Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Oh multitasking. That staple of computing that got thrown out the window with many modern smartphones. We got some rudimentary thing in its place - but even as multitasking on phone and tablets improves, its user-visible side remains cumbersome. Windows 8 has a neat implementation, and now it's time Android follows in it footsteps.
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by Morgan on Tue 30th Apr 2013 06:05 UTC in reply to "comment"
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The problem with that is battery life. Windows 3.1 laptops didn't have to worry as much about battery life because half the weight of the 7 pound device was the battery. I know, because my first x86 computer was an i486 based laptop with WfW 3.11.

On a phone, the battery is almost always a single cell, and every process running on the device is another few minutes of life leaked away. Every Android phone I've owned has suffered severe battery life issues after it's been in use for a few weeks, to the point that it would last no more than four to six hours on a charge. Even with a reflash and only default apps installed, the time between charges would get steadily shorter every day.

In contrast, the iPhone 4S I'm using right now will sometimes last me two full days between charges. Having also had my wife's iPad in the house since we got married last month, I can only conclude that iOS's method of pausing most backgrounded apps is the reason. I say this because, if she is playing a game or using an app on her iPad that continues to run in the background (there are a few it seems), her battery life suffers similar to that of a typical Android tablet. Just browsing the web, or Pinterest, or Facebook barely touches the battery. On my iPhone, streaming audio over WiFi or playing certain games will have a bigger impact, but using more static apps and browsing the web just sips power marginally. On the Android (Samsung Nexus S with a new battery) I could take it off the charger, never take it out of my pocket, and four hours later I'm at 30% battery.

My usage patterns haven't changed; I use the same apps I used on my Android phone and I actually use this phone more than the other, possibly because I've discovered it will last much longer. Yet I get significantly better battery life.

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