The iPhone 1 was revolutionary, but had massive problems (no apps, for one thing), too. So Apple fixed them. Android was awful at first--does anyone remember the T-Mobile G1? It was sluggish, buggy, ugly. So Google fixed it. WebOS started out of the gate as a great OS, fully formed in many ways--and then stayed that way. Problems weren't addressed. New hardware wasn't released. The Pre 2 was delayed, and delayed, and delayed, and then dumped, because nobody cared anymore. The Pre 3? Who knows. So Palm folded. Its creators left, hired away by Google, Apple, and Microsoft. The company was sold to HP, an out-of-touch behemoth with a history of mobile failure who had absolutely no idea what to do with the platform they'd just purchased.