Originally Posted by IHateScreenNames
There has been a lot of talk about the PlayBook's ability to multitask and how it is better than the iPad. I'm sure many of us have seen a video showing the PlayBook playing a 1080p movie, running Quake and doing a couple of other mundane tasks simultaneously.
So what?!? How is this useful at all? I understand that it is showing the power of the processor but when would anyone really have a movie and Quake running in the background while checking email (Bridged to their BB)?
Yes, I would like to see (and probably will see) a better processor in the next iPad, but not so I can do silly things simply to brag about the hardware. For example, I'd like to see an iMovie on iPad and more GHz will help in that situation. I love my iPhone 4 but rendering out a movie at HD is not exactly a quick process.
All this PlayBook multitasking talk seems like not much more than hype. Help me see the light...
I saw the video of the PlayBook's multitasking. Basically, instead of pausing one task in order to switch to another, both tasks are happening simultaneously. I can do this on my Mac. It's quite nice.
However, RIM has to make sure that they can deliver good battery life. I am a mechanical engineer and there is a process to design. Before starting the design, the engineer, or team of engineers, has to come up with a set of design criteria. Then, those criteria have to be ranked based on importance in accomplishing required objectives. Battery life is probably one of these criteria, and so is fast response time.
The efficacy of the multitasking has to be evaluated based in the context of the overall design. Yeah, it's cool. But the fact is, is it worth it to have a cool feature at the expense of battery life? As a consumer, I do not want to sacrifice battery life for it. What am I going to do with that multitasking, watch 2 films at once?
The multitasking in iOS is not as cool as it is on the PlayBook. But we, as consumers, have to examine it in the proper context. Until iOS 4.2, the iPad lacked a convenient way of SWITCHING between tasks. That's what the iPad really needed. The way it works is when the user switches to another task, the previous task is paused. Say the user is playing a game and he/she wants to send a text. The multitasking function pauses the game, allows the user to send the text, and get back to where he/she left off.
When people multitask, that's essentially what they do. As I see it, being good at multitasking has to do with the ability to quickly transition between tasks. If a person multitasks, he/she has to stop the current task and switch to something else.