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Some say ” The human brain can’t multi-task and Worse than that: trying to do so actually makes you less productive.”
And somehow they made it related to phones. They claim that phones aren’t meant to be able to multi-task.
Yes, you guessed right. Those are the ones trying to make the weak points of their beloved operating system look good rather than making a good OS and make it more open so changes can be done easier.
I have learnt many things during my years of carrier with Linux-based operating systems and I have never heard someone saying anything like that until today when I came across an article which said exactly that. I went mad at first but I waited, listened to some music and calmed myself down so I could come up with a rather logical / unbiased post.
- All that apart, Why would you want a phone with multitasking capabilities?
- How would you use it?
- Is it going to be showing off only?
- Why some say it’s not good because our brain is so called “unable to multitask” ?
- For the first question, I need to impart it with some examples:
– You’re listening to your favorite internet radio station, a very important SMS arrives you have to read it. Tapping on the notification indicator will stop the app you were in and opens the messaging app; therefore your music has been stopped and you got mad.
– You’re having fun with Spotify, listening to some tracks and you want to check your Facebook at the same time. Press the back button and open Facebook, and immediately you realize that there’s going to be no music while checking Facebook.
-Let’s not stick to music shall we? You’re playing a game on your phone, a call comes across you answer your call and finish it so you can get back to your game. First thing you see is “Resuming…” and after a while of being awaited, you will see the start screen of the game, so basically all the progress is lost.
-You are in your maps application getting directions and you need to quickly get a glance at some note on your phone, you come out the maps app thinking the route will stay there till you come back, note is checked and you tap on the maps app icon to maximize the program. Oh no… The route is gone, and you have to enter everything from the beginning.
- How would you use multitasking?
You can take all the examples from the previous question and with using your imagination, take it to the multi-tasked level.
-Listen to any music on any program (Internet radios like Spotify, or perhaps the music player itself) and do whatever you want with other apps installed or pre-installed on your device.
-Play whatever the game you want and don’t lose your progress while a call or an SMS comes across which has to be answered or replied.
-Easily minimize your maps “While it’s still actually running in the background for real” and check/do whatever you desire to do, then simply come back to your maps application without seeing it been ruined. Pretty manly.
-A great example on Nokia N9, You could have your compass app in the multitasking view and see it run while it’s minimized.
- Is it really showing off only?
The answer is pretty simple, No. It is the most practical and time saving way of using a phone. it’s like having a Lamborghini Aventador with a big trunk so despite being fast we are being able to carry all of our stuff around! More like a very very fast 4WD saloon car which can go everywhere, very fast without skidding around and with a boot full or useful stuff, so despite showing off, it’s usable in everyday life.
- Why do people say our brain is not meant to multi-task? And why they claim, because of that very reason we should ignore and reject the multitasking totally?
As you might imagine our brain is able to multi-task and if you think of it, you are multitasking at this very moment. You are reading this post, which means using your eyes to see, your hand to scroll, your brain to process the words (For some of us, translate the words as our brain normally does when English isn’t our mother tongue. Or some might be listening to some music at the same time (Which I’m doing the same while writing this post).To be frank, people who actually said such a thing, might be “single-taskers” whom are very odd indeed! So a phone with low multitasking features might fulfill their idea of a perfect phone (Or OS). For me? No thanks. I have been using N900 and N9 for a long time and I’m addicted to multitasking and anytime my Android device plays around with me and filling it’s RAM with garbage I get extremely mad because I have to reboot the phone and guess what? in less than an hour, I have the same problem!
To sum up:
Well, honestly speaking and in my personal opinion; I’m not the type of guy who can manage to live with a device that supports low bit of multitasking. I have had an iPod Touch, I have lived one week with a WP phone, I own an Android phone with a reasonably good hardware, but non of them could be as practical and fulfilling as my N9 or even N900.
Let me know about your opinions about multitasking in the comment section. It’ll be a good discussion.
Also, today it’s Marc Dillon‘s birthday, let’s wish him the best year ahead with millions of successes in his life and carrier. He is truly a talented and intelligent guy. Happy birthday Marc.
Sepehr Noori (James)