Buy a useful smartphone
Recently I happened to get involved in a couple of dialogues with some colleagues on the topic of single-core vs. dual-core vs. n-core in a smartphone and I raised the following question: is a dual-core or an n-core reasonable? For what we gain speed wise we lose in autonomy. So when you chose a smartphone should you take the CPU into consideration?
Do we need maximum speed on Android?
Android fans always bring into discussion the superiority of the Android platform due to the powerful hardware present on Android smartphones. I don’t disagree.
Yet I would like to see how it behaves in reality: what do we actually do with a smartphone? Why do we necessarily need a Quad-Core CPU!
Which are the apps that need a Quad-Core? Does Android 4.2 load more quickly? Does it put your device at the top of the benchmark?
Because objectively speaking, for “normal” phone functions, browsing, audio-video rendering, e-mail, and socializing networks the top devices that already EXIST on the market nowadays are enough.
A major issue: autonomy
What nobody takes into account is the smartphone’s autonomy problem. They (developers) enhance the resolution, add larger screens, more powerful CPUs, faster Wi-Fi, apps that prevent you from setting you phone down.
And you fall into a pattern of using your device permanently and realizing that when you need your smartphone to make a phone call or to reply to an e-mail the battery is discharged.
Yet you have a super dual-core/quad-core/n-core CPU and Full HD decoding that you rarely get to enjoy! So choosing a phone according to its CPU could be a more complex problem than you may think.
The Android platform tends to become more complex and resource consuming.
On the other hand, iOS and Windows Phone manage to make the user’s experience a priority and what really matters: something that is easy to use and that offers the best autonomy.
Google should know this and act accordingly and promptly about the minimum requirements that devices need to meet to run its platform –quad-core/n-core and higher frequencies aren’t such important elements anymore.
We need mobility, which means more than anything autonomy.