[sc:mobile-category ]I’ve been running my TouchPad with the 3.0.4 update now for a couple of weeks and to say that things are better would be an understatement .
The update brings several big improvements:
- Phone connectivity for any Bluetooth phone
- Built in camera app
Lets be honest for a moment, the initial release of the TouchPad had a woefully inadequate software stack on it. it was missing lots of features and had a tendency to crash ever few minutes of usage.
3.0.2 was released to resolve some of these issues, but the stability was still somewhere between a clown balancing a goldfish bowl on a stick and someone learning to ride a unicycle for the first time.
3.0.4 makes a radical step forward in stability, to the point now that in the last two weeks I’ve only had two crashes, both of which were flash related.
This release should have been the one shipped with the TouchPad, it would have made a world of difference to the end user experience. But that’s really a moot point as we know HP would have killed it either way.
The Bluetooth support in the voice apps is neat, but overall I don’t think very useful. It supports receiving and placing calls but to support SMS it requires a specific BT profile that my phone (and from the documentation around the net, most phones) doesn’t support.
The new camera app really should have been there from the start, but better late than never.
Overall the TouchPad is more responsive and doesn’t freeze up nearly as much so I have to give it a big two thumbs up.