Originally Posted by irishjayhawk
Multi-tasking means doing multiple tasks at the same time. If you can listen to Apple's music player while browsing the web or listen to it while tweeting, you're MULTITASKING. It doesn't matter WHAT apps you're using.
The only difference here is what is allowed to multitask. Third party apps aren't. So, please, stop talking out of your ass.
Gaping holes? Like what? Hulu? Please cite these "fails". So far, Farmville and Hulu are the two examples I've seen.
Accelerating no flash on the mobile market? Hell yes they are. Flash doesn't matter whether it's Windows or OSX or linux. Flash is being phased out by the internet. HTML5 is phasing it out. If you don't see this, you aren't paying attention. Granted, it's just beginning.
The ability to multitask less than 1% of the available iPhone apps is really just the same as no multitasking as far as I'm concerned. There are 2 billion third party iPhone apps. Are you really content with running that iPod app in the background when there are 2 billion other apps that you can't? Multitasking third party apps is the whole point. That's what I want to multitask the most. And you can get a jailbreak-only app called Backgrounder
, that will actually let you run any third party app in the background. With that, the battery life really isn't much worse. Which means that the device can handle it, Apple just didn't want to do it.
And you may think Flash is being phased out, but it's still going to be around for a long time. Along with Hulu, you also can't view webpages from ESPN, Disney, Miniclip, JibJab, or Kongregate, just to name a few popular ones. By the time HTML5 actually catches on and is viable for the majority of websites, the iPad will be old news. It's not like any websites are going to make an overnight switch to HTML5.