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    Default Galaxy S5: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Think about it. I understand, just because the Note 3 has 3GB of RAM doesn't mean the S5 would, but I think that alone is a major disappointment. On top of that, wouldn't the S5, with it's added features be using more of that 2GB, leaving less RAM for the user and downloaded apps than the S4? So, basically a downgrade? 😒

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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Not really if it's based on KitKat. Remember how it was touted as a lighter OS version that could run on low-RAM devices? Well, that could explain why the S5 will stick to 2GB of RAM. What puzzled me, besides the increase in 'body fat' :P is that they chose to NOT release this with an Exynos version. I really expected the S5 to either come with the HexaCore Exynos or a 64bit processor.

    Other than the Fingerprint sensor, I wasn't impressed AT ALL. Even the Heart Rate sensor they tout I was able to do with my old SII with an app; same thing, uses the flash and camera to take your pulse.

    I'm sticking with my Note 3 for now. HTC and Apple, your turn to try to impress me.
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpookDroid View Post
    Not really if it's based on KitKat. Remember how it was touted as a lighter OS version that could run on low-RAM devices? Well, that could explain why the S5 will stick to 2GB of RAM. What puzzled me, besides the increase in 'body fat' :P is that they chose to NOT release this with an Exynos version. I really expected the S5 to either come with the HexaCore Exynos or a 64bit processor.

    Other than the Fingerprint sensor, I wasn't impressed AT ALL. Even the Heart Rate sensor they tout I was able to do with my old SII with an app; same thing, uses the flash and camera to take your pulse.

    I'm sticking with my Note 3 for now. HTC and Apple, your turn to try to impress me.
    I'm thinking of upgrading to a Note 3. Do you like it?

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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Boy, do I ever!!! Yes, it'll take some getting used to the size but it's totally worth it. Now I see 'normal' phones (even the S4, let alone an iPhone) and go "oooow... cutie toy, do you even see clearly on that tiny thing?" haha

    Plus, the thing is blazing fast, S-Pen is cool, and MultiWindow (especially if you root and apply the MultiMultiWindow hack) makes it even more interesting. You won't be disappointed.
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpookDroid View Post
    Boy, do I ever!!! Yes, it'll take some getting used to the size but it's totally worth it. Now I see 'normal' phones (even the S4, let alone an iPhone) and go "oooow... cutie toy, do you even see clearly on that tiny thing?" haha

    Plus, the thing is blazing fast, S-Pen is cool, and MultiWindow (especially if you root and apply the MultiMultiWindow hack) makes it even more interesting. You won't be disappointed.
    Have you seen the Zerolemon extended battery case? It was actually the first thing that got me interested in a Note, consisting it's already a big phone to start with.

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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpookDroid View Post
    Not really if it's based on KitKat. Remember how it was touted as a lighter OS version that could run on low-RAM devices? Well, that could explain why the S5 will stick to 2GB of RAM. What puzzled me, besides the increase in 'body fat' :P is that they chose to NOT release this with an Exynos version. I really expected the S5 to either come with the HexaCore Exynos or a 64bit processor.

    Other than the Fingerprint sensor, I wasn't impressed AT ALL. Even the Heart Rate sensor they tout I was able to do with my old SII with an app; same thing, uses the flash and camera to take your pulse.

    I'm sticking with my Note 3 for now. HTC and Apple, your turn to try to impress me.
    The US version never gets the Exynos processor.
    I'm sure the international version will use their new Exynos processor: http://www.androidcentral.com/samsun...s-5-processors

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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    The US version never gets the Exynos processor.
    I'm sure the international version will use their new Exynos processor: http://www.androidcentral.com/samsun...s-5-processors

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    Why is Exynos such a big deal? The Snapdragon 800 is a very, very capable processor.
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpookDroid View Post
    Not really if it's based on KitKat. Remember how it was touted as a lighter OS version that could run on low-RAM devices? Well, that could explain why the S5 will stick to 2GB of RAM. What puzzled me, besides the increase in 'body fat' :P is that they chose to NOT release this with an Exynos version. I really expected the S5 to either come with the HexaCore Exynos or a 64bit processor.

    Other than the Fingerprint sensor, I wasn't impressed AT ALL. Even the Heart Rate sensor they tout I was able to do with my old SII with an app; same thing, uses the flash and camera to take your pulse.

    I'm sticking with my Note 3 for now. HTC and Apple, your turn to try to impress me.
    Hmm....not sure where your expectations came from. Hope would be a better word I think.

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    Why is Exynos such a big deal? The Snapdragon 800 is a very, very capable processor.

    I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
    A lot of it has to do with the latest Exynos being a much newer design than the S800/801. People are thinking that because it's newer it'll automatically be better and faster and more efficient.
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Holm View Post
    Why is Exynos such a big deal? The Snapdragon 800 is a very, very capable processor.

    I don't use, or acknowledge the word ""troll"".
    I didn't say it was. Just pointing out that the international version will likely get the Exynos processor, while the US version gets the SD801.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureKix View Post
    Have you seen the Zerolemon extended battery case? It was actually the first thing that got me interested in a Note, consisting it's already a big phone to start with.

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    Can't say I have... but really, would you need it? I still manage to unplug at 6AM and still have about 25 or 20 percent left of my battery by midnight, with mid-heavy use, about 4 or 5 hours of Screen-On time. The phone is big enough to barely fit into my pocket. It still fits, but adding the bulk of an extended battery or heck, even a thick case, would really either be uncomfortable or would just rip the pockets when I sit down.
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin O'Quinn View Post
    Hmm....not sure where your expectations came from. Hope would be a better word I think.



    A lot of it has to do with the latest Exynos being a much newer design than the S800/801. People are thinking that because it's newer it'll automatically be better and faster and more efficient.
    The HexaCore had been announced and tested quite a while ago, and since the 64-bit iPhone word that Sammy was also working on that came out and though they denied it would be ready for the S5, I thought 'hey, this is Samsung, they're just saying they won't do something just to end up doing it anyway'. And they did copy the Fingerprint sensor and 'upped' one HeartRate monitor, after all. But at least the HexaCore was a more plausible speculation. I don't know, I just expected, or hoped for, more.
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by FutureKix View Post
    Think about it. I understand, just because the Note 3 has 3GB of RAM doesn't mean the S5 would, but I think that alone is a major disappointment. On top of that, wouldn't the S5, with it's added features be using more of that 2GB, leaving less RAM for the user and downloaded apps than the S4? So, basically a downgrade? 

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    What specifically do you need 3GB of RAM for? My GS4 is buttery smooth with 2GB ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsignori View Post
    What specifically do you need 3GB of RAM for? My GS4 is buttery smooth with 2GB ...
    More RAM means I can go from 651 apps to 1,024 or more.

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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Quote Originally Posted by FutureKix View Post
    More RAM means I can go from 651 apps to 1,024 or more.

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    Not sure if you understand what RAM is. Are you thinking of internal storage?

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    A lot of it has to do with the latest Exynos being a much newer design than the S800/801. People are thinking that because it's newer it'll automatically be better and faster and more efficient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
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    Default Re: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Yes, I understand fully what RAM is. With more RAM I can run more apps smoothly. I wasn't being literal when I said I'd install 1,024 apps...

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Not sure if you understand what RAM is. Are you thinking of internal storage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureKix View Post
    I'm thinking of upgrading to a Note 3. Do you like it?

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    I concur with spookboy the note 3 is fricken amazing. I use it for EVERYTHING! Reading, gaming, and most importantly business stuff. I'm just now starting to tap into the SPen and the rest of the tools and can't imagine business without it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapfrog View Post
    I concur with spookboy the note 3 is fricken amazing. I use it for EVERYTHING! Reading, gaming, and most importantly business stuff. I'm just now starting to tap into the SPen and the rest of the tools and can't imagine business without it.

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    This is where my S3 lacks unfortunately. I get headaches when I try reading some e-books on it. I know getting the Note 4 would alleviate that problem for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite View Post
    This is where my S3 lacks unfortunately. I get headaches when I try reading some e-books on it. I know getting the Note 4 would alleviate that problem for me.
    Had the s3 and liked it but it lacked functionality and the battery if was pathetic.

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    So in this apple to oranges comparison the S5 is making a backward move by moving laterally??
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    Quote Originally Posted by zapfrog View Post
    I concur with spookboy the note 3 is fricken amazing. I use it for EVERYTHING! Reading, gaming, and most importantly business stuff. I'm just now starting to tap into the SPen and the rest of the tools and can't imagine business without it.

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    Preach!!

    I had the original note and loved that. Then my carrier had a good upgrade deal on but you had to upgrade to a 4G capable phone. The note 2 doesn't do 4G, so went for the S4. It's a nice phone but it's not a Note. I even tried the iphone 5S for 28 days but in the end had to get the note 3. It's so perfect for everything and the battery life is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zapfrog View Post
    Had the s3 and liked it but it lacked functionality and the battery if was pathetic.

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    So your saying the Note 4 will be a great update for me then!

    Besides that....the S3 has actually been solid for me for most of my use!
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    Default Re: Galaxy S5: Is the RAM a downgrade from the S4?

    Why do you need hexa core phones some games on the computer still don't use quadcores.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zerkom122 View Post
    Why do you need hexa core phones some games on the computer still don't use quadcores.


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    This is kinda like asking why you need a car that goes 200mph Quite simple really, if you had a car would max out at 70mph and that was the posted speed limit you would have to push you car to the limit every time you went 70mph. Now if that same car could go 200mph you obviously wouldn't go that fast right but there would be a whole lot less stress on its systems when traveling 70mph. Said car would burn less gas and be better equipped to handle things tossed its way

    Having a more capable phone may not be necessary for everyone but I want and will pay for the a phone that can preform beyond the means i place on it.
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