. @bouncybunny if you don't know what multitasking means for ease of use on your mobile, then you must not be a power user.
Perhaps. Although, I can do most/all of those things at the same time on the iPhone without multitasking. Just flip in and out between apps. Not that I can ever be bothered to. (As I type this, I've got a half finished email ready to complete, iTunes is playing and I can take a call on speakerphone any time I like).
The point, however, is that 99% of users will not even think to do any of those things. The only people screaming out for multi tasking are techie journalists who seem to feel that it simply ought to be there. The same people who won't buy iPods because they won't play some obscure music file format.
All of which is fine. That why Linux driven devices with complex interfaces exist. Fully featured, but horrible to use for most non techies.
I don't think Apple are playing the same game. They target devices at a 'populist' demographic and seem to know what their customers want. Ease of use, good design and style.