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The iPhone vs. Windows Mobile: Multitasking stays with the professionals

And now, the WMExperts players present "Juiced: Powering the iPhone in a 3.0 World."

Join us after the break for a very special WMExperts post as our little iPhone cousin dives into the deep, dark world of multitasking and background notifications. Will he thrive alongside his Windows Mobile brethren? Will he survive? In the end, there can only be one.

WinMo
Hey, iPhone. How's it goin'?

iPhone
Hey, WinMo. Be right with you. Have to finish with this iFart app.

... ...

Sorry 'bout that. I'm a one-track phone, ya know.

WinMo
So I hear. Isn't that going to change when you get your 3.0 upgrade?

iPhone
I was afraid you'd bring that - oops. Hang on. Got a text message. Hit my home button, will ya?

... ...

Sorry 'bout that. What were you saying? Oh, yeah. What's that called, what you were talking about? Multifrisking?

WinMo
Multitasking.

iPhone
Never heard of it. I'm getting background notifications. Is that the same thing?

WinMo
Not hardly. Oh, well. Never mind.

iPhone
Oh, c'mon, WinMo. Can I give it a shot? Huh? Can I? Can I?

WinMo
I dunno. It's pretty tough stuff. Not sure that you're up to it. Never mind that those Apple people say it robs me of my power 80 percent faster. I can handle it. You, on the other hand ...

iPhone
C'mon, WinMo! Puleeeeeeeeeze?

WinMo
Fine. But don't say I didn't warn you. Hope you've been working out.

iPhone
OK, I got special permission from my mommy to try this. Here I go. iFart: Open. Crossword puzzle: Open. E-mail: open. Safari: Open. ...

Wait. I'm starting to feel a little dizzy. Something's not right. Can't ... keep ... screen ... on. Wuzzhappenintome?

WinMo
Oh, no, iPhone! Your battery can't handle the big-boy workload! Quick! Better swap it out!

iPhone
Can't. Still ... Only ... Have ... Baby ... Built-in.

WinMo
Uh oh. Here, use my USB-cable (with its handy micro/mini-USB connector).

iPhone
Can't. Only ... Use ... Proprietary ... 30-pin. Good-bye ... Win ... Mo ...

Scene.

Moral of the story: Some phones are meant for getting things done. Others are meant to be shiny. Maybe next time you'll get your multitasking, little iPhone.

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says:

A little over the top but I did grin at the battery and cable digs :)

says:

LOL. Reminds me of the "Serious Computer" Apple Advertisement.

says:

You forgot:

WinMo: Hey wait a sec while I do this process. Here's a nice spinning wheel to look at while your waiting....

WinMo: Oops, wait memory is low let me kill that app you really needed to multitask.

WinMo: Can you wait about 2 minutes, I need to soft reset...

says:

And another...

iPhone: I am getting an upgrade to 3.0 free for all 3g users. I can update without you having to re-do everything you did before including your apps.

WinMo: Hmmm...some get updates, some don't. Oh well. For those that get updates, they have the pleasure of re-installing all their apps and the several hundred tweaks/hacks etc that they had to install to make me usable.

says:

yeah, this post was pretty dumb...the only funny thing was the multitasking, the battery drain/charging thing. eh. but honestly, its funny that the iphone is FINALLY getting some of the much begged for features that have been on modern phones since 2004 or earlier. like seriously, voice record to notepad (i think this was one), this infamous cut/paste, turn by turn gps, a2dp bluetooth, MMS (seriously..really?)..i think i could go on, but it really seems like apple, at least w/ this 3.0, has lost their "innovation edge". i heard that this would be a preview to future versions of the mobile os...but i really didn't see anything worthwhile in it. it seems more like a catch up release, than a "refresh" which even WM 6.1 and 6.5 have been admittedly called. Then again, i think if a company is every doing a catchup release compared to a refresh, they're probably in trouble anyways.

says:

This post is stupid and bitter. You don't poke fun at. Their flaws if yours are bigger

Bah. Them's jokes, people! (Albeit not necessarily the best.)

Seriously, we're happy Apple finally got around to giving iPhone owners (most of) the same basic features we've enjoyed for a long time now. But we have to have *something* to rib our frenemies about, don't we?

says:

Lulz@phil

Funny. Leslie Nielson would totally kill as the WinPho in that.

You forgot to make fun of the iPhone missing out on feature-matching the hexigrid :)

A ha! +1 for WinPho!

says:

I love how you poke fun but your software stop gap winpho 6.5 requires you to buy a whole new phone. At least in apple land updates for phones are free. Does your moto q have a widows flag?

says:

Have you ever heard of XDA-Developers?

says:

of course i know of xda i have a tilt and 8525 but the average person doesn't know how to hack their os or install unsupported os. On my iphone i plug it in itunes say hey bro we got an update for you, do you want it? 15 minutes later new features more stability, new osx isn't perfect but the htc phones are only nice because of htc microsoft hasn't done a thing to improve in a long time.

says:

Pretty funny, but... if the 3rd gen iPhone continues the current steamroller effect on the mobile industry, the promise of $ is going to hurt our WM industry. More software developers are focusing on the app store everyday.

All the smartphones are now getting "smart". I'm a happy WM6.1 user, but when my contract renews I'm going to the best phone out there - rim, android, windows, symbian, palm or apple. To me, if Skyfire was not around, my windows phone would be getting too long-in-the-tooth.

says:

If you have a good WM device you have plenty of memory and it runs very well with 10+ apps multitasking. iphone has a nice GUI but thats all - HTC's Touch Pro 2 coming around July will be plenty for me - WITH a REAL keyboard (I will out type ANY iphone user on a real keyboard. The HTC Touch pro 1 is nice as well. My windows mobile device can simply do many things that an iPhone will never be able to do... For example, visit http://wmwifirouter.com/ (creates a wifi network with a 3g windows mobile phone for laptops and other devices to connect to. Very good for my job.). This is one of many applications that take advantage of how great windows mobile is.

The iphone had there best chance to dominate the market and it did a good job, but at the end of this year there will be plenty of competition. WM, Andriod, Web OS, Blackberry... The competition is thick this time around and they all know what people like now.

says:

Iphone can do tethering now, only a matter of time before a router program is out.

MMS solved, copy/paste solved, notifications solved, etc etc. Its catching up to current platforms and filling in the gaps people ripped it on

Everyone said the same thing about Android, watch out iphone. And it really didnt even make a dent yet. same with Web OS, pull a few hundred thousand users, but Apple will continue to grow its customer base too.

I dont see anyone putting a dent in Apple's party anytime soon, the iphone is good at what it does for the average consumer, and has a good model set up with the app store and getting developers involved hugely in only under a year vs WM which developers are all over the place.

Its time to give Apple credit where its due, even for WM users. MS has been nearly 100% stagnant for years now, and anything new still over a year out. 6.5 is nothing new other than a few tweaks and some "prettification" and the same thing can be said about WM as Apple, theyre finally adding some needed features like larger menus

says:

and PS this is from a 5 year WM user whos only seen an iphone in person, never even used one. Just sick of WM people's insecurities against the iphone, when our platform is pretty crappy in certain parts equally. No OS is perfect and Apple is at least quickly developing for its customers, more than anyone can say about MS who left us in the dust with little new since WM2003. Why the loyalty, theyre doing little for us as the end customer and instead has to be hacked together.

says:

Damn, i really can't believe people are arguing over a joke. No needed to get offended people. Each platform has its ups and downs. It all comes down to what you want and like. Though I am a hardcore WinMo user, I still think the I-Phone is pretty cool and it really changed how we look at phones and made companies make better phones over all. So give both of them credit and again its just a joke, I am sure Apple users have plenty for WinMo, you don't see us b!*(%!&* do you? lol

says:

Hilarious!

lighten up! These are just phones people, not a religion (and even then...)

Nothing like a bit of flamebait to get the commenters out - me included.

says:

Why isn't this a YouTube video? Greatness!!!

says:

hmmm.. standard USB connectors like the Samsung Windows Mobile phones. And the Palm Treo Pro with the micro-USB rather than mini-USB

let's not throw too many stones when we live in glass houses

says:

Brilliant Phil. Dugg.

says:

This was clearly a jab at the iPhone. And it wasn't even funny or well-written. Still, I can guarantee that this site will be viewed on more iPhones than Windows Mobile devices.

Now. Click the Start menu, go down a few levels, launch the Task Manager and quit Internet Explorer Mobile before you get into an ugly flame war.

CeluGeek says:

iPhone OS 3.0 is a nice try, but call me when Apple's catch-up play results in a phone with a REAL keyboard. A keyboard where I can dial phone numbers and make a basic phone call without having to look at the screen. A keyboard where I can type SMS and emails, and take notes just by touching... as in feeling where a key ends and the next one begins so I don't have to look at the keyboard while I'm typing. When Apple finally catches up there, then call me.

Oh, and it still seems like no voice dialing and/or voice commands on iPhone 3.0. Good luck making a phone call while driving.

CeluGeek says:

"Multitasking stays with the Professionals", yet even Windows Mobile Standard can multitask.

BTW: The iPhone 3.0 upgrade seems to be only for iPhone 3G owners. If you paid an arm and a leg so you could be the among the first to have Apple's original phone toy, you are out of luck.

says:

Actually, it's for every version of the iphone and ipod touch. It's just that some of the feature in the new OS 3.0 can only be used in iphone 3g.

says:

This is a stupid post, reads like an inferiority complex.

I use a Touch Diamond and I like it. It is not locked-up tight like the iphone in that I can install programs and access the file system every way I like. The Outlook sync works very nicely (as well it should).

But if/when I want to upgrade the ROM I'll have to re-install, re-configure and re-tweak all my software. I'll lose all names from my call-log (the list of numbers can be restored, but their relationship with the contacts database is severed).

Oh and I'll have to go through all the HARD-SPL/IPL/CID-unlock whatnot hoops first before a ROM upgrade - because HTC does not have a ROM for my version of Diamond, and I'll have to go through the hundred? different versions of cooked ROMs over at XDA-Dev.

Yeah sure. Very user friendly and efficient.

says:

I guess when iPhone takes a big bite of WinMo market share, winmo experts have to cry around like this. Sorry WinMo, you are going down.
http://venturebeat.com/2009/03/24/report-android-iphone-taking-everyone-...

says:

Windows Mobile sucks and no one can deny it. 90% of mobile phone users want an elegant and easy to use device rather than the multi tasking capability. That's why iPhone is selling much more than all mobiles equipped with your professional(!!!) Windows Mobile software. Microsoft is once again a total loser!

says:

windows mobile is pathetic..
I'll say it wins 2 points but lost 10 points from iphone..

says:

Moral of the story is that the OP obviously did not use an Iphone. Many WinMo people do not understand the principle of multitasking in a smartphone.

says:

yeah, this post was pretty dumb...the only funny thing was the multitasking, the battery drain/charging thing. eh. but honestly, its funny that the iphone is FINALLY getting some of the much begged for features that have been on modern phones since 2004 or earlier. like seriously, voice record to notepad (i think this was one), this infamous cut/paste, turn by turn gps, a2dp bluetooth, MMS (seriously..really?)..i think i could go on, but it really seems like apple, at least w/ this 3.0, has lost their "innovation edge". i heard that this would be a preview to future versions of the mobile os...but i really didn't see anything worthwhile in it. it seems more like a catch up release, than a "refresh" which even WM 6.1 and 6.5 have been admittedly called. Then again, i think if a company is every doing a catchup release compared to a refresh, they're probably in trouble anyways.

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