Mobile Multitasking

I know this is not the mainstream pattern by any stretch but just a sample of how I tend to use mobile technology.

On my walk to the train tonight I fired up Sportstracker and captured my speed and distance, while listening to some tunes over A2DP which logged up to Last.fm via Mobbler. I maintained an active chat with my friend Serko via Nokia Chat and also cleared a few emails. I even stopped into Jaiku to reply to a thread. Serko was able to see my status live update as I passed through Bryant Park (love the Location broadcasting) in Nokia Chat.

This morning I had a pretty similar walk to the office though instead of chat, I snapped a few pics which synced to my walking map in Sportstracker.

Now on the Train home, I’ve added the Nokia N810 on which I am typing this post … Music, chat and email all rocking.

The E71 is my current workhorse of a mobile and it easily handles the multitude of simultaneous requests I make. Devices like the iPhone restrict multitasking because only email and music work when not serving as the active applications. I realize my uses are not the usual case but how long with the growing base of power iPhone users stand to be limited. Background notices are not solving the challenges the power user will need to have resolved. The mobile experience has evolved into far more than a simple communications platform. We are computing, creating, collaborating as well.

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6 comments for “Mobile Multitasking

  1. 8/14/2008 at 5:45 am

    Reminds me of that post I wrote for (the then) SMS Text News way back when.

    Great stuff dude: This is how we will all use our handsets in the future, passively or otherwise.

  2. antoniocheca
    8/17/2008 at 1:49 pm

    Loved this post, it exactly reflects how I use my symbian phone, I’ve owned the E61, E61i and now the E71 and like you I’m pretty much in love with it, the processor speed bump indeed helps and I can get more done really fast. Now I just got to way for 3G coverage where I live for now is just EDGE but I guess it’s ok for most uses.

  3. 8/17/2008 at 3:18 pm

    3G just activated here recently which has only enhanced things for me … hopefully you’ll see the rollout in your area as well!

  4. antoniocheca
    8/17/2008 at 5:49 pm

    Loved this post, it exactly reflects how I use my symbian phone, I've owned the E61, E61i and now the E71 and like you I'm pretty much in love with it, the processor speed bump indeed helps and I can get more done really fast. Now I just got to way for 3G coverage where I live for now is just EDGE but I guess it's ok for most uses.

  5. 8/17/2008 at 7:18 pm

    3G just activated here recently which has only enhanced things for me … hopefully you'll see the rollout in your area as well!

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