Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Jun 2009 11:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Palm Pre will hit the stores on Saturday, June 6, and it has a very important task to fulfil. Contrary to what the sensationlist media want you to believe, that task is not to dethrone the iPhone, but to save a flailing company. Palm requires for its very survival that the Pre and its brand-new operating system webOS is a success. CNet has taken the Palm Pre through its paces, and despite some flaws, they were quite pleased, especially on the software front. Update: Another review, from Engadget: "To put it simply, the Pre is a great phone, and we don't feel any hesitation saying that."
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Multitask & Battery Life
by kragil on Thu 4th Jun 2009 13:06 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Everybody knows that that is just a lie only Apple fanboys believe.

Not to multitask was a design decision.

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RE: Multitask & Battery Life
by memson on Thu 4th Jun 2009 13:21 in reply to "Multitask & Battery Life"
memson Member since:
2006-01-01

Multitasking does use more battery life. It's not a "lie". The more the processor is in a non idle state, the more battery power it uses. Most mobile processors (such as the ARM class processor in the iPhone) will go in to a low power idle state when not being used.. this runs just the bare essential processes to keep the OS running. If your processor can't sleep, it will draw power constantly. This will use up your charge more quickly, hence worse battery life.

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RE[2]: Multitask & Battery Life
by kragil on Thu 4th Jun 2009 14:03 in reply to "RE: Multitask & Battery Life"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

Running in the background != multitasking

In theory tasks that run in the background can effect battery life. Practice has shown many times it doesn't effect battery life significantly.

And btw: I recently got my old MDA Compact (HTC Magician) back. It runs WinMo 2003. The UI is crap but I is able to multitask just fine. And battery life isn't effected by how many apps you run. They all just sleep when you don't use the phone.


Edit: Much better review:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/06/03/palm-pre-review/

Edited 2009-06-04 14:07 UTC

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RE: Multitask & Battery Life
by sanctus on Thu 4th Jun 2009 14:01 in reply to "Multitask & Battery Life"
sanctus Member since:
2005-08-31

from the summary :

The bad:
... Battery life drains quickly and the smartphone can be sluggish at times ...

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RE: Multitask & Battery Life
by chiwaw on Fri 5th Jun 2009 18:28 in reply to "Multitask & Battery Life"
chiwaw Member since:
2006-02-05

As strange as you might think of my opinion, I actually *really* appreciate the fact that iPhone OS is *not* multitasking. I used WinMo for years until I changed for an iPhone last year. The one thing I hated the most with WinMo was precisely the fact that it would multitask by default, keeping apps running even when I quit them or switch to an other app, slowing the whole machine down, increasing instabilities, etc.

I love the fact that when I want to run an app on my iPhone, it has all the resources possible offered by the hardware, and I cross my fingers that Apple will NOT fall for the pressure to make iPhone OS a multitask one.

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