A while back, I debated the utility of multitasking to most smartphone users, apropos of the announcement that the iPhone OS would soon support task switching.
One of the primary selling points of Android phones, most notably the Droid, is its ability to multi-task.
Now, we’re not talking about true multitasking like you seem from an OS, but rather, the closest thing to it that keeps the mobile device usable and doesn’t suck down too much battery.
After using an Android phone for about a week, I have to say its multitasking is an annoyance to me more than anything.
Many of the apps I use, e.g. Twitter, GMail, TouchDown (for my Oracle mail), Google Talk, Android Market, etc. have notifications. So, the notifications bar fills up with updates from these apps.
Plus, even in silent mode, the phone insists on vibrating every so often to remind me of the notifications. So, I have to go in periodically and clear them all. Grr.
The most annoying notification yet is from TouchDown for calendar events. These cannot be cleared from the notifications dialog; you have to open and dismiss them. I found this out after the phone reminded for 12 hours about my flight to SFO.
I’m actually killing the battery on the Droid right now to silence it.
I’ve combed through the settings to tone down the chattiness, but there are so many. I’m sure I missed a couple. Overall I much prefer the innocuous little red numbers in the iPhone OS.
So w00t for multitasking and its ability to annoy and distract me.
It’s a good thing Android has some much awesome. Otherwise, I would have been ditched Android phones by Week 2.