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Multitasking question...


Jun 22, 2009, 5:46 PM
Can someone define cellphone multitasking for me... because as far as I can tell, the iPhone does it, you can pick up where you left off on any application... and swap to another... Like, safari, to media, to an app, and then back? As far as I can tell that's multitasking in a fashion, if not definitively. Does the application have to stay completely open, using resources to be considered multitasking? Or what?

Jun 23, 2009, 12:56 AM
Not exactly, at least that's not been my experience in the short time I've had my 3GS, I've had no prior experience with iPhones.

The catch-phrase that seems to be kicked around is 'no 3rd party multitasking'. Apple's stuff in ROM seems to multitask OK, but not the apps I've been buying. If I'm playing music files in the IPOD software, and press the home button to run something else, the music continues.

Being a paying subscriber to DI.fm; I purchased Normsoft's Pocket Tunes for internet radio streaming, something the IPOD software won't do. The program works great, but when I press the home button, it exits Pocket Tunes completely -- no option to do otherwise. Can be annoying when you get a text, new email, etc and want to check...
Rich Brome

Jun 23, 2009, 7:27 AM
It sounds like your current understanding is correct.

The iPhone does do a decent job of pseudo-multitasking. It's not actual multi-tasking, but most apps do load quickly and pick up right where you left off, which is most of what multi-tasking is supposed to provide. With third-party apps, it's up to the developer to make this work seamlessly, (a poorly-designed app would not pick up where you left off,) but Apple has created a system that will work well for most.

The real missing feature - as benjitek noted - is the ability to run apps in the background. Apple "cheats" and lets its own apps - like iPod and now Voice Memo - run in the background, but won't let third-party apps do this. There are all kinds of potential apps that might ...

Jun 23, 2009, 12:20 PM
Yup all i have to say is THE PRE IS KING!!!!!

Jun 23, 2009, 12:34 PM
I agree with you on that. Pre has the Iphone beat.

Jun 24, 2009, 9:02 AM
Wow, even though I hate the iPhone, I wouldn't say the Pre is king... Yes the Pre is a great device, but Palm can do so much better. It isn't WebOS I have a problem with, most of the issues of things it can't do will be fixed soon, it is the build quality of the Pre... I really hope Palm decides to do a side sliding Qwerty soon though, cause that is what I really want!!!

The iPhone is a decent device. I would have to say, at least it has some great build quality, but I guess that isn't really that hard when your working with just a touch screen and no other components...

And no, the iPhone really can't do true multitasking... though a lot of the programs do have a great cache system to supplement the lack of multitasking...

Jun 24, 2009, 3:30 PM
I'm an employee for sprint/nextel, and honestly, I really don't care for the pre at all. It just doesn't cut it. Its like a work phone trying to be an iphone, and I think it just kinda failed at both. Its neat in concept, but I agree that palm could have done a lot better. I laugh everytime sprint releases a new "iPhone killer" cause even as an employee, I don't buy it. Sprint should have chose to license the iphone in the first place... Then I would be able to get one instead of paying an 800 deposit with AT&T and deal with slower net and more expensive data plans... Simply everything plans ftw.

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