Music and Words

April 6, 2010

On Multitasking

Filed under: Words — melomania @ 9:46 am
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One of the biggest objections to the iPhone when it was first announced, and to the iPad ever since January, is its lack of multitasking. My mom can’t have her game of Spider Solitaire open on one half of the screen and be checking GMail on the other half.

Before I go on, I need to point out both devices actually do have some ability to multitask. You can listen to the iPod in the background at all times. The iPhone even turns off your music for you when you get a call and automatically turns it back on when you hang up. Push notifications allow the phone to check email and Twitter in the background and let me know if something needs my attention. A lack of multitasking hasn’t hampered my ability to get things done on my phone.

But what does “multitasking” really mean? Do you actually mean you’re reading email with one eye and Twitter with the other? No. You mean you’re checking email and flipping over to your Twitter feed when you want to check it.

Well guess what…the iPad does that. In fact, the iPad handles flipping back and forth between apps a lot better than my Windows PC at work, and sometimes even better than my MacBook. The speed of the device means I’m not really waiting at all, and if I am it’s due to the Internet speed at home, which is a problem no matter what piece of technology you’re using to access it.

I’ve been using an iPhone since August and the iPad since Saturday, and this much-lamented “lack” of a feature hasn’t bothered me at all – on either device. If I’m going to be doing something that I know I need more power for, or can’t do on the smaller device for any reason (which is very rare since I finished school), well that’s what I have a laptop for. I’m not getting rid of my other computer. (Since both the iPhone and the iPad still have to be synced to the computer, that’s not really feasible anyway.)

And maybe it bothers you to have to switch devices. That’s fine. I’m certainly not going to tell you how to do your computing (although I am pretty inclined to tell you to stop complaining). If you have that big an objection to the iPad then DON’T GET ONE! No one is forcing you. I’m simply explaining why I like my iPhone and my iPad and why the lack of multitasking doesn’t bother me.

In fact, I’ve gotten so used to the way I do things on my iPhone, I don’t even notice it.



  1. Pretty much what I’m thinking. Except the crappy internet connection part. I don’t have that problem.

    Comment by fitzage — April 6, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    • Yes, thank you. Some of us have real jobs, like ones that we can’t wear our pajamas to.

      Of course, since my dad has been self-employed for years now, I know it’s not all fun and games. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give you crap about it.

      Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — April 6, 2010 @ 11:26 am

      • When I had a job where I didn’t work from home, I also didn’t have a PC or a crappy internet connection.

        Just sayin’…

        Comment by fitzage — April 6, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  2. Oh, I also don’t have the “PC at work” problem.

    Comment by fitzage — April 6, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    • Neither the Internet speed nor the choice of operating systems at work are my decision.

      Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — April 6, 2010 @ 11:59 am

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