Why all the fuss about specs

September 08, 2015

Choosing a device nowadays has become such a nightmare with all the technical specs on smartphones. If I wasn’t such a tech enthusiast, I’d be tempted to walk around the store with a pen and paper just to keep track of it all. Either it’s a Snapdragon 600 or 800 chip, 2GB or 3GB RAM, limitless variations of GPUs (that’s Graphics Processing Unit by the way), anyway, it’s just exhausting.

And yet Apple devices have simpler and far inferior components, it makes you think, does all this matter? The truth is, no, not really. To begin, let’s look at processing speed. High-end devices have at least a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, so there’s actually no difference in the time any device takes to handle the same task. Even in the case where one OEM decides to up their processor to, say, 2.7 GHz, that device may even be slower than the others.

Another fact to consider is the software’s optimization, a well optimized OS with less processing power may perform just as well as one with mega specs if it isn’t optimized properly. This is why iPhones still use dual-core processors and are still arguably faster than Android.

The other misinformation is that more RAM means improved performance, again yes and no. More RAM means you can run multiple apps at the same time, but 2GB of RAM is more than enough, even with intensive use. Some devices have 3GB and even 4GB RAM like the Galaxy Note 5 but the truth is there really isn’t that much of a difference.

Speaking of RAM leads me to another issue, 64-bit and 32-bit processors. Devices have started using 64-bit processors which in theory would take advantage of this increased RAM and allow faster processing of tasks. Again, there isn’t much of a difference to note when you operate devices running either processor type. Apps must be developed to utilize 64-bit processors before you start to see any difference, so this makes huge RAMs and 64-bit processors futuristic but not worth the extra bucks.

Final verdict

I assure you by the time app developers utilize 64-bit processors and 4GB RAMs fully, the Galaxy Note 5 will be a mid-range device at best. My advice is to hold on to your Galaxy S5 or Note 4 and wait. Your device might look like a little puppy but you won’t feel like an idiot when you’re buying something better when it actually matters.


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