How much RAM does your phone REALLY need in 2019?

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  1. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    "Once you go over 8GB, you enter 'Nonsense' land, where Mr. Silly lives."

    "More than 8GB?
    Once you go over 8GB, you enter “Nonsense” land, where Mr. Silly lives. Even with 3GB of memory, like in my trusty Mate 8, we aren’t talking about what apps the device can run, we are looking at how many apps it can simultaneously keep in memory! 4GB is workable, 6GB is sweet, 8GB is edging close to Nonsense land, but still falls within the sweet spot. 10GB, 12GB, 16GB are just plain stupid. These are examples of nothing more than specification overload, which increases the price and brings little or no benefit to the user."

    Long article, simple answer, of course it's spec wars to attract the "shiny object" buyers. :)

    I find it easier for me to listen to the video while doing other things...

    How much RAM does your phone REALLY need in 2019?

    Android Authority
    Published on Jan 28, 2019
    Android smartphones had humble beginnings with smaller screens, smaller batteries, and lower amounts of RAM. Today there are devices with 10GB of RAM with 12GB or more on the horizon. But how much RAM does your smartphone actually need?
    I have done some investigation and some experimentation and this is what I found out.

    Android Memory Management - How does it work? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEbKF...

    Download the Android Authority App: https://andauth.co/aa-app


    Plus I get to see and hear more about Mr. Silly in the video:
    Mr Silly.jpg

    It comes down to app's used and usage pattern's, and over time memory usage typically increases. Overbuying memory is what I do and even then if I keep it long enough I often wish I purchased more when buying / building it.
     
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  2. Vasudev

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    It was my first and last iphones. Dunno know much about the inner working of iOS. I really think iOS 12.2 manages RAM much worse than iOS 12.1.x.
    For now, I found that Holding Power button and Home button clears standby RAM and it did improve benchmarks and got rid of slight UI lag.
    I will update my iOS cleaning thread with iTunes artwork cache deletion step.
     
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    Phone buyers shopping

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    Very true Indeed. I'm looking at specs, IP rating etc.... Too many damn phones to choose from......
     
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    I was insinuating that most just go...this has more ram/faster/etc....it's I gotta have it. like..oh...a peice of candy. My iphone 6s is still a killer phone. The only reason I got the 8 was because of the deal we got on them.
     
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    Redmi 6 user here with 4GB of RAM (180AUD, 130 USD, 110 EURO) running MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1. At anytime I have over 500MB of RAM left free (not cached) even though I have set the RAM to start closing background applications at 100MB left. I usually have 10 apps locked to memory (i.e, system won't close them) including outlook, Edge, Youtube, etc. I never close my apps in the background because I can't be bothered.

    This way, except after I force-close apps or reboot, I never have to wait for my apps to reload. The locking in RAM helps because of my sub-par Mediatek Helio P22 (Think SD 710), re-loading apps take a few seconds which I'm not willing to wait for lol.

    I will never buy crApple's iPhones just to say "Oh look, my phone is so much more efficient with my RAM than urs". My phone costs one tenth the price of an iPhone with 4GB of RAM. My Android phone can do every single thing an iPhone can do and more. Just imperceptibly slower.
     
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    EDIT Can Admin please delete this accidental duplicate?
     
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    Too each their own. Yes, your phone maybe able to do the same things the iPhone can, however....inperceptibly slower, I think not. That being said, using "crapple" makes you sound like you are ten. I use all platforms, and I have yet to see an android phone be faster and smoother than an iPhone of similar generation.
     
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    Tried Pixel 2/3? I hate SameSong phones where OS updates are locked by carriers.
     
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    Had a 2 xl for a short time. Didn't like it. Went back to my 6s.
     
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