I just can't believe the religious-like fervor that those who don't care about multitasking take when defending Apple's decision to not let us multitask the apps we want. What is the harm to you who don't want to multitask if it's an OPTION for those of us who do? None. What is the harm to those of us willing to make the trade off in battery life vs multitasking? Loss of functionality we consider valuable. Why can't you just acknowledge that for some of us, multitasking has legitimate purpose, and would be a nice feature?
Originally Posted by stevegmu
Don't BBs have far smaller screens than iPhones, as well as much larger batteries? Why would someone need to have multiple apps open at the same tine? Notifications
tells me when I have a new e-mail. Is the Black Berry so slow at opening apps, it is more efficient to just open them up all at once, rather than waiting for them to open? Such is not the case on the iPhone, nor iPad, from what I have seen.
Did you catch my post above re: multitasking and displays and battery life? Here's a paraphrase of it:
Originally Posted by DistortedLoop
What's more important to battery life I think, is display. It's got far more impact on the device, especially one that is meant to have the display running full time as you use it, than an efficient unix-based OS running a few apps is going to have.
Your assertion about BBs having smaller screens is the reason they use less battery fits right into my point. Android Nexus One multitasking a dozen or more apps all day long loses 76% of its battery to the display, not to running all those apps.
With that in mind, it doesn't matter how fast the apps open if they can be a screen swipe away and be open that much faster with negligible system resources used to maintain that state. And some apps, especially on the iPhone ARE slow to open. Something as simple as the Gym Buddy app I use at the gym takes long enough to open on the iPhone 3G[s] that it's just much simpler to leave it backgrounded (jailbroken iPhone) and it's right on the page I left it. Gas Buddy's another example I use: I stop at a stop light and there's a gas station. if Gas Buddy is open already and multitasking sitting in the background, I can get to it instantly to report a price before the light even turns green; if it's not, it takes long enough to open that I might as well not bother unless I want to input while driving (unsafe).
Inrix Traffic the same thing and Navigon navigator the same thing. If I want to allow my location/speed data to feed the Inrix traffic reports system, I have to leave the app running all the time. If I do this without multitasking, I can do NOTHING else with the phone. Battery life is not a concern, since in the car I am plugged into a charger. Navigon I can set up a route, then let it background while I do something else and it spits out directions as appropriate, but only if I can multitask, otherwise my iPhone becomes nothing more than a GPS.
The number one drain on battery life on computers and AppPhones is the display. The number 2 is the radios, unless some errant application (like Flash, ahem) runs amok with the CPU.
With the logic some have of "you don't need to multitask because it chews up battery" then we should be arguing that we don't need a 9.7" IPS display because it chews up battery...we should settle for e-Ink, because that's good enough.