UPDATE: After needing to perform several tasks via specific apps for work, I had to switch to iOS. However, I still use my TouchPad and still have an affinity for webOS, and I always will.
Soonafter HP announced it’s ceasing webOS hardware operations, several longtime naysayers called me out on my supportive comments about the TouchPad and webOS smartphones.
More so, people wanted to know what I thought about HP waving the white flag.
I’ve had difficulty getting all my thoughts together. Partly because I’m in mourning. Partly because there are so many “what ifs” running through my mind I can’t get them sorted.
Do I feel dissed over HP’s decision? You bet. After all, like many here, I’m not just a Palm/webOS user, but a loyal advocate. I grew my business with many tools, including Palm products. I’ve used webOS to further streamline small business consulting operations. This, despite the fact that nearly 75% of my clients and colleagues use iOS, and the remaining use Android. I’ve been the lone webOS user at many small conferences, at Starbucks, even at the local bar. I’m the one who tells my husband to wait in the frozen foods aisle for a minute because, “I just saw someone texting on a Pre!”
Over the past few days I’ve received several messages, and one in particular sums them all up:
“It looks like it is time for you to join the iPad team! What are you waiting for?”
Well, I’m waiting for plenty of things…
- Disposable money. $600 worth.
- True multitasking.
- Flash. I’ve heard all the arguments, but if you had to incur the cost hundreds of thousands of small business and band sites do in order to have Flash content converted properly, you’d understand why it’s an important feature to have – at least today – on mobile devices.
- The ability to do what I want, how I want. iOS5 is going to be slick as heck. But, you know what? I want all those syncing features they tout sans cloud.
But there’s another key reason I’m not switching any time soon…
I don’t have to.
My devices work. Why spend money needlessly?
Even if webOS itself is nixed, there are loyal developers and the Homebrew community who – unlike big business – will stick around until it gasps its last breath. These guys have never been paid the recognition they’re truly worth. They do what they do because they love the platform and have an affinity for making the rest of our experiences better. To them, jumping off the ship even while sinking is cowardice. Rather, they play the captain, stay with the ship and bail water as best they are able.
HP says the company will continue webOS software development, and hopes to partner with a hardware manufacturer. Some speculate it’s too late for that, and, perhaps it is. But this webOS user will keep forging onward until the powers-that-be, or her devices, just totally give out.
For those freaking out over the madness that is HP and webOS, I can only offer this one piece of advice. It comes from my husband – who’s said it to me hundreds of times as I’ve often (and, quite excitedly) try to make webOS the topic of conversation:
“Hon, it is just a device. It’s not like you couldn’t manage your life before it existed.”