Originally Posted by mrstep
Don't forget the handling of multitasking in a way that allows multiple 'windows' per app. The Pre stuff looks very nice in terms of letting you have more than one new mail open at a time, including multiple browser windows (or tabs or whatever they are) in the multitasking overview. (Oh... cards! That's what they called them!) Anyway, agreed, having competition should drive things forward and there are definitely areas that have room to get better.
Not thick. I would bet quite a bit that when most people are thinking about tablet(or even a PC) think, "I hope it multitasks well". And few, I would further wager, care if you can run a 2" video while browsing your album lists.
What people, IMO, want to do is listen to music while browsing. Then, if email chimes, go to that email, them go back to browsing, at the same spot.
Whenever I watch people use computer, almost all of them, run apps full screen, and tend to shutdown things when they finish and restart them when I want to use them again. As long as certain tasks(printing, music, IM, etc) can be run simultaneously, most people don't are about things like cards.
I suspect that the Playbook, Touchpad and Android vendors will learn this lesson this year. Whether they learn from it is a different matter.