09/22/2011, 01:58 PM
Going back to the multi-tasking discussion, iOS as an operating system handles multi-tasking, but you are very limited as far as application multi-tasking. Remember, when you run an app on ANY platform, from webOS to iOS to Windows to MacOS, the application is running within rules defined by the operating system. If the operating system pauses an application when you don't have it as the "active" application, that is ALL about the OS.
Now, with iOS, the operating system itself DOES allow for select functions that will run in the background. This would be like you paying a kid to clean up the yard rather than doing it yourself or paying a professional landscaper. Because you are not paying top dollar, you don't pay much attention to what the kid is doing, so SOME things get done, but you don't expect the sort of results of a professional.
With Android and webOS, applications that go into the background really do run back there. There may be a few cases where the application does NOT continue to run back there, but those are the exceptions, while with iOS, it is the exception for an application to run in the background.
The result is that iOS may seem faster, but that is because it has been intentionally designed not to do too much at once. The Touchpad DOES need some work, don't get me wrong, but from a strictly technical perspective, iOS is as good about multi-tasking as Windows 3.1 was. Of course, if you only do one thing at a time, that may be preferable to YOU, but many of us do a LOT more with our devices than the majority of the people using an iOS device.