August 16th, 2010, 10:10 AM
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Be careful. You are treading on hollow ground here.
I have no idea what incited this flame war, but it's been ongoing for a very very long time. Try not to get caught in it.
I am going to list the pros and cons of using a task killer:
The Android system can automatically optimizes system memory. Apps that are used often are stored in the memory in order to allow quick access to them, hence reducing load time. Therefore, killing apps unnecessarily increases load time.
Continuously loading and dumping memory takes up a lot of battery power, something that no phone user would like.
Inexperienced user often kill all apps without even understanding what each app is for. Some of the apps are core tasks which have to keep running at all times. Turning them off simply forces Android to reload them again instantly, slowing things down and draining your battery.
Killing off unnecessary task that doesn't automatically quits after leaving the app, like Games. Frankly, I don't see any reason why gaming apps should stay in the memory. I am not going to be launching games repetitively.
Killing off apps that crashed, but somehow also fails to force close itself.
In conclusion: Like all good things, use task killer sparingly. Only kill apps that you won't be using again in the next few hours, or apps that have crashed.