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    Default 2GB or 3GB? Does it even matter?

    Is 2GB of ram enough for the phone to run well or do you think I need 3 since it has such a high resolution screen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by typicalgamer2 View Post
    Is 2GB of ram enough for the phone to run well or do you think I need 3 since it has such a high resolution screen?
    LG says that the phone has been optimized to run on 2GB, anymore is just gravy.

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    Not for me it doesn't. Bring on whatever they want to sell me!!!!!!!!!

    If given the option, I'll spend the extra dough and pick up the 3/32, but if they don't offer it or I have to wait, I'll go with the 2/16.
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    3GB, probably not. 32GB Yes. 16GB is so pre Kitkat and 2011 for that matter.
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    When I had the Sony XPERIA Z2 I didn't noticed any difference compared my S5.

    Then again I've never seen carriers up here release a 32GB version or even last year when hTc One came out, no 64GB version.

    I still have the 64GB microSD from the Z2 I'm okay buying the 2GB edition.



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    Not so sure...........

    If 3gb vs 2gb works in a phone the same way additional RAM works on a PC, for everyday, "normal work" types of activities I suspect you will not see much, if any difference. Start playing games with HD graphics and I suspect you will see a difference. I would suspect that the 3gb version will run games with HD graphics much smoother with better control responsiveness. But, since I don't have a 3gb phone, this is a guess.
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    Default Re: 2GB or 3GB? Does it even matter?

    Android OS works with 1-2gb just fine. The only thing I'm interested in is availability of the 32gb model as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by LuvMusic View Post
    Not so sure...........

    If 3gb vs 2gb works in a phone the same way additional RAM works on a PC, for everyday, "normal work" types of activities I suspect you will not see much, if any difference. Start playing games with HD graphics and I suspect you will see a difference. I would suspect that the 3gb version will run games with HD graphics much smoother with better control responsiveness. But, since I don't have a 3gb phone, this is a guess.
    I always thought RAM only really helped with multitasking or having a lot of apps open at once. I don't think it would make a difference in gaming unless a game needed more than 2GB of ram to run. I don't think any current games have that requirement because most phones that people own have only 1GB RAM.
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    The main reason to want 3GB ram over 2 is so you can tell everyone how superior your phone is!

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    I have both a Sony Z2 and an LG G2. Can't say I see any difference in performance at all. Even with Micro SD support in the G3, 16 mb internal storage isn't enough.
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    More RAM means more programs can be re rentered faster when leaving another program. It may slightly improve certain stats in games but is not strictly needed.

    The storage is the bigger component. There is a vast gap in usable internal space between the two, and it matters a lot with the renewed SD card access issues and the need for open fast-access space during 4K clip recording.
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    Having extra RAM will help to "future proof" your phone for advanced features of future versions of the OS - Android 5.0 (L) or Android 6(M). You never know what might need extra horsepower to work so as long as the upgrade in not ridiculous then if you can afford it get the extra RAM and Storage - especially under Kit Kat (and later) you are somewhat limited in what you can put on the internal memory versus the SD card. My SD card in my LG GPad 8.3 has been very squirrely and works fine for a while (I only put music on it) and then corrupts the SD card (even though I never do anything except leave it in). Also, when I paid the extra $50 for the 32 GB version of GS3 (Verizon) I have never regretted not needing to add a micro SD card since all my stuff fits in the 32 GB included storage. BTW, the GS3 is still a nice phone with 32 GB and 2 GB RAM and Apex Launcher (except for some known issues with Samsung's cell and data radios - they are weaker than their competitors).
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    Again, I would be surprised if any major US carrier will offer the 2/16 version without also having the 3/32.
    Just my $.02

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    http://www.stuff.tv/g3/lg-g3-benchma...-editions/news

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    Quote Originally Posted by trivor View Post
    Having extra RAM will help to "future proof" your phone for advanced features of future versions of the OS - Android 5.0 (L) or Android 6(M). You never know what might need extra horsepower to work so as long as the upgrade in not ridiculous then if you can afford it get the extra RAM and Storage - especially under Kit Kat (and later) you are somewhat limited in what you can put on the internal memory versus the SD card. My SD card in my LG GPad 8.3 has been very squirrely and works fine for a while (I only put music on it) and then corrupts the SD card (even though I never do anything except leave it in). Also, when I paid the extra $50 for the 32 GB version of GS3 (Verizon) I have never regretted not needing to add a micro SD card since all my stuff fits in the 32 GB included storage. BTW, the GS3 is still a nice phone with 32 GB and 2 GB RAM and Apex Launcher (except for some known issues with Samsung's cell and data radios - they are weaker than their competitors).
    Honestly I doubt Google is going to allow Android to bloat again to a degree where phones need more memory to run the OS. They learned their lesson with ICS and JB, and tuned KitKat to run well on low-end hardware. The only place I can see 3GB being an advantage over 2GB will be in third party apps, namely games, and then only if optimized for it. The great majority of developers are going to optimize for 1GB though, as that will satisfy the largest cross section of devices. By the time 3GB makes a big enough difference to be desirable, you'll want a new phone for other specs (like the graphics processor).

    TL;DR, 3GB is a harmless marketing ploy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote View Post
    Honestly I doubt Google is going to allow Android to bloat again to a degree where phones need more memory to run the OS. They learned their lesson with ICS and JB, and tuned KitKat to run well on low-end hardware. The only place I can see 3GB being an advantage over 2GB will be in third party apps, namely games, and then only if optimized for it. The great majority of developers are going to optimize for 1GB though, as that will satisfy the largest cross section of devices. By the time 3GB makes a big enough difference to be desirable, you'll want a new phone for other specs (like the graphics processor).

    TL;DR, 3GB is a harmless marketing ploy.
    Maybe Google won't make 3GB RAM mandatory in the next two years, but developers are going to relish in 3GB capabilities. We're stuck with this phone on contract for two years. Why not buy the best of the best? It'll probably be obsolete in 6-8 months anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murph5150 View Post
    Maybe Google won't make 3GB RAM mandatory in the next two years, but developers are going to relish in 3GB capabilities. We're stuck with this phone on contract for two years. Why not buy the best of the best? It'll probably be obsolete in 6-8 months anyway.

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    Some will, no doubt, but the majority will want to reach as many potential users as possible unless they like floods of one star reviews. That means aiming for mid-range specs.

    Also... you might be stuck with a two-year contract, but ever since picking up a Nexus 4 I've vowed to never buy a phone on contract again.
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    The more ram the better, when you consider that a chunk of it will be eaten by system software. And if you're a big multitasker, having less ram will allow you to have a worse experience in that department
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtrack to Chaos View Post
    The more ram the better, when you consider that a chunk of it will be eaten by system software. And if you're a big multitasker, having less ram will allow you to have a worse experience in that department
    I hadn't thought about the split screen capabilities of the phone and how that might be helped with the additional RAM, good point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtrack to Chaos View Post
    The more ram the better, when you consider that a chunk of it will be eaten by system software. And if you're a big multitasker, having less ram will allow you to have a worse experience in that department
    The system software comes off the GB, not the RAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote View Post
    Some will, no doubt, but the majority will want to reach as many potential users as possible unless they like floods of one star reviews. That means aiming for mid-range specs.

    Also... you might be stuck with a two-year contract, but ever since picking up a Nexus 4 I've vowed to never buy a phone on contract again.
    Jumping carriers to escape a Nexus 4, really a great plan. Several of my customers did that. Thank goodness for contract buyouts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Soundtrack to Chaos View Post
    The more ram the better, when you consider that a chunk of it will be eaten by system software. And if you're a big multitasker, having less ram will allow you to have a worse experience in that department
    Up to four apps on screen with Dual App and QSlide apps, plus SlideAside if thats still in there. More RAM is best RAM on a phone like that. Plus the ability to use better textures if there is in fact an 805/420 model....good textures can make up for a lot of things in gaming.

    Quote Originally Posted by VW Maverick View Post
    The system software comes off the GB, not the RAM.

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    Open your RAM status. Tell me how much is currently reserved by the system. Note also that part of the memory is not visible because it is reserved by the graphics. This is why 1GB phones started failing so hard, with a few exceptions like the Moto X which was customised. Even the Tab 3 7.0 LTE with 1.5 GB does much better than the 7.0 wifi with 1GB in simple things like reopening an app or switching between two apps, and only the LTE has enough RAM to support Dual Window. Same as the 8.0 with the extra mem does DW but the 10.1 with (inexplicably) 1GB again does not....

    Soundtrack to Chaos has the right of this. Same as anything less than 16GB storage is a raw deal, anything less than 2GB RAM is soon going to be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relgoshan View Post
    Jumping carriers to escape a Nexus 4, really a great plan. Several of my customers did that. Thank goodness for contract buyouts.
    Escaped *to* a Nexus 4. I ditched contracts (even paid an ETF) just so I could buy a Nexus 4 outright and switch carriers. Best phone decision I've ever made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Citizen Coyote View Post
    Escaped *to* a Nexus 4. I ditched contracts (even paid an ETF) just so I could buy a Nexus 4 outright and switch carriers. Best phone decision I've ever made.
    Wow! Way to buck the current! Man, what were you running away from at the time? I really want to know....
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    Quote Originally Posted by typicalgamer2 View Post
    Is 2GB of ram enough for the phone to run well or do you think I need 3 since it has such a high resolution screen?
    I think down the road 3gb will help keep it more future proof and eliminate that dreaded "not enough ram so won't be getting the latest update" then again with google moving to make android work better on lower end devices, i could see 2gb being plenty for awhile to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relgoshan View Post
    Jumping carriers to escape a Nexus 4, really a great plan. Several of my customers did that. Thank goodness for contract buyouts.



    Up to four apps on screen with Dual App and QSlide apps, plus SlideAside if thats still in there. More RAM is best RAM on a phone like that. Plus the ability to use better textures if there is in fact an 805/420 model....good textures can make up for a lot of things in gaming.



    Open your RAM status. Tell me how much is currently reserved by the system. Note also that part of the memory is not visible because it is reserved by the graphics. This is why 1GB phones started failing so hard, with a few exceptions like the Moto X which was customised. Even the Tab 3 7.0 LTE with 1.5 GB does much better than the 7.0 wifi with 1GB in simple things like reopening an app or switching between two apps, and only the LTE has enough RAM to support Dual Window. Same as the 8.0 with the extra mem does DW but the 10.1 with (inexplicably) 1GB again does not....

    Soundtrack to Chaos has the right of this. Same as anything less than 16GB storage is a raw deal, anything less than 2GB RAM is soon going to be a problem.
    Moto x has 2 gb ram. Think you mean the moto g
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