“Intuitive” multitasking: a tale of two tablets

Today’s post is on my thoughts about the WebOS’ “intuitive” multi-tasking. Yes, I’ve been abusing myself by watching those videos I find linked in tweets from HP.

Here is how I use the native WordPress app on my iPad 2 to copy a snippet out of an email into a WordPress posting I’m putting together.

Careful now, don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

Take four fingers, drag the screen sideways.

In the email app that was right next to the WordPress app because it was the last app I used I select and copy the snippet of text.

Take four fingers, drag the screen sideways the other way.

In the WordPress app that was right next to the email app because it was the last app I used I past the snippet of text.

Takes longer to read it than do it.

Now, on the most powerful Tablet in existence…

You are in the WordPress app. First you save your work because sometimes going over to the email app can cause your HP TouchPad to reboot.

Now you drag upwards from off the side of the screen being careful not to stop dragging your finger upwards on top of a control in the WordPress app because that control will activate.

Wait for the WebOS animation of the full screen app collapsing downwards into a card and sliding up into the middle of the screen as the other two cards on either side get drawn. Cool the first five times you watch it for fun, total time wasting buzz kill when you need to flip back and forth between apps for real.

Now, using one finger drag the screen sideways until you reach your email card. Now keep in mind your cards never get re-organized to keep the most recently used cards next to each other. Of course you can expend brain power to group cards and stuff but the HP TouchPad doesn’t save these groupings across reboots so if you get into grouping you really get lots of practice doing it.

On the upside all those spontaneous reboots help keep you from developing too many cards so you generally only need to flip 2 or 3 cards sideways to get to the email app. Waiting patiently for each card to flip by for each flip of the finger. Move 3 cards? Swipe three times, wait three times.

Are we there yet?

Once you have the email card front and center you then use one finger to tap the card to make it come forward. You then wait for it to animate its way to full screen domination.

Select text, copy text.

Now you drag upwards from off the side of the screen being careful not to stop dragging your finger upwards on top of a control in the email app because that control will activate.

Wait for the WebOS animation of the full screen app collapsing downwards into a card and sliding up into the middle of the screen as the other two cards on either side get drawn. Getting tired of that animation yet?

Yeah thought so and all you’re doing is reading about it! 🙂

Now, using one finger start swiping the screen sideways until you reach your WordPress card. And again, keep in mind your cards never get re-organized to keep the most recently used cards next to each other.

At this point you may or may not get a spontaneous reboot. Something about flipping cards with some text in the clipboard seems to bring out the evil spirits as if someone had been drawing pictures of dragons on the screen complete with the caption “Here be dragons!”

Once you have the WordPress card front and center you then use one finger to tap the card to make it come forward. You then wait for it to animate its way back to full screen domination.

You then paste the text into the WordPress article.

I figure that’s the secret to being the most powerful Tablet in existence: you have to show it off by making users engage in lots of activities where you demonstrate the horsepower under the hood their hard earned dollars went into purchasing. Or as the drug dealer in _Pulp Fiction_ said “At the end of the day you’ll know where those dollars went!”

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