This is, again, the case of "you don't exist"...
Posted Dec 18, 2011 8:48 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: PCs and phones are fundamentally different...
Parent article: 2011: The Year of Linux Disappointments (Datamation)
If you've filled up your memory with what are effectively screenshots because you've "started" 100 applications, you should expect some of them not to reappear instantly at 50 frames per second in some tiresome animation.
Nope. People don't understand this. Any OS which works like that will fail.
Having them show up eventually is a lot better than having them show up immediately and then forgetting all their state.
Well, it may be better for geeks like your and me, but it's much, much worse for Joe Average! People don't understand that application fill up the memory (heck, most need an explanation for what memory actually is first), if they understand then they forget all about it, etc. That's why set-top boxes with HDD remove (permanently remove at that!) old records, for example.
People perceive smartphones not as electronic device, but as some kind of "magic tablet". They don't know and don't want to know how the whole thing works. That's why first iPhone was such a bomb: it was worse then most smartphones of the time (initially it had no support for apps!), but it was finally "magic tablet" which can be used without thinking about memory, tasks, etc. Sure, it had a lot of limitations (when you switched from one activity to another context was often lost, it had no copy-paste, etc), but it was finally usable by Joe Average, not just by eggheads!
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