Quick iOS vs. Android Question

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by tofasttafuri, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. tofasttafuri

    tofasttafuri Member

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    Here's the question: Why do people believe Android's multitasking is superior to iOS's?

    I have a D1 and an iPod Touch and I feel that the ability to close running apps on iOS is better than Android just showing the list of recent apps. I am in no way a fan boy for either OS, I am just wondering what the justifications are for the judgment that Android has better multitasking.
     
  2. cpjr

    cpjr Senior Member

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    Its an opinion. And of course on here some will be swayed.

    I also believe that IOS multitasking is superior.
     
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    Android multitasking is what some would call 'real' multitasking. For Android, it actually acts like a desktop computer where, if there is enough RAM, it will keep open apps running even after you've left the app. Where as in iOS, all apps but the phone and music player, are not left running but 'frozen' until you return to them.
     
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    Yeah, but there is no reason for them to be running, so they are just using resources. Unless an app is finishing a task, which also in IOS it will still do. So freezing the operation is more ideal. And IMO on IOS the UI makes for quicker/ more efficient switching.
     
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    How is it more like a desktop computer? My computer doesn't automatically kill apps but on a computer I have the choice to kill apps that take are hogging resources.
     
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    From what I understand the IOS isn't really multitasking. Like said above, it's just a way to switch between programs.

    Android OS actually RUNS the other program in the background while you're doing other things.

    In the end I don't think it really matters all that much unless something like the music player stops when you switch to maps, which would annoy me.
     
  7. takeshi

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    Android doesn't restrict what can and what cannot multitask as iOS does.

    Common misunderstanding. Not all background apps use resources as newbies tend to assume. And you're blindly assuming that there would never be any reason for apps to run in the background which is flawed. Depends on the specific situation.
     
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    No junior, thats not what I meant. I know how it works. And I never said anything about the "need" for apps to run in the background. Actually, I DID say IOS will continue to run apps in the background when necessary. And for some apps, if coded improperly, android WILL run in the background when not necessary, and yes they will just use resources.

    The fact is, and all ya'll android lovers will have to get over it, IOS handles it better.

    PS- IOS doesnt restrict what runs in the background anymore...so thats off the table.
     
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    I gotta agree with you on this. android does a great job of managing resources, but a rogue app can easily bring your system to a halt if coded improperly. if the app is not doing anything there is no reason for it to be running, even if its not using resources. The con side of that is memory leaks of poorly coded apps. freezing the app in memory is definitely more ideal.

    now was far as "true" multitasking yes android gets the nod, but only because it does not restrict what can run (of course that opens up memory leak possibilities so it's not some groundbreaking amazing thing).

    edit: didn't know that ios doesn't restrict anymore...so yeah...that's off the table lol
     
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    I guess (for me) I could care less if you can consider it "real or true" multitasking....for me its all about what "works" better, because in the end thats all that matters ;)
     
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    yeah i edited my reply...i didnt see that you mentioned that ios now doesnt restrict...if that's true, then there's no doubt that ios does it better lol
     
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    I guess it depends on how you look at it....they dont restrict the multi-tasking operation, however Apple obviously restricts the apps themselves...sooooo....yeah