04/04/2011, 11:55 AM
I've been giving this a lot of thought and I keep hearing people talking about the advantages of webOS over other platforms and the first one that anyone lists is "true multitasking". I've always just sort of accepted it as the ultimate advantage, but the more I've used my phone I have come to realize that it's just not important or useful to me. Generally, whenever I am done with something - reading email, texting, etc. - I just toss the card away. I almost never have more than one card up at a time. While I love the ease with which I am able to access the apps and switch from one to the other (i.e., cards), I just don't personally have much use for "true multitasking".
Now, I will qualify this by saying I have never tried using an Android phone and the few times I've played around with an iPhone I just played around with the map app and a couple games. I know there is a lot of frustration with the notifications in iOS and there are varying levels of "multitasking" available in both. I guess what I'm getting at is this: is "true multitasking" really a selling point for the average consumer? Not one single person I personally know has ever complained about their phone not being able to multitask in the truest sense of the word, such as that done by a workstation or their home PC. Personally, I think the interface is a bigger selling point than this concept of true multitasking.
Not only that, but the whole app thing is getting to me. Sure, quality is much more important than quantity...but then again, variety IS the spice of life, right? Right now I'm sort of feeling like I don't even HAVE a smartphone. Everyone is off playing Words With Friends or showing off their AR apps or other such toys and here I am waiting two minutes for the stupid Gowalla app to load so I can (maybe, if it works this time) check in some place and waiting another 90 seconds for the stupid camera app to open and turn from a gray screen so I can MAYBE capture a picture of my kid.
I'm pretty much decided that unless there is some sea change between now and the release of the Pre 3 - some three-fold increase in the app catalog and serious webOS buzz among the populace instead of just the Precentral crowd (don't get me wrong...this place is awesome and you haven't been given the rewards you deserve with regards to all you've done for the platform) - I'll probably make a switch.
I'd like to hear why "true multitasking" on a phone should convince anyone to buy into webOS. I'm not convinced that, in the smartphone arena, it is enough to make anyone buy into an OS with a skimpy app catalog and a poor hardware track record. As far as tablets go, I think multitasking is a much bigger issue. I think the TouchPad shows real promise here and I sincerely hope it becomes a major player in this market. I suppose this is the biggest hope HP has of selling their handsets...cashing in on the ability to pair these devices.
I guess I just don't see the use for multitasking as it exists on my phone. What can it do that other phones cannot that people would actually need their phones to do on a day-to-day basis? In other words, what are the iPhoners and Androiders missing out on right now?