Originally Posted by tawilson
No! Those words definitely do not describe my experiences with other multi-tasking smartphone OSes, such as Windows Mobile and S60. Running more than 1 app caused them to slow to a chuggy, unresponsive crawl.
The Pre apparently doesn't fair overly well with multiple apps running.
Not my experience at all. I had an old (6 years old) WM phone and the only thing good about it was multitasking, especially since it was even slower than the iPhone at launching apps. It would take 10+ seconds to run the SMS app, but once it was open, you could switch to it instantly. Think about it... on the iPhone, if you're doing something and you want to write an SMS, you have to close the current app (1-2 seconds), then run the SMS app (2-5+ seconds). So that's literally instantly vs. a guaranteed 3 second delay. Kind of an eye-opening difference if you've experienced it. I used to always run half a dozen apps on the WM phone--SMS, contacts, file browser, media player, etc. All those apps were usually completely idle when not in use so it didn't affect performance whatsoever.
The downfall of WM is that apps are left running by default. Most users are not aware of how to quit apps so they accumulate and after a day or two of heavy use the phone will likely crash due to an out-of-memory situation and shoddy OS programming. If you go to a store where they sell WM phones you will likely run into a salesman giving somebody a speech about how to run the Task Manager and kill apps to improve stability. But if the usability was improved, it'd be a slam dunk feature for everybody.
Why do you say the Pre doesn't fare well when multitasking? All the reviews I've read say it works surprisingly well. I was just reading the PhoneScoop review which says everything runs smoothly with a dozen apps open. Where are you getting your information?