Originally Posted by Menno
Google/Android is reworking the Google UI though, it's going to look more like Honeycomb across the board. HC was just the first UI with the new developer at the helm. Once they get to the "I" version, it should pop up in phones as well. So that should take care of the consistency problem.
And most apps will work in Honeycomb, though the number optimized for the larger screen is still small (developers are still rebuilding applications with the Fragments UI) But I was able to load most of my favorite apps on my friends Xoom without a huge issue. The ones that gave me trouble were the ones that had their resolutions hardcoded (which is something devs shouldn't do anyway)
I think that if Amazon makes an Android tablet, they're not going to market it heavily as the Android tablet, it will be the Kindle Tablet or something similar. Based on android, but not marketed as such.
I've used the Xoom for a while, and I didn't come away impressed. While better tablets will come out, the software needs a lot of work. Google doesn't seem to know where it is going with any of this. They change their stance every couple of months. They don't care about how well the platform works, just as long they get it into as many hands as possible. Now they're talking about "Ice Cream", where they'll integrate it for both phones and tablets, something they were denying would happen just a month ago. We'll see how that goes sometime in the future, if they come out with it.
As far as Android apps working on Honeycomb, well, it's a mess. Admittedly, many iPhone apps don't look great on the iPad. But unless they require a voice phoning feature, they all work, and work well. Many work better on the iPad than on the iPhone because of the extra power of the hardware.
Not so with Honeycomb. Many apps don't work at all, and many that do, look really bad. I mean bad in a way that's worse than the softness on an iPad. They are streached or compressed in one direction, which often makes them hard to use or read. Sometimes elements on the screen are simply lost. It's really quite bad. So while it's easy to say that things are working well on Honeycomb, it's not really true.
And then we can look at cheap "tablets". They use 2.2, and often are 7" models with 800x480 resolution, the same as many phones, and not as much as a few. Even the better inexpensive ones are still not able to use Honeycomb, which means, in Google's eyes, that they're not tablets at all, and it seems unlikely that most of them, if any, will be upgradable to 2.3, much less 2.4 or Honeycomb itself.
While we'll see improvements over the year, the very slow pace of Honeycomb app development won't help. That's going hand in hand with very slow sales so far of Android tablets, and the lack of more than one Honeycomb model, though we may seem another within a month. But if the Acer sells as slowly as the Xoom, developers, who have been stating their unhappiness recently, won't be rushing to support it.
It's always possible that Honeycomb is starting out the way Android phones did, with one model being hailed as a killer to Apple's product, but proving to be a loser, but with more models coming out later that are better and more widespread, and increasing the sales a good deal. But, as has been pointed out by a number of writers, these aren't phones, and we can't automatically expect for things to play out in the same way.