Why the iPad Will Fail

February 1, 2010

On the way to work today I had my Nexus One hooked up to the car stereo, streaming Pandora Radio. I had Google Maps’ free turn-by-turn navigation feature enabled, talking to me in case I was distracted and forgot a turn. And I got a notification of a new email, which I responded to at a red light. All at the same time. All without having to stop and restart each application. Pandora was streaming the whole time. My turn-by-turn directions kept talking to me in the background. It was awesome.

I don’t understand how iPhone owners deal with the constant starting and stopping of their applications. And until the iPad OS can multi-task (and it may by the time it goes on sale) I don’t see how the device can succeed.

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