08/02/2011, 01:10 AM
A huge selling point for me regarding webOS has been "true" multitasking. I differentiated webOS's way of multitasking as "true" because I believed where other operating systems were holding another app in a dormant state, webOS was capable of actually running another app in parallel to another running app. However, I have been finding that this is actually not the case. I have seen the card of another app freeze as I switch to another card.
For example, I really enjoy playing solitaire on my TouchPad. However, I find that after I place the card that spurs the domino effect of cards automatically finishing the game for me, it is a bit slow. Being my usual short attention spanned self, I decide I'll switch over to my web browser as the game deals itself out. Unfortunately, after browsing a bit, I return to my game and notice it is exactly where I left it! Huh? That is not what I consider "true" multitasking!
Another place I find my multitasking needs unfulfilled is opening new cards while web browsing. When click-holding and selecting "open in new card," I expect that window to open, load in the background and wait patiently for me to switch over to it. That is not the case. The new card doesn't load until it is active :-( I find this, again, not an example of "true" multitasking.
Multitasking really has been a huge differentiating point between webOS and other operating systems...Does anyone else feel a bit underwhelmed with multitasking in webOS?