On ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes writes an article summing up many of the frustrations I’ve had when trying to blog for TeleRead from Android devices. For productivity-related tasks, Windows is simply better at multi-tasking. Android and iOS were built for primarily mobile uses, where you only need to use one app at a time, and any multitasking that’s come about has been kludged retrofitting.
The problems start when I want to do research, or fact-check something, or pull a link or a quote from somewhere, such as this link to data showing how iPad sales have declined. That’s when things start getting messy on an iPad or some Android-powered beast. Switching apps is a pain. Switching tabs in a browser is a pain. Entering data into a spreadsheet requires painstaking concentration, and the scope for messing things up is high. And if I have to access information from a video or audio clip, then the whole thing falls apart rapidly because some apps — YouTube, I’m looking at you — are rubbish at keeping their place in media files.
This is just the sort of thing I pointed out when reviewing the Teclast Kindow tablet the other day. Even if its hard drive footprint is teensy, it nonetheless runs the exact same flavor of Windows that my full-sized desktop does—64-bit Windows 10—and can do any of the productivity-related tasks my desktop can. (Just with, y’know, considerably less screen real-estate to do it in.)
But what Kingsley-Hughes doesn’t touch on is that Windows simply isn’t as good for doing mobile things as Android and iOS. Too many of the functions available in iOS and Android mobile apps can only be done via a browser or desktop apps in Windows—which means teensy interface elements you have to fat-finger on a tablet or phone screen.
That’s one of the reasons I’m happy with the Kindow for its dual-boot nature. It can be a Windows device when I need it to be, or an Android device when I need it to be: the best of both worlds. It’s only too bad Microsoft and Google don’t want to let major brands get away with doing that.