Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:11 UTC
Google Once upon a time, in a land, far, far away, there were two mobile operating systems. One of them was designed for mobile from the ground up; the other was trying really hard to copy its older, desktop brother. One was limited in functionality, inflexible and lacked multitasking, but was very efficient, fast, and easy to use. The other had everything and the kitchen sink, was very flexible and could multitask, but had a steep learning curve, was inconsistent, and not particularly pretty.
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Windows Mobile
by WorknMan on Mon 19th Dec 2011 20:55 UTC
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2005-11-13

I was given a Palm Treo Pro running Windows Mobile 6.1 to use at work, and I hate it so much. Just like The Gimp, I don't give a damn what its capabilities are; there's just something to be said about piss-poor usability, and anything that requires a stylus as the main input method fails. Of course, that's just my personal opinion and if yours differs, that's ok... there's no shame in being wrong ;)

As for task switching, I think ice cream sandwich will address some of your complaints, as it has a dedicated task switching button. However, there's a gesture where you can 'swipe away' apps to get them off the list, but that doesn't actually close down the apps - just removes them from the list. Google seems hellbent on making sure users don't have the ability to close down apps when they know they're finished with them, and anybody who says apps in the background aren't really running has obviously never used the Navigation app.

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RE: Windows Mobile
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 19th Dec 2011 22:11 in reply to "Windows Mobile"
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2005-07-06

As for task switching, I think ice cream sandwich will address some of your complaints, as it has a dedicated task switching button. However, there's a gesture where you can 'swipe away' apps to get them off the list, but that doesn't actually close down the apps - just removes them from the list. Google seems hellbent on making sure users don't have the ability to close down apps when they know they're finished with them, and anybody who says apps in the background aren't really running has obviously never used the Navigation app.


Task switching is one of the things that has bugged me the most about Honeycomb (Moto Xoom)... I end up rebooting every 3-4 days, just to clean up the list of running applications. And the task switching mechanism seems terribly clunky after using WebOS or the PlaybookOS, but that's another rant.

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RE[2]: Windows Mobile
by WorknMan on Mon 19th Dec 2011 23:26 in reply to "RE: Windows Mobile"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The task switching in ICS is different... when you pull up the list, you can 'swipe to remove', and the same goes for notifications. They stole fizzy lifting drinks from WebOS ;)

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RE: Windows Mobile
by anevilyak on Tue 20th Dec 2011 15:16 in reply to "Windows Mobile"
anevilyak Member since:
2005-09-14

Google seems hellbent on making sure users don't have the ability to close down apps when they know they're finished with them, and anybody who says apps in the background aren't really running has obviously never used the Navigation app.


Only an app that registers a background service (which the navigation app obviously has to do since you don't want your gps nav to stop running because you want to go check something else) continue to run in the background. Other aspects of apps get suspended/serialized when the app leaves focus. Such an app appears in the recent task list, but is most definitely not actually running any more.

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