52

From webOS to Windows Phone 7 - Welcome to your new home

After yesterday's news that HP is discontinuing all webOS mobile devices, many members of the very passionate and loyal webOS community, including myself, have been shocked into wondering what we are supposed to do next. While I'm not saying that I've already jumped ship to Windows Phone 7 from webOS already (I still love my devices and the community behind them), it's not uncommon to see that many of you are already planning your trip to the store to pick up a new smartphone to replace the soon-to-be-antiquated HP Veer, Pre 2 or even the original Sprint Palm Pre (what we back at PreCentral call the Pre-Minus). Let's get this straight, because I know how loyal you guys are to your platform, switching to a WP7 device is not abandoning the webOS platform - but HP has made it very clear that they're not making phones anymore, so what else are you supposed to do? 

I've been using WP7 on my Dell Venue Pro for a little while now, and even though it's not a shiny new HP Pre 3 running webOS 3.0, it does have a whole lot going for it. If I absolutely had to make the decision tomorrow (which I don't and I'm not... yet), it would be very easy for me to make Windows Phone 7, and WPCentral.com, my new home in the smartphone universe. Let me put it to you this way: If you're thinking about switching to another platform from webOS, WP7 is one of the best options, if not the best, out there for you to choose today.

It's easy to say all of that, though without backing it up; but that's why I've come to WPCentral today to help ease the pain and make things a little more comfortable for those of you joining this community. The webOS platform had a whole lot going for it as an operating system built on mobile devices. Synergy, Just Type, Multitasking, Touchstone Charging, Exhibition Mode, non-interrupt notifications system and other great features (just to name a few) made webOS wholly unique and intuitive - but to say that WP7 isn't already pushing forward with many of these concepts (and even jumping ahead in a few) is to be ignorant of the facts.

To be quite frank - WP7 over any other platform is probably the most similar to webOS as being intuitive and market-changing, and even though many of you might choose this platform simply because it isn't iOS, Android of Blackberry, you should also be choosing it simply because it's a great operating system to use.

Here, by popular request, is a guide to help your transition from whatever webOS smartphone you might be using over to a Windows Phone 7 device. Written by someone who has loved webOS since the day it was announced and will stick with it until the day that it is finally put to rest. 

A Quick Run-Down

When coming over to WP7 from webOS, you'll probably be familiar with a lot of the navigation choices that Microsoft chose to make. You still have a home screen view which gives you access to all of your applications, the ability to switch between landscape and portrait view depending on the apps, swiping around the screen with your finger to view more content or change the current timeline in a twitter application, or tap through a list of favorite artists to listen to a certain song. WP7 is built for smartphones, and most all smartphones works in very similar ways, so getting started shouldn't be too much of a problem for you.

However, there are some very key differences that you'll want to know about before you make the switch. Live Tiles on the home page replace widgets or notification-area dashboards. Just Type is replaced with an in-app quick-search button built into the device. The interface is very flat and based around the "Metro UI" concept, which doesn't allow for as much customization but still provides a very clean experience. All of these changes come together to create a whole new experience than what you are used to with your current webOS device, so keep reading to learn those details and get up to speed on the next mobile operating system to find itself in your pocket.

Choosing a Device

One of the first things you need to be aware of when switching from webOS to WP7 is that there are plenty of more devices to choose from than what you are already used to, and on a few more carriers, too. A total of nine WP7 devices are currently available from device makers like HTC, Dell, Samsung and LG, with others in the pipeline. Each of these phones brings a similar but unique experience; some focus more on entertainment features (like the HTC Surround) while others give you a larger physical keyboard to make typing a pleasurable experience (go with the HTC 7 Pro for style). I've settled on the Dell Venue Pro myself (for now), with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out portrait style (which webOS users should be familiar with) but a large enough screen to make watching movies and updating my statuses clean and beautiful. You can read full reviews of a few of these devices by clicking the links below:

There are a few other devices outside of the US that haven't received a full review from the team at WPCentral, but are still good choices. Check them out here:

Unlike with webOS smartphones, you aren't limited to just one or two devices. Multiple WP7 phones are available right now, and more are coming! Do your research and find the best ones for you, but don't forget to tell us which one you picked here in the comments.

Applications, Games and Homebrew

Where webOS lacked many of the great apps that people highly desire on their smartphones, WP7 is doing a little bit better. There are still fewer apps in the Zune Marketplace (the WP7 equivalent of the webOS App Catalog) than for Android or iOS devices, but the selection is commendable and should be enough to fill nearly all of your needs (Evernote, Voice Recorder, Tasks Managers, Twitter Apps, Kik Messenger and a slew of fart apps). Not to mention the fact that some of the more well-known webOS developers are already bringing their apps over to WP7 devices (like Carbon for Twitter), and there's not much else missing that you could want. Since the developing company, Microsoft, also happens to own the most popular gaming console in the world (the Xbox 360), you can imagine that gaming on these devices is getting to be pretty fantastic. Using the Xbox Live profile that was already created when I bought my Xbox 360 a few years ago, I get instant access to a great gaming ecosystem that no other platform can currently match.

Homebrew, on the other hand, is a very different matter. Nothing, not even WP7, can match the amazing homebrew community that helped keep webOS kicking for so long, but that doesn't mean it's non-existent. In the WPCentral forums there is some talk about homebrew on these devices which you can join in with (for free, I might add), but there are plenty of other resources on the interwebs that you can check that our outside of the small community here. Don't think of it as a bad thing that WP7 has a smaller homebrew crew, though; think of it as an area that this community can grow.

I would be foolish to not mention the outstanding WPCentral app, because it really is a great app to install on your device (and that's not just because I'm writing this piece on WPCentral). If you want to see what developers are capable of making for Windows Phone, that app is a good one to look to for an example.

Internet Explorer

One area that the webOS browser sometimes lacked for users was with the web browser. There are two versions of Internet Explorer: the version on current phones aka 'NoDo' and the newly revamped IE9 for Windows Phone "Mango" (see review) coming this fall. The latter version is a 100% port of the desktop browser that supports HTML5 (no Flash support though) and crushes other browsers on the Acid3 test. Oh, it's also hardware accelerated for that extra umph in graphics. For Opera browser lovers, be sure to grab the Opera Link app from the Zune Marketplace, too; which will sync all of your bookmarks and speed dial from your Opera Live account.

Synergy and Zune

Synergy doesn't exist within WP7 in exactly the same manner that it does in webOS, but it sure comes close and even exceeds it in a few ways. What you once called the webOS Account (or Palm Profile) is now your Zune or Windows Live account which you will use to backup all of your application, music and account data to your PC (through the Zune software). You are also still able to integrate your social networks with the OS in some really cool ways that webOS only did through third-party apps. For example, Facebook doesn't just sync your contacts and images to the "People" app on the device (which we called "Contacts"), but it also shows the latest status updates from those people under the "What's New" section of the app. The Photos app doesn't just give you access to all of the photos and images that you've synced using Zune on your PC, but also show you the latest uploads from your friends on Facebook or Windows Live. Can't forget about the automatic uploading of photos to Windows Skydrive either, which is Microsofts free file management service in the cloud and built for Windows Live users. Xbox Live (there is no real equivalent of this on webOS) doesn't just show which games you have available to play, but also gives you a list of friends who are online and getting their game on.

webOS might have been gunning to make HP Play a viable music syncing service for smartphones, but it is no match for the offerings that Zune brings. Connect your WP7 device to your computer using a USB cable or over a wireless network (Yes, wireless syncing!) and the Zune software will automatically see that software and begin syncing the changes that you've made to your music library. And forget Spotify - for a monthly fee Zune also gives you unlimited access to as many songs as your device can hold to stream, download and purchase. When you're phone is connected to your PC, all new apps, music, podcasts, videos and photos are synced automatically. 

Search

There might not be a "Just Type" feature in WP7, but having that search button on the device to use for every single app does get the job done. Tap it while you're in the "People" app to search for a specific contact, or while in the Email applications to search for an email with a specific subject line.

If you hit it from an app that doesn't have any data to search (or while on the home screen), your device will launch the beautifully designed Bing search page which will let you search the web using Microsoft's "decision engine". Because you'll only be searching within a single app at a time, the results usually come a bit faster than on webOS devices, so that's something else to keep in mind. There is a good chance that on-device content search is coming with the future Tango update, but that won't be for a little while still.

 

Multitasking and Gestures

In the current version of WP7, multitasking is completely non-existent. Sure, you can play music in the background while you browse through your other apps or put your games in a deep hibernation to resume later, but that's pretty much it. In future updates of the operating system, WP7 will be getting a multitasking setup that is very similar to webOS's card metaphor, but it's not here just yet, and still won't be what you are used to on any webOS device (no swipe-up to close an app).

Advanced Gestures are pretty well out of the question as well, but getting used to the other navigation techniques of WP7 is simple enough. Swiping left-to-right (and vice-versa) will navigate you through various views within the app that you're currently using (but won't delete items in a list). Pinch-to-zoom works as needed, and several apps have unique gestures implemented to allow you to do some advanced tasks more quickly. On all current WP7 devices there are also touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom of the screen as well, giving you a back, home or search button within reach of your thumb.

Notifications

Another area of expertise for webOS is in the outstanding no-interrupt notifications system with plenty of advanced APIs that can be taken advantage of by third-party app developers. In WP7 those same no-interrupt notifications are around, but are setup in a very different way. Rather than a notifications bar to remain active at the top or bottom of your device, you'll hear (and sometimes see) the notification alert that will let you know that something has arrived, be it a text message, email or tweet (these alerts can all be customized, too).

If you hit the Home button, the "Live Tiles" on that home view will be updated to show missed calls, text messages, emails and more. These tiles can also be accessed by developers to add advanced features as well, but that's all specific to the apps that you get. One dashboard-like feature that is available, though, is when using the Zune music player. While listening to a song, switch to any other application (or just hit the home button) and then use your Volume-Up or -Down keys to reveal a small media player in the top section of your device. 

This is only the start

While my quick review here might have covered a lot of the major feature-changes between webOS and WP7, there is still a whole lot more to keep going through. If you want to know more about how to make the switch from one platform to the next, keep heading back here for more tips, comparisons, guides and tutorials (like how to transfer your contacts, sync calendars and a few others). I'll be going in depth and into a lot of detail over the next few days to help make your switch as easy as possible, even in the midst of all of the hard news.

Until next time, though you should definitely keep watching PreCentral for the latest updates on the future of webOS, welcome to your new home.

12
loading...
0
loading...
76
loading...
0
loading...

Comments

There are 52 comments. Sign in to comment

Wembergcarlo says:

Welcome to your new home buddy :) Windows Phone for the win!!!

says:

Thanks. It's all bittersweet, but I can see that this is going to be an exciting ride.

Hi Tim,While reading this, I was under the impression that this was a post for webOS users who might be looking to switch to WP, but I did not see this posted over at precentral.net, at least not on the front page. Any chance that this will be posted at Precentral.net? The article is very informative, by the way.Wpcentral posters are pretty helpful and could field any questions that webOS users would have, so send them over!

punkboy#WP says:

Moving to Windows phone as we speak...

bt66 says:

Very nicely written. I am hoping to see WP7 catch fire by Christmas & would love to see fellow WebOS fans embrace WP7.

selfcreation says:

yeah welcome!! i hope allot of people will make the switch to Wp and not Iphone and Android!! hehe but will see..You will feel right at home here :)PS we have the GREATES community out of all the others ;) ( except webos ;) )

raverblood says:

i myself was a avid palm user starting with the treo 650 and had the pre- i mad the change to wp7 when my pre started acting up. i have been following wp7 for a while but loved webos. still do however mango to me is a great replacement for the features taht webos had.. the only thing left to have is the touchstone and then the wp7 would be a complete replacement (imo) to every feature that webos had btw i have had android and a blackberry and hated every day with them.

bt66 says:

Same here. Used every Palm product from the Palm Pilot until Treo 750 & was hoping to see WebOS succeed. Never a BB guy. Been using iOS for the past few years..but never convinced it was the OS for me. Used Android & hated it. Never understood why all the hoopla about Android. I had a Focus for one month & just loved it. Cant' wait for Mango on the new hardware from Nokia, HTC & Samsung.

Sorry, but you have to be out of your mind. Once WP offers even crappy multi-tasking, then fine, I will consider giving it a try, but until then, even the "hold the home button down for a long time to see the stack and pick the app you want" horrific UI in android at least offers me multi-tasking, and android's notification system while more primative than WebOS is still better than what windows phone offers. I can live without swiping between apps, but I can not, and will not live without actually being able to have multiple apps open. IRC needs to be able to run in the background behind whatever else I'm doing. I need two email apps open at once. Also, the fact that windows phone has NO side-load capability, that absolutely EVERYTHING has to go through the zune store is even worse than the iPhone. At least with a jail-broken iPhone you can choose to side-load. Nope. Not for me.

fwaits says:

Fair enough, if you have wants/needs that aren't met by WP or whatever platform, I would hope you would look elsewhere. All systems have pros and cons, and I won't go into what I think they are here, you will make your choice based on how you perceive them and prioritize their importance. Mango obviously resolves a couple of your items, but side-loading likely won't happen, though there are ways to dev unlock the phones and do some of that stuff so if you're into that, take a look and see if that satisfies your needs.

You can sideload on Windows Phone, I do it everyday. There's the official developer route and WP7Chevron is releasing a MS sanctioned unlock tool soon.I have Android (EVO) and don't see how their notifications are better.Android's "multitasking" comes at a cost: CPU cycles and poor battery life. That's okay for some, but not for a lot of us, myself included. Once Android has decent battery life and a non-crappy UI, I'll re-consider that OS.

selfcreation says:

Multy-task in less then a month.... with MANGO. and WP DOES have side loading ... E-mail apps ? its integrated in the OS...lol ...

hysonmb says:

Mango is out there and multi-tasking is far from crappy, you should try it out.You call 1.5 sec a long time? Fine, it's not for you but I can say that being a prior Android owner I FAR prefer Mango where I don't have to have an app running to kill apps that don't close properly or another to manage my battery life. I guess you're one of the few who doesn't like the notificaiton system. I, again, prefer it over Android and when iOS comes out to mimic the combination of WP7 and Android features it won't be anything revolutionary.Back to the multitasking. Mango is out there and being an Android user you likely have rooted your phone to make it functional anyway. Why not slap the RTM Mango build on a device and resolve the complaints? Or, wait about 2 months and get it pushed to you from the carrier. You're complaining about a feature that currently exists...Why do you need 2 email apps open if you can only see one at a time on your phone? Your live tile will tell you where you have messages at any time. I've got 9 accounts split between 2 tiles with all of the inboxes aggregated together. I don't use IRC but chat couldn't be easier since its integrated into your messaging tile. I can send text, chat, or social updates from one place and it's always connected, where's the pain there?Finally, Windows Phone DOES have a side-load capability. You need to Dev unlock the device and there's even a Microsoft sanctioned unlocker in the marketplace now created by the same team that unlocked it originally. Your complaints show that you haven't bothered to actually look into the OS, you're just spreading FUD on the web.

bt66 says:

He is an Android fanboy. They just like to trash talk without checking out WP7 first. If they tried one they are afraid they might like WP7 so much that they may have to dump Android... :-)

Jay Bennett says:

I don't need to echo Daniel's comment about sideloading being possible but I am curious, why do you need 2 email apps open at the same time?You can sync up your inbox's with WP7 and set it to notify you as soon as an e-mail comes in, then go and respond immediately, or jump over the the other inbox if you get an e-mail there?Of course the IRC issue is a real one, and if you need that functionality you're right to be thinking of Android :)

Wont be long till we see and IRC app though, I could basically guarantee it.

eric12341 says:

most ignorant comment to date. WP offers a much better user experience than both android and webPOS combined. hope it felt good going out of ur way to come to a WP community to bash their devices with ur lack of experience with them.

Nataku4ca says:

i hope ur webPOS was a typo...

eric12341 says:

nope it wasn't. I should have the right to bash this OS since this is WPC.

says:

Way to encourage webOS users to come over here and join in your community!

eric12341 says:

well I didn't mean it that way.

riot9 says:

I'm not going to disagree that WP7 is not for you, you know your needs far better than anyone else here. I will point out though that side-loading is in the works through http://www.chevronwp7.com/. You would have to pay a few dollars, but after that your phone would be unlocked and you could then develop and side-load at will (with Microsoft's blessing).

ymala1 says:

And of course it being an officially supported method of sideloading has it's advantages. I'd rather a few dollars and an officially sanctioned app where MS still accepts the responsibility to ensure a safe and secure environment for those that like to tinker have their fun.

fwaits says:

I too welcome any webOS followers here, they are a quality bunch that for the most part values a lot of the same things that I think the WP community does, and any users we gain from this will definitely make the platform and community better and stronger. If you're on the fence, I highly suggest getting a device in your hand and playing around with it a bit, I think you just might find it a surprisingly good product. (And after Mango, a VERY good product)

turdsamich says:

Just type is one feature that I really miss from webOS I often forget the little search button is even on my phone

Greyfish7 says:

registered here yesterday after the webos news hit. today my preplus ringer switch is startin to fritz out. it musta heard the news! lolso when are these nokia superphones coming out on verizon? my upgrade date is the end of sept. :)

luimende says:

I love this community, I came from palm, centro and pre minus for me, I homrewed my pre minus waiting for WP7. I love the WebOS community and I'm sad to see hp give up on it. I have 3 arrives on my account and we all love our phone, I know that WebOS users will love wp7, give it the 15 day try or whatever your carrier gives you. It is not WebOS by any means, but it is solid and awesome. btw, I love how everyone responded to rboatright, I wouldn't have been so nice, but again this community is so awesome and proper.

I am actually am a former webOs user as well and believe the platform to be pretty good. Unfortunately, my Pre broke and I went Android/Evo. However, my Evo won't last me 4 hours without an extended battery and it's beginning to remind me of WM seriously. So I carry my Dell Venue Pro (WP7)which I absolutely love!!!!!!! and my Evo(for now). Welcome webOs newcomers to Windows Phone and WPCentral!

fpostrow says:

WP7 makes webOS look antequated, and I loved webOS until I saw the writing on the wall (and my contract with Sprint was up). I have never looked back and I will say that HP made it very easy, in fact too easy, to leave. With Mango running on my Focus I am very pleased with my decision. Your mileage may vary but look at it this way. If you were going to jump on the all white fruit band wagon you would have done that a long time ago. So you can choose from Googarola, Mango and BB. Try them all, look at the road ahead and pull the lever. My choice was influenced by xBox, the Zune player and deep social integration.

threed61 says:

Access to Office online and skydrive did it for me. And numerous mango vids.

wetworker says:

Welcome to the social my webOS peeps.It's a shame that OS did not get the right push it needed because I loved it,I just couldn't stand the hardware that was available for it. Small screens and under performing processors helped killed it.

Shobiz says:

I bought an HTC Arrive last night.

PapiChulo74 says:

Welcome fellow webOS users. I was a faithful wosOS soldier til around May when my upgrade became available. I was noticing that precentral was reporting more on the touchpad than they were any future phones and came to the conclusion that webOS seemed to be silently making an exit. I loved my pre minus (sprint) and it was hard leaving behind such a beautiful OS but after playing with WP7 I knew that this os would give me everything I needed. Even the representative from sprint informed me that if coming from webOS, choosing WP7 would be my smoothest and most similar experience. Boy did he hit the nail on the head. While there is still a few things lacking, most of those will soon be addressed in the Mango update. I can guarentee all of you webOS faithful that you will be satisfied with WP7 and find that our community is just as passionate and fun as all of the precentral community. Just and FYI, I'm using the HTC Arrive from Sprint. Coming from a Pre, it's nice to have a physical keyboard still however I am noticing how easily the virtual keyboard is to use and find myself also making that transition quickly. Welcome to your new home webOS users.

danjer says:

Thank you, Tim, this is a great introduction! You should forward it to my local Sprint store...I think I'm going to buy the Arrive after all, but only half convinced. It's funny how both Palm and HP tried to sell WebOS to the Facebookers ignoring the fact that it was designed for the business world. WP wants to be a business phone yet has a busy & flashy interface. Too bad these guys can't focus.The multitasking in mango still looks like half-done but really, who needs more on a phone? Maybe on a tablet I'd want more, but should be enough for a phone. At least it offers a better way of switching between apps.From what I saw on some on-line demos it has the integration I want in the Outlook hub though it still feels kind of convoluted to me. I read some articles saying that Mango is coming to all WP7 devices so that's encouraging. Microsoft's stubbornness in investing in XBox is also encouraging - if they do the same with WP they will probably end up with a top product.I hope once I get used to it I'll get to like it. I'll take another trip to the store. I hope they will find one in stock. Last time it took them 30 minutes to find a manual.

Fleon says:

Actually Danjer, I think you'd be very impressed with the way WP7 balances work and home uses. It's extremely focused- fantastic standardized UI across both scenarios, and doesn't scrimp much in either usage. If I were to take exception to anything about your statement (which I have heard from a lot of salespeople who haven't actually used WP7) I would say that, if anything, it's more focused on consumer use than on business. It does both very, very well, but it lacks some of the advanced enterprise management tools that large companies are going to look for to lock down and administer their devices. Decidedly more consumer friendly than business saavy. Somehow adding "Office Apps" makes people think the opposite. Sigh.The multitasking is a different story. Some are going to love it, some will think it's inadequate. It's not full multitasking, it's managed multitasking; only some types of processes will be allowed to run in the background, and some of those things can only run with a certain amount of CPU or for a certain length of time. Similar, in many respects, to iOS. It doesn't let you do as many things as Android, but it certainly seems to save a ton on the battery life. Personally, it's exactly what I was looking for with a phone solution. I definately agree that it would be woefully inadequate on a tablet-type device or full laptop.It's a very different user experience than iOS or Android, which are basically built on the the same paradigm. However, after a couple of days I think you'll love it. My gf just got an HD7 and raves about it compared to Android- loves the live tiles, loves the OS. Only complaint was that Angry Birds wasn't free on WP7. I gave her $3 and she shut up :)Sign up on the forums- there's a lot of helpful people here.

thfcme#WP says:

This is a very clever article. I am a webOS enthusiast, offloading all my equipment now, its done - the hard core fans will keep it alive for now, but in reality, I just see no future. The webOS faithful have done such an amazing job, overclocking, patches, you name it. I feel sorry for them mostly and the fantastic people at Palm, but its time to admit defeat.So I am looking at what direction to go next, and WinMo looks like the path most suited to me, although Im not 100% sure yet. This article though goes a long way at helping me in my decision. I really appreciate it.

jlopez40#WP says:

I started using the HTC Arrive from Sprint a few months ago when it was clear that Sprint was not getting the Pre3. I have to say I love the Webos operating systems and I missed it at first. But I really have come to love Windows Phone 7 OS and I'm super excited for the Mango update. The transition was pretty easy and I couldn't be more happy. I was excited that the Sprint windows Phone had the physical keyboard because I have always had a phone with keyboard, but now I find myself barely using it as I have come use to using the virtual keyboard which I never had thought I would.

jaybee says:

I picked up an Arrive off eBay a few days after news broke that Sprint wouldn't get the Pre3. I've been extremely pleased with WP7 and the hardware. The only lag to be found is in some individual apps, unlike the Pre where everything lagged. The notifications take a bit to get used to after the dashboard on webOS, but I love the live tiles. They're a really cool concept, and I love the push notifications on some apps. All of the native apps are done beautifully, the metro UI is great to look at, and it offers enough customization for me. The only thing I really miss is multitasking, but it looks like they'll be getting it right when Mango comes out. It has almost all of the apps I need, and more coming out every day, and Microsoft is a company willing to do whatever it needs to do to make it's product a contender. I'm really glad I made the switch, and am eager to see what Nokia releases this fall when my contract is up. It's good to see that webOS users aren't blindly flocking to Android as a replacement.

jeffydude#WP says:

I made the move a few months ago, and I'm not regretting it at all. Just put Mango on my focus last week. I'd definitely wait for new hardware, you have many choices now. Enjoy :D

textomatic says:

Great article and welcome to all WebOS fans that choose WP7! Feel free to make yourself at home here at WPCenteral!

wizll says:

nice article. as a former day 1 palm pre minus owner myself, I agree with many the things mentioned in this article. For me, the change was simpler, since I was already a part of the Zune and Xbox ecosystems. I already had a zune pass, which I almost exclusively use on a computer these days, but the fact that it was integrated with the phone, and I no longer had to bring my zune device around was a no brainer. The ability to get virtual points added to my gamerscore on Xbox was also a nice incentive. Overall my transition was seemless.Mango is just around the corner!

tomlamb says:

I am here from PreCentral, swapped from a Veer to a Quantum.

techguy9876 says:

I was a Palm Pre user and switched to WP7 on the HTC Arrive about three months ago. Love it. I'm currently running the Mango beta, and it addresses all of the major shortcomings that drove me nuts about the original WP7 version. This is the most reliable smartphone I have used to date (and much better than my wife's Android, even though she has 4G). I'm a happy camper!

starblade876 says:

I wasn't really a webOS user, but my partner had the Pre Plus and, since I'm the tech savvy one, I had to learn how to use the phone and teach him some stuff. I've always appreciated webOS, so I am sad about seeing it go, too. Even though I love WP, I wish webOS and Android could switch places because I think webOS is much better than Android.Anyway, enough with the doom and gloom. Welcome to Windows Phone! Hopefully, many in the webOS community join us and help improve WP all the more!

selcouth14 says:

*looks around, gets comfortable, waiting for Nokia phones, pre- falling apart*

ahabenezer says:

Just joining up with wpcentral.com this morning. My wife and I have had Palm Pre's for the past 2 years, but we're going to be trying something new as soon as our HTC Arrive's show up in the mail! (Wednesday of this week I believe)

JAStark27 says:

I keep saying for the notifications thing they should move the voice commands to the search button and when you hold down the windows start button it slides in a notification menu with all of them. That way if you miss the toast notification you can bring that up from any app instead of having to back out.

lichtwerke says:

I am a passionate Pre minus user of the very first hours. My pre minus still operates even with his webos 2.1 webosdoctor a litle bit too burdened. The hardware is still in good shape.I developed first under mojo which was a really long learniong curve and lastly under enyo which worked like a breeze - I really loved it for its ease and productivity promises.But with the hp announcement last week I had some really aroused days and wondering what to do windows phone 7 soon appeared as the most reasonable route to go. Learning about it and the SDK soon madde me enthusiastic although there are some 3000 pg. of reading the C#, .NET, Silverlight and special WP7 SDK stuff ahead of me. But I feel relieved since my decision noticing that this eternal "in the coming months" had really stressed my patience more than I had been willing to admit. So I'm looking forward now to a new path - knowing that besides me hundreds (and more) other webos devs are giving wp7 developement a try and the prospect of the mango update makes me excited - I'm looking forward to wp7

JPDVM2014 says:

I'm in the process of looking for an htc trophy. I don't want to use my upgrade when there might be new phones coming out soon. I hate to leave webOS, but my Pre+ isnt cutting it anymore, and wp7 looks awesome. I'll still get my webOS fix from my touchpad.

Landslug says:

My poor Pre+ took a dive and started acting up, so I got an ebay Samsung Focus to hold me over until I can upgrade next May.. I'm really impressed by the hardware, and Mango OS is excellent!
Since I found so much good info on PreCentral, this is where I looked for tips on setting it up.
I'm hoping there is a WebOS phone in the future, but it doesn't seem likely. Until then, I'll enjoy learning the ins & outs of yet another new toy.
Cheers!

HappyPalm says:

Thank you for this great article!  Due to WebOS dying, I will be switching from WebOS in May.  I "love" WebOS, but after being disappointed many times with the lack of apps, I had originally thought I'd make the move to Android.  However, WP is backed my Microsoft, which means it's most likely not going to die out, despite being less popular, and will most likely become even more popular as time goes by.  App-wise, it seems to have most of the popular/important ones - certainly more than WebOS, and I believe more and more developers will soon be catering to WP as well as iOS and Android. 
It's the WebOS users who opened my eyes to the elegant OS of Windows.  My parents have the new iPhone4, and though I do know how to use it, it's a bit of a pain compared to my Palm.  I like an OS that's smart, elegant and doesn't waste my time with unnecessary steps or overly drain the battery... looks like Windows Phone fits the bill! 
I will definitely miss WebOS, but I'm looking forward to my new Windows home in May.  :)

4prepluspixi says:

Switched from webOS Pre3 to HTC Radar. Good article which highlights ket features but I really didnt need it. Mango sure is intuitive and a pleasure to use. Cant believe how slick the UI is, love the fonts and the Metro thingy. Apart from Just Type, I think wp7 does everything else pretty well. Wont miss webOS though sad to see it go.
Looking forward to new updates (which btw were over the air with webOS) and apps!