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Dude.. wait... what?!


Jun 4, 2009, 2:36 PM
" It's pretty, no doubt, but there's no real benefit to using the card system. I let a few people who had not even heard of the Pre give it a try, and they quickly became confused and frustrated. "

So.. what youre saying is, you see no benefit to the entire basis of the OS?! Letting you switch between many open applications at a time and not have to re-load them (a la the jesusphone.. er.. iphone).
And, give anyone any phone that theyre not familiar with and they will become confused and frustrated, I hate using the iPhone because Im not familiar with it.
Why do I need to hit that little non descript button at the bottom?? Oh, that takes me back to the main menu.. but what about what I was just doing?! What?.. I have to find that icon ...
Rich Brome

Jun 4, 2009, 4:35 PM
I don't speak for Eric, but I do agree with him.

The webOS card system isn't difficult to master, but it does require an explanation and a small learning curve. Same for the gestures. If you didn't know about them, you'd probably never guess. None of it's difficult, it's just not as intuitive as the iPhone.

The iPhone is dead simple. Anyone can figure it out. There's only one button to learn, and it's the only button. Everything else is intuitive. They've simplified it so that you don't need any system at all (like cards) to manage multi-tasking.

Most people don't realize that the iPhone doesn't have true multi-tasking, because apps load very quickly, and load just the way you left them. You can leave the same three pages (tabs) loa...

Jun 6, 2009, 8:01 PM
Pandora+web browsing/emailing/text messaging at once

that's not over-complicated is it? nor necessary for a power user to take advantage of. People like music the world over.

It's my understanding that you can't do that with the iPhone. Am I correct in that assumption?
Eric M. Zeman

Jun 5, 2009, 9:31 AM
What I was trying to say is that if you have just a couple of cards open, it is easy to multitask and jump from card to card.

If you have more than, say, 8 or 10 cards open, it is no faster to use the cards versus simply jumping into the main menu to open any particular app.

The apps open just as quickly from the main menu as they do from the cards. At least, in my experience they did.

From this perspective, it can make using the cards moot.
Tmo Slave

Jun 5, 2009, 8:27 PM
Sounds like from what you are saying is the cards are more for flash or a "cool factor" than actual usefulness. Not necessarily a bad thing but doesn't add anything to the phone.

Jun 6, 2009, 8:11 PM
true multi-tasking is a beneficial feature beyond doing it just to do it. Do 8 to 10 things at once? I don't try to do 8 to 10 things at once regardless of what I'm doing so I think that example is kind of silly, on a cell phone or otherwise.

But doing 2 to 3 things at once can be very useful.

As an example:

I'm listening to music on Pandora because I think its one of the coolest things to ever happen since sliced bread.

I get a IM message from Lisa wondering what time John's flight gets in.

I say let me check, open up the airplane app (forget its name) getting the flight info from the instant messaging (or maybe opening up yet another card and getting the info from an email), moving seamlessly between the two (all the w...

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