Originally Posted by FreeRange
I'm sorry but what are you talking about when you say "Honeycomb is likely to bring better productivity apps"? What nonsense - an app is an app, not the OS home screen, and apple wins the app game hands down. Android also has a huge issue with developers not being able to make much money because the sales channels are a mess, and because android is the favorite with the hacking community that doesn't want to pay for anything.
For the average consumer I agree that the home screen/widgets are more of a convenience rather than a necessity.
However, I can easily envision custom enterprise systems where several interrelated high-use apps are presented as a group of widgets as shown on Honeycomb.
In a way these widgets are roughly analogous to running a few key apps/aggregators, concurrently, on a desktop computer -- the main difference is that they gain prominence or recede as necessary.
I am retired, but remember the days when I had a lot of projects, customers, activities, schedules to juggle -- the "widget computer" would be ideal for this.
Consider someone like Tim Cook * and the myriad of things he needs to have at his fingertips, 24/7.
I see no reason that this capability couldn't and shouldn't be added to iPad iOS (and, to a lesser degree, iPhone iOS).
* or a doctor with patients, a repairman with appointments, a soccer mom...
It is one of those things that a tablet can do better than other computer form factors...And it can be implemented in such a way to add functionality without adding complexity -- the Apple way.