Task killer final verdict

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by daihl92, May 6, 2010.

  1. daihl92

    daihl92 Well-Known Member
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    I know that there are already a ton of threads about task killers, whether or not they work, well im just telling my experiences for anyone that wants a straight answer from someone. I have used advanced task killer since the day i bought my droid and was always happy with the performance but i really had nothing to compare it too because i liked being able to kill tasks everytime i put my phone into sleep mode. Well two days ago i finally decided to uninstall atk and see what happened. Let me tell you, my droid is amazing now. It is way faster then it has ever been, no lag, smooth scrolling, its unbelievable. And my battery life is wayyy better, i unplugged it this morning at 630am and it is now 740 and after not killing any programs all day and moderate use (a ton of texting, a good hour of browser and a couple calls) i am still at 30-40% usually by now i would be down to needing a charge! it is amazing, oh and i have never had this much mb free with a task killer. i wish i wouldve grown some balls earlier and just uninstalled atk. I finally believe that the droid does not need a task killer.
     

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  2. nstallion

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    I think Google should be more upset with the culture that seems to be spreading at Verizon stores of telling people to install task killers. It might make sense for the wimpy devices like the Eris, but the powerhouses like the Droid and Incredible just don't need them.
     
  3. shadowdude777

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    Even the Eris won't benefit from task killers, because Android is Linux, which means it will automatically kill tasks by itself when it needs to.

    You should keep a task killer installed though, because it's handy to have when there's a runaway app doing something wrong.
     
  4. daihl92

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    i was thinking about that but then i get into the habit of just killing everything every 5 minutes. so i decided that if i need to kill somethin ill just go through settings>running services then kill it that way
     
  5. Fabolous

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    I don't see anything wrong with using ATK, so long as you have it checked when you kill your tasks.

    Also, I have it set to not auto start.
     
  6. daihl92

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    i did have it checked and i always thought my phone was fast but now that im not using it i know what fast really is
     
  7. chippy

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    I stopped using atk and my phone seemed to go faster, maybe it was placebo who knows?
     
  8. kyleonfire

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    Verizon preinstalled it on my phone without even telling me.
     
  9. CBLJazz

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    I must admit. Killing tasks has been a habit since I've gotten this phone but after reading this thread i decided to try an experiment and see if NOT killing tasks helps.
    the difference is profound and immediate.

    My phone is faster because apps are already running- to some degree vs. having to always start from scratch.

    I plan to use the results of this experiment to change my futture behavior. I will only kill tasks if there is a problem.

    In retrospect i actually think killing tasks became a habit.

    btw, i didn't use the normal atk- i used APOLLO TASK KILLER which i think is actually better than ATK (advanced task killer)
     
  10. nstallion

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    :mad:
     
  11. daihl92

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    it became a habit for me also, i actually like it a lot more now that im not killing any and i can just put my phone down
     
  12. AndroidsOfTara

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    I think the Verizon techs are trained to install ATK for any problem one has with an Android phone.
     
  13. nstallion

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    Which I think is ******ed. I wonder if that's an actual policy decision passed down from upper management or if the lower level employees at the stores are just all jumping on a bandwagon.
     
  14. King_Bean

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    +1

    I stopped using it at least three months ago and I've never looked back. It may just be a coincidence, but my Droid seems to be one of the few that is essentially bug-free (and I've flashed all kinds of ROMs and themes).
     
  15. tom108

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    ATK can be a useful tool if used correctly. you need to make sure you select apps the need to be running and ignore them from ATK. While the system does a great job of managing memory and and even better job if you are using pete's scripts or the autokiller app i still find some times that i like to be able to kill off some lingering apps. one of the reasons i rooted my phone was so i could be in more control of it. bottom line is do not use ATK or any task killers if you are not going to take the time to research how they should be used. the "Droid Specialist" at my local Verizon store was less knowledgeable then me on the phone. and the second "Droid Specialist admitted he did not even own a droid. to test him i handed my phone to him when i had a non themed CM rom running and he was unable to tell me any differences. and that was before the official 2.1 came out and i was running a CM rom based on it.
     
  16. KelKel

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    I work for the big V, it is not policy to install ATK.
     
  17. xsoulbrothax

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    Possibly a lot of the physical store locations have employees that do the best they can - and they're used to not trusting random applications and will look there first if a phone is having problems, kind of like computers.
     
  18. shadowdude777

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    It's sort of like deleting everything in the Prefetch folder in Windows; everyone raves about how it's the end-all-be-all for performance issues but it actually harms performance.
     
  19. Chillout

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    I tried almost every single task killer/manager on the market since I got my droid and I've found that ATK has been the best. It's an easy interface to manage, adding something to your ignore list is a snap, and removing it is almost just as easy. I honestly keep all my favorite apps on the ignore list so they stay running if I start them up so I only ever end up killing a few random apps quite honestly and my droid has been quick and responsive.

    I also noticed a big difference when I switched launchers from the other home alternatives to Helix. Between Helix and my task killer my phone is responsive, rarely force closes and generally the only lag I ever see if Im updating apps via the market where it can sometime bog down when it's downloading 3 or 4 at a time plus doing other stuff. That though I can understand and as soon as they are installed everything is great again.
     
  20. gwlaw99

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    There are times when apps hang or need to be forced closed and having a task killer available is nice. Every so often my Droid will get really slow and killing all tasks immediately helps. I am using memory manager now so that may no longer happen.
     
  21. Lock-N-Load

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    this is so NOT "the final verdict"

    in fact, it is just another topic on TK's

    I like ATK, I use ATK, I will continue to use ATK.
     
  22. daihl92

    daihl92 Well-Known Member
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    this is MY final verdict
     
  23. Lock-N-Load

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    I guess I missed the "MY" in the title.. oh wait, there isn't one :eek:
     
  24. daihl92

    daihl92 Well-Known Member
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    oh wait, lets settle down here
     
  25. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Well-Known Member
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    I was just ribbing you..

    though this could have just gone under one of the already existing looong TK threads because in the end, it just becomes one anyway :p
     

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