There’s an article on NYTimes that pretty much says WebOS was dead on arrival and has no real chance of success. The article points out that Palm’s choice of WebKit as the HTML rendering engine doomed it because it’s too slow. I can’t say I disagree, my TouchPad is a bit laggy, it’s just as smooth as an iPad. There was a rumor a while back that said HP got WebOS running on an iPad and it ran twice as fast as native WebOS hardware. If this rumor is true, it shows how far behind WebOS’s WebKit implementation is, since the iPad’s Safari is also WebKit based as well.
Now that WebOS is going Open Source, hopefully the community can whip it into shape and give it a speed boost. There really is a lot going for WebOS.