Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:12 AM
I beg to slightly differ ... I also thought that task killers are pointless in Android environment exactly due to the reasons described in the how-to-geek article linked in this thread. Moreover I had assured myself about this fact because I have used a few task killers in the past and honestly all were causing me troubles until I installed a one cleaner recently (I don't state its name purposely because I don't want to breach forum rules). This cleaner is a very smart as far as task killer is concerned because it has included a whitelist where all the tasks/services important for the smooth and uninterrupted run of Android are excluded. The whitelist, though, is compiled by developers and you cannot add or remove an item. However to their credit, the task killer indeed doesn't cause any problems like crashes, mysterious reboots etc. You can set the auto kill function when screen goes off what I did and to my big surprise it greatly extended battery life, almost doubled time. I don't want to pay a tribute to this cleaner because I love CCleaner and believe that its Android version will be superior. I just wanted to say that now I am not completely rejecting opinion that task killers are nonsense. It seems that if task killers are gentle/smart and correctly built they can have in certain degree some pros.
Sony VAIO SR19VN, Windows Vista Business 32 SP2 fully patched, Intel Core DUO P8400 2,26 GHz, 4GB RAM, ATI Radeon
with always latest stable release of Opera, Ad Muncher, CCleaner and Norton Internet Security.