By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 9:27 am
Almost all of the reviews of HP’s TouchPad (here’s mine) have the same gist: “This tablet is extremely rough, but WebOS is neat .” HP can apparently live with that.
Here is the problem, at least to me. OS X 10.0 was the first version. This is the third version of WebOS and this seems to be a persistent problem.
The HW that the Pre ran on compared to the Touchpad, I would argue is analogous to the hardware that the first OS X box ran on compared to say two or three year later. And it is still slow. It is the same basic system that WebOS run used. What exactly is supposed to happen to speed it up? Time?
And if that is the case, who will buy it today?
The other thing is though, OSX arguably wasn't that great until at least 10.4. I know, heresy to some, but until then, it was just so buggy and slow.
I think Rubinstein's attitude is really dangerous. It took Apple many years (until 2004) to get Mac OS X to a point where existing users stopped defecting and new users started to pick up the platform. Palm has zero existing userbase and they clearly don't have another 3 or 4 years to dabble around while Apple, Google and Microsoft are innovating at lightning speed. WebOS has been having the same architectural problems for more than 2 years: It's damn slow because it's built in HTML. They have to fix that, it's their one and only priority. This is why Palm failed to turn around in 2009 and 2010, and this is why HP's WebOS initiative will fail. I cannot even begin to imagine what kind of CPU and GPU they would need to add to their printers to run WebOS at adequate speeds.