Video: Nokia N900 multitasks all installed apps and still hungry for more!

| November 21, 2009 | Reply

At the onedotzero event, I remember trying to get the N900 to crash with low memory errors or slow down. I couldn’t.

MySymbian proves this in the video below where the N900 is pushed to multitask all available apps. Where most others would have frozen, crashed or killed other applications to open a new one, the N900 juggles one new app after another without breaking into a sweat.


Whilst on the move, being able to handle several tasks simultaneously and quickly switch to the application at hand should be part definition of Smartphone.

Many smartphones can multitask – but they have a limit (and application switcher interface could be improved!*). Though you can be on guard and stick to the limit, sometimes you inadvertendly exceed that which will lead to problems of crashing, apps unintentionally closing and freezing.

The N900 bears this burden.

This would have been reason alone for me to get a N900 were I not trapped in another contract. Le Sigh.

I am however, concerned how much this multitasking will affect battery life (particularly as multitask apps are actively doing something, e.g. pulling data, accessing on board memory which is using power). Nevertheless, for me, battery life concerns are far outweighed by the advantages of multitasking without worrying too much that the phone won’t handle it and crash.

Via mysymbian

*N900 doesn’t just have static thumbnails or a set size window size or worse or just icons – it has dynamic live windows that alter in size the more windows you multitask – max  16 live windows viewable at one time. No guessing what application is which by their icon (especially if you have multiple browser windows open), no flicking through endlessly through big fat window/thumbnail representations alone.


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