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Benefits of Dual Core / phone choice

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  1. jasf

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    I'm a bit confused by the new phone options. Right now I have a "dumb" phone. I want to get a new phone but want to make sure it is the right phone.

    What purpose does a dual core phone serve? I really don't plan on using the phone for anything other than calls, texts, internet browsing, checking personal email while at work. Would dual core be of any benefit?

    I guess I want 4g but only so I can show off my superior speed not that I actually need it. The camera is irrelevant at this point though during the life of this phone it might be nice to have one that is useful for taking pictures of kids for the grandparents. The only other requirement is droid (no apple products for me), good integration with google since it my life runs through their products (gmail and voice). Oh and Verizon, Verizon is the only carrier for me.

    If the Samsung galaxy s2 comes to Verizon before the tiers start I have my eye on that if not maybe the trohpy if it gets good reviews. Right now I'd get the thunderbolt if not for battery issues
     

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    getting a newer chip isn't always about power. exynos may be faster, but its also more efficient and you'll be able to do more using less power and generating less heat.

    hopefully someday big red will start integrating google voice like sprint. honestly if it weren't for their abysmal phone selection and wimax...
     
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    The real purpose of dual core is for applications to be able to use both cores simultaneously (multi-threading) making the app run faster without hogging 1 cpu, and let other apps also run without much cpu contention.

    If apps aren't written to use multiple cores then the OS has to be smart enough to point apps to the cpu which is most free.

    I have yet to run into an app on a phone that hogs so much cpu that the phone goes slow. I think gaming will benefit the most from dual core and I don't really play games, so dual core isn't currently a selling point for me.
     
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    Tell me in about month 8 of your 24 month contract if dual-core is a selling point.
     
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    I remember buying a single core PC when dual cores were starting to become widespread. A salesman was trying to get me to buy one with that argument that you might not want it now, but you will soon because all software will need that processing power soon. I bought the divorce core anyways and it worked great for what I did with it for over 3 years, with some memory upgrades.

    Yeah, there were games and GIS software that I eventually needed more horsepower for, but at the time it did all I had to do. A dual core might have lasted me longer with more upgrades, but probably not by much since quad cores are now a dime a dozen and I have a relatively cheap 6 core that's 2 months out of the box now. And most software still won't overtax it.

    A single processor phone like my Thunderbolt will be "old skool" by the time I'm ready for an upgrade. I'm willing to bet, however, that it'll still be able to send & receive data and calls and use most apps still.

    So, if you need a phone now don't be afraid to get one. If you can/need to wait then you probably won't gain or loose much in terms of what you'll be able to do with it.
     
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    I just got a Charge which is amazing but am still planning on buying a GSII when it his Verizon. Get what you think you will need. If you see something you like no just go for it. As of right now nothing other then the Bionic is announced as dual core coming to verizon.
     
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    My contract isn't up until August of next year, dual core is not a selling point.
    Having the latest and greatest, keeping up with everyone else has never been of interest to me.

    Until the apps make use of dual core, having it won't mean a thing other than being able to say you have it.
     
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    By them you will not have to worry about dual-core. The topic of the time will be Quad-Core (Tegra 3?). I would doubt we will see a quad-core by then but who knows.

    None the less, the more horse power your device packs the more functionality you will get. I am sure there are things a phone will do in the next 12-24 months that we haven't even thought about and dual-core will be required. I do know that VMWare on a mobile phone is on the horizon. This means you can run simultaneous operating systems on one device. So, theoretically, you could have a ROM of WP7 and Android running on the same device at the exact same time. So you could flip between them. This will most certainly require dual-core. On those same lines, you could have 5 Android ROMS running and 5 WP7 ROMs running. You can basically turn your phone into a server. You could have one ROM that is your Firewall on the phone. You could have another ROM that is your Anti-Virus. One ROM for work, One ROM for play. All of these services require a lot of horse power and these type of things are coming sooner than later.
     
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    Neato stuff. But again, if you're not using all that capacity it's kinda like phone porn.
     
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    Yep, exiting times. One thing I forgot to mention is webtop. The Motorola dock that basically turns your phone into a laptop found currently on the Atrix. Expect much more of that. That is another feature that will most certainly require dual-core.
     
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    Droid X2 is dual core coming out this week.
     
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    None of that matters to me, so it still isn't a selling point to me.
     
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    If it matters to the buyer, it should be noted that for 1080p video capture and playback that a dual core processor is required.
     
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    This is a bit confusing because you're early in your contract which sounds like you initiated about 5 months ago? Any purchase now takes you into 2013 on contract so it's well worth the consideration of future proofing yourself. I'm willing to bet dual core will be well taken advantage of by later in the year. You will be able to annual upgrade or wait 8 more months by that time while someone making a decision today will have over a year to wait while more and more features/apps are taking advantage of the dual core. Whether or not to go dual core is not a trivial decision at this point in time.
     
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    I said it is not a selling point to me, so saying it matters to the buyer is irrelevant.

    You're assuming I care about the contract. I bought my D2 in August on a 2 year contract, I bought my DX a month or 2 ago, retail.
     
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    Technically it is very relevant because I'm speaking in context of the OP's question. In that aspect, what matters to you is irrelevant. I'm also assuming the OP isn't willing to break contract or he wouldn't care about making the right choice now if he could just up and buy the next best thing when it comes around. Just trying to provide some perspective.
     
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    It is not even close to being relevant because I said it isn't a selling point for ME.

    You were responding to my posts and my actions now you're trying to claim relevance to what the OP said. Respond to the OP if that's the case, don't try to tell me what matters to me or what I care about in relation to what the OP wants.
     

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