I am planning to soon buy an Android phone, but don't know which to get. I really like the HTC Thunderbolt and the Droid Bionic (Yes, I realize these phones aren't released yet), but I think I would rather the Thunderbolt (IF it even comes to Canada), because I really like the look of the Thunderbolt, and HTC Sense is my favourite UI skin, and I hate Motorola's.
So really, my question is, what would the benifits be of a dual-core phone? Other than being more "future proof."
Answer by trueb · Jan 27, 2011 at 01:39 AM
ok here is the deal, no it is not needed for processing power, it may be nice but it is not needed....
However, we that is the problem, we think of dual core as giving you more processing power but lets back up a bit... how often are u actually using your phone, calling, texting, email, ext... not very much it mainly sits in your pocket just waiting for a call or you to do something... well with a single core processor you need to have the whole processor turned on all the time, that single core processor probably has more then enough power to sit idle, so your throwing away your battery... but with a dual core, you can turn off one of the cores and only use half your power you would other wise, thus giving you more then a day on your smart phone...
also, dual core means you can handle two machine instructions at once. this means your cell phone can get done with the tasks in your task list sooner so it can get into idle.
so at least one reason is for battery life being extended. also lets face it, phone are not just phones anymore...
Answer by zman · Jan 26, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Not only is it not necessary, it's bad for the phone. The whole point of a smartphone is to let people do extra things on their cell phones not to sometimes be able to make calls from a mini-tablet. The extra processor will use more electricity and over-complicate every process.
Answer by nitrocrime · Jan 26, 2011 at 03:58 PM
It depends on the phone it self.
Take the IPhone for instance. A highly powerful phone which feels responsive all the time. This phone doesn't need a dual core processor.
But my dad's HTC (unknown version to me) feel sluggish. Low framerate, slow responses and just not a pleasant experience. This phone might be better off with a dual-core processor.
In the end it's all about how the hardware works with the software and the other way around. With the IPhone both the hardware and software is designed together for each other. With the HTC it's not like this. Android is a OS that is made to support A LOT of hardware. Therefore there is little change that it is optimized for your specs. This takes down the capabilities significantly!
Answer by HacksLabs · Jan 27, 2011 at 01:03 AM
You might want as much power as you need, if you just check email, see some webpages then multicore processor isn't really for you, but if you like to play games, multitask, use enterprise features then you might need it. Motorola Atrix 4G looks cool, just check it out :).
Answer by FilipinoPower · Jan 27, 2011 at 01:22 AM
With technologies using more and more memory and CPU it becomes more and more necessary to have additional CPU/memory. For example 600 MHz was extremely fast a couple of years ago but now it (for example) it can hardly run Eclair on the Eris. I know someone who has one and he hates it.
Answer by KnightZero · Jan 28, 2011 at 06:01 AM
As smartphone operating systems get more and more sophisticated, the power does become necessary. With the considerably slick looks of the UI built into platforms like WebOS and iOS, phones need more and more power to throw at tasks. We could get away from it if everyone turned down the eye candy, but that's what sells an iPhone these days.
Besides, who cares if they are really necessary. Dual core in my pocket? Yes, Do want! I don't care if it gets an hour or two of useful battery life on a good day. I love seeing the forward march of the technology itself! Batteries will eventually catch up.
Answer by _atlien_ · Jan 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Phones are too little to type for long periods and too small to do precise graphical editing work and encoding video? Who is actually doing this on a phone? Activities that actually require two or more cores, aren't happening on smartphones. So no, it's not necessary.
As previously mentioned, things like transitions, 3d and other visual effects are what the extra memory and cores are being used for. All of this is fun (if you're into it) but ultimately unnecessary.
And when you consider we are going backwards, not forwards, with battery times you really have to question the market logic to this entire multi-core trend. Initially, smartphones were getting a little over a day. Now the Galaxy S3 is predicted to offer 8 hours of battery life. A phone loses it's purpose if you are tied down due to the need to charge. And most users don't want to carry around 3 spare batteries like us techies. So, yeah, the original poster is correct. This is all really unnecessary and ultimately not useful for the user.
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