog
HP App Catalog

HP App Catalog


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.

Groupon - Third party apps
WeatherBug - Third party apps
USA Today - Third party apps
Spaz HD - Third party apps

Groupon

WeatherBug

USA Today

Spaz HD

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Conclusion:

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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posted on 06 Jul 2011, 07:51

1. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)


A word with regards to the auto-correct, I think it is a great implementation with webOS...a little different than the rest of the mobile OSs. It notified the users that WebOS has auto corrected a word for them, and gives the users to change it back to what they originally typed. I see this to be quite handy especially if you are typing in names or weird slang that corrected to a traditional word. Personally, I do not see this as a bug, but an extended function of auto correct.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 12:40

2. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Now, for a sports analogy:

It is said you can tell how good a Quarterback in the NFL will be by how much he improves from his first year starting to his second. There is so much to learn at that position, both book knowledge and game day experience, that he will either show great improvement after having a full season under his belt, or will be buried by the demands.

I am very interested to see how the Touchpad responds after it's first season is in the books. If this is the player to actually look good setting next to the iPad, then we will know as they roll out more tablets that are improved after gameday experience and stat sheets are learned from. Or, they will be benchwarmers and out of the league in three years. That would be devastating to WeBOS and HP.

posted on 06 Jul 2011, 16:27

3. m.d.92 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2011)


I've gotten the chance to play around with the TouchPad for the last couple of days now. While it's great to see webOS being utilized on a larger screen, I can't help but feel that webOS 3.0 itself is still very beta-ish. In addition to the problems mentioned in the above review, you'll notice other - although not as critical - glitches and issues when going through various apps, settings, etc. Some of button layouts in the user Preferences, for example, aren't as uniform in appearance as some of the other option settings on the device. And again, while these kinds of problems are very minor, they seem like a bit of a throwback when compared to something like iOS.

I think it's just sad that HP, having made release dates for its devices so ambiguous and having had so much time to tweak webOS, delivered such a mediocre user experience. With the possibility of HP allowing other companies to use webOS, I'm hopeful that players like HTC could integrate 3.0 with its Sense interface.

posted on 07 Jul 2011, 08:26

4. Azure Viper (unregistered)


There IS a way to select multiple emails. Just click the folder icon on the bottom of the middle pane. Review should be amended.

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