What good is more RAM and a faster processor?

On a smartphone, what good is more RAM and a faster processor? I mean do they help with day-to-day things, like browsing, or are they really for gamers?

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mitchelldrush  Nov. 23, 2014 at 20:32

More RAM helps with the speed and loading of different tasks. When you have 1 GB of RAM and you play a game, exit the game, go into another app then go back to the game, you will see that the game reset itself and is now in the home screen of the game. A faster processor can help with speed as well. The moto G has a quad core 1.2 GHz CPU and it's bigger brother, the moto X has a dual core 1.7 GHz CPU.Well, with 4 cores on the moto G, you would think it would be 1.2 GHz times 2, which would be 4.8 GHz, and the moto X would have 1.7 GHz times 2, which would be 3.4 GHz. That;'s not the case. Imagine you have a Ferari and a bus and you needed to transport 30 people. The Ferari can only hold one passenger and one driver. So the Ferari takes one passenger at a time, whereas the bus can take 30 people. Who would transport the most people in the least amount of time? The bus would of course. Therefore a higher CPU, whether single core or not, is always faster. When you have a dual core device, usually only one core is ever running until it is absolutely necessary. With a quad core device, usually only 2 maybe 3 cores are ever running.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 23, 2014 at 20:42

thanks :)

mrew42  Nov. 25, 2014 at 16:08

All good except for the bit about how the cores are used.
If your phone is running an app that is well written and can take advantage of multi-core devices, it will do so. More and more such apps exists as there are more and more multi-core handsets out there.
Just sayin

fantomv50  Nov. 29, 2014 at 20:17

I have note 4 and its rare it see 2.7ghz, most phones that can run around 1.2ghz due to heat and battery usage at full tilt, my nexus 5 kept throttling the displays brightness due to thermal events. So got rid of it. And I think its why apples don't run higher than 1.4ghz cause its a waste. But oddly my new lg g2 runs at full tilt and does not throttle much, unlike the nexus 5 did, very strange

fantomv50  Nov. 29, 2014 at 20:19

And don't do more than full HD as lots of apps don't work right, I found that out to late :-(


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