How would the extra 1 gig of Ram effect the S3

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Does anyone know if it will hurt the battery life since more programs would run in the background?

What other effects could the extra Ram cause?
 

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First-more RAM means more programs running in the background only if you choose to run more programs in the background.

What's the effect? Basically you'll have more free RAM, which means greater ability to run a large number of apps without them needing to be closed.
 

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Better experience overall. Just like your desktop/laptop, more RAM=better performance.
 

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It means that unlike HTC, which just took the cheap and lazy route, Samsung has decided that they actually care about giving their customers a choice regarding the manner in which they use their phone. Good job Samsung.
 
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But keep in mind the average user doesn't need more than 1gig og ram. It's a nice upgrade for power users though.

Choices are.... More ram or a better screen. Also the s3 will have better battery life too.

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But keep in mind the average user doesn't need more than 1gig og ram. It's a nice upgrade for power users though.

Choices are.... More ram or a better screen. Also the s3 will have better battery life too.

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Actually the average user apparently does need more than 1Gig of RAM.
My friend, who bought the One X because I suggested it based one the reviews I had seen pre launch, probably doesn't even know what a tech Site is but he does know that he doesn't like how the One X is constantly "reloading things" as he puts it.
 
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Actually the average user apparently does need more than 1Gig of RAM.
My friend, who bought the One X because I suggested it based one the reviews I had seen pre launch, probably doesn't even know what a tech Site is but he does know that he doesn't like how the One X is constantly "reloading things" as he puts it.

That's not because of the amount of Ram, 1 gb is plenty. It's the way HTC decided to use it, so it's actually software related.

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Calvin is correct. Its how HTC uses it's software. Annoying? Yes to some. The HOX is not a phone that will fit everyone.
 

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I think 2 gb is a bit overkill, but then again it definitely won't hurt. I'm actually excited for this phone, my wife will be getting it. So I get to play with both, I love the fact that she's a Samsung girl and I'm an HTC guy, it works out perfect.

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That's not because of the amount of Ram, 1 gb is plenty. It's the way HTC decided to use it, so it's actually software related.

From my long awaited and totally worth it EVO LTE!

I am not an expert by any means, so I am just asking. HTC made the "software" decision because they felt it was needed? They say it improves the user experience. I assume it is because they believe multiple apps open has a tendency to choke the phone?
Would 2 gb of ram alleviate this issue?
So, even though it was a software choice, was it a choice based on hardware issues?

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That's not because of the amount of Ram, 1 gb is plenty. It's the way HTC decided to use it, so it's actually software related.

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I had the phone for three weeks. Trust me when I say that there is a good reason why HTC decided to utilize their one gig the way they do. If they didn't the phone would constantly freeze up. The HOX does not have enough free memory on board to multitask properly. I know from experience. :)

Edit: While rooted I was able to change settings to the point where it appeared to be working but the moment I came across a flash heavy Web site or used the phone in a manner that upped the ram usage everything froze up.
 
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I thought HTC made that decision because the S4 and Adreno combo uses so much memory that's little left for applications. I think that's why Samsung offers 2GB for the US GS3.
 

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I thought HTC made that decision because the S4 and Adreno combo uses so much memory that's little left for applications. I think that's why Samsung offers 2GB for the US GS3.

You are correct. Unfortunately for me since I loved almost everything else about the HOX, HTC decided not to do that.
 

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so we can agree that multitasking would be improved.

the real cause for the extra 1 gig of ram is due to the processor used in the 2 GB variants of the Galaxy S3.

the krait s4 cpu does come with the adreno cpu which does NOT have dedicated video ram. this leads to it needing to take some of the general RAM away for graphic tasks.

this is why the HTC One X with the S4 CPU has even less RAM free than the Tegra3 variant.

so to circumvent scenarios with to low memory, because of the added need for RAM by the adreno gpu samsung decided to add to the memory. since samsung does manufacture the RAM chips itself it can pretty "cheaply" upgrade the memory size.
 

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I would have loved the 2gig on the international model I ve s2 and my is always getting clogged up....

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I am not an expert by any means, so I am just asking. HTC made the "software" decision because they felt it was needed? They say it improves the user experience. I assume it is because they believe multiple apps open has a tendency to choke the phone?
Would 2 gb of ram alleviate this issue?
So, even though it was a software choice, was it a choice based on hardware issues?

Sent from my Samsung Galxy S2 Skyrocket SGH-i727 on ATT LTE

Software decision by HTC.

I had the phone for three weeks. Trust me when I say that there is a good reason why HTC decided to utilize their one gig the way they do. If they didn't the phone would constantly freeze up. The HOX does not have enough free memory on board to multitask properly. I know from experience. :)

Edit: While rooted I was able to change settings to the point where it appeared to be working but the moment I came across a flash heavy Web site or used the phone in a manner that upped the ram usage everything froze up.

No kernel source yet, so dev's can't work out a proper software hack that would change this permanently. They admitted it's better, but not where it should be.

I thought HTC made that decision because the S4 and Adreno combo uses so much memory that's little left for applications. I think that's why Samsung offers 2GB for the US GS3.

so we can agree that multitasking would be improved.

the real cause for the extra 1 gig of ram is due to the processor used in the 2 GB variants of the Galaxy S3.

the krait s4 cpu does come with the adreno cpu which does NOT have dedicated video ram. this leads to it needing to take some of the general RAM away for graphic tasks.

this is why the HTC One X with the S4 CPU has even less RAM free than the Tegra3 variant.

so to circumvent scenarios with to low memory, because of the added need for RAM by the adreno gpu samsung decided to add to the memory. since samsung does manufacture the RAM chips itself it can pretty "cheaply" upgrade the memory size.



I'm not buying that HTC did it because of the way the S4 as a chip is set up. Previous Snapdragon chips had less ram than this and multitasked better. Those Adreno chips also had to share RAM. I'm sure that part of it has to do with the fact that battery life is better (marginally) without a ton of apps in memory, and you'll probably very rarely (if ever) see Sense force close (this has been an issue for them before). So to keep that from happening they just actively kill apps. There's probably a much better way to do this, but I'm no dev so I don't know. Could be they rushed it to be first to market and will change it with an update. Who knows. But remember that Samsung has had access to the ICS source code for far longer than any other manufacturer. That has definitely helped them refine the software.

We'll obviously learn more as some smart devs get this phone in their hands, but another possibility is that Samsung knew this would upset some people (the change from Exynos to Snapdragon) so they put more RAM in to appease them. Yeah, that's a far, far, far stretch of the imagination, but it's not completely impossible.
 

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So we get better multitasking and possibly less battery used? So whats more efficient the UK version with 1 gig of Ram and Exynos or the American version with 2 gigs of Ram and the S4?
 

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I am not very familiar with the all the tech aspects of RAM and such, so I appreciate all the posts from you guys. One question though, I keep seeing multitasking being the biggest benefactor from the 2 GB of RAM but is it possible or likely that we see snappier performance in day to day tasks due to the RAM increase? Surely flying around the phone from app drawer to apps to making phone calls, etc. there is bound to be a slight increase in performance compared to it only having 1 GB, right?
 

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