In WebOS itself, there's still no way to have Exhibition mode go to sleep after a specific period of time, to save power. (Exhibition mode is essentially a lock screen that appears with access to your agenda and other information while the TouchPad is docked but not in use.) Storage for downloaded apps continues to be limited to just two panes. Once more, there's no control over location privacy on a per-app basis. As before, text selection is difficult and awkward. File syncing is constrained in that you can't connect to a PC while also using your TouchPad's apps. And support for corporate security policies is just as basic as in earlier iterations.
If you own a TouchPad, the update will be a pleasant improvement. If you've been sitting on the fence about which tablet to choose, the WebOS 3.02 update doesn't change enough to put the TouchPad in contention with the top tablet, Apple's iPad, or the runner-up, Samsung's Galaxy Tab. 10.1.
Remember: Apple will up the ante considerably when iOS 5 comes out in the next two or three months, and Google may do the same when it releases Android OS 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" in the next four or five months. The gap will ony widen if HP's pace doesn't quicken in a big way. A WebOS 3.1 update by Labor Day would show real zeal on HP's part to overcome the TouchPad's initial stumble.
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