Today’s myth strikes home with a lot of Android users. One of the complaints about Apple is that they will often “invent” something, call it their own (often using words like “magical”), and convince everyone that they do it the best. And why shouldn’t they? They took the smartphone platform, made it their own, and every new smartphone is based on it (sorry Android fans). However, the point where people start irritating me is when they start taking something from a keynote and quote it like absolute truth. Today’s myth? Multitasking.
“…I bet you’re glad you can multitask. In fact so can I. The only difference is mine doesn’t kill my battery in an hour. Glad you have real multitasking now aren’t you? It’s what the rest of the world calls ‘battery draining.’”
This has been the talk of Android vs iOS for a long time: Multitasking. So what are the differences?
“In fact so can I”
Well…kind off. I won’t say iOS can’t multitask, because it can, but a lot of people point out that it’s not the same multitasking as what you’re used to. What it essentially does is freeze apps in the background and switches tasks (with the exceptions of a few Apple specific apps, such as GPS and Music). For developers to take advantage of multitasking they have to program for it specifically (which isn’t a bad thing, don’t get me wrong) otherwise it doesn’t give the same experience as “true multitasking.” With Android, you can start loading a youtube video and leave the loading screen to do whatever you want. Hulu video? Start loading it, switch to Angry Birds, come back in 5 minutes. You can truly have apps running in the background. While for most apps this doesn’t matter/make a difference (do you care if Angry Birds is frozen or running as long as you don’t have to restart the level?), it does make a difference for apps that want to load/progress.
“The only difference is mine doesn’t kill my battery in an hour.”
Does anyone else not have a problem with this? Unless I try to absolute throttle my device with tasks my phone lasts all day (and usually more). While it is true, iOS multitasking is better for battery, that doesn’t mean that Android phones can’t come close. Knowing some tricks with your phone and your battery can last as long (if not longer) than an iPhone. Yes, it takes some learning to do it, but it’s like learning to ride a bike. Scary at first, but then you realize it’s not all that difficult.
Don’t let someone tell you that iOS has the same multitasking abilities as Android but with better battery. It doesn’t. Apple still doesn’t seem to want true multitasking on their phones, and until they choose to, it will just be “a worthless battery draining trick.” Hopefully, for everyone’s sake, it’ll be “magical” soon.