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  1. Hordriss

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    Hi all.

    I'd like some feedback from anybody who's used emulators on the current high-end Android handsets (Desire, Desire HD, Galaxy S etc).

    The reason is, my contract has now ended and so I want to upgrade from my brilliant but now dated Hero. I've found that the Hero struggles with anything higher than Game Boy Colour emulators. Anything else, including even NES, seems to run slowly, especially if I enable sound.

    I want to know if the experience is any better for the likes of the NES/SNES/Mege Drive emulators is any good with sound enabled on the newer and more powerful handsets. I'm not too bothered with PS1 emulation, but I'll take that as a bonus if it works ok.

    I'm also thinking of getting an Xperia Play once it has been released as I've found that using the touch-screen virtual pad a bit of a chore on anything which requires speed and/or accuracy. IE, it's fine for Pokemon and the Mega Drive Premier Manager, but stuff like Mario, Sonic and Castlevania just isn't fun. I wondered again if this was down to the Hero being less powerful, or if its just the trade-off of using a virtual pad as opposed to a physical one.

    Any feedback on this would be gratefully received, as the ability to play games on my phone (especially the classics) is going to be a big factor in what phone I go for.
     

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    I am running the Droid X, and the Galaxy Tab.

    I currently run emulators for GBC, GBA, NES, SNES, N64, and PSX. N64 is still buggy from being new, but runs decent. Everything else runs pretty well. I haven't had any issues with any emulators except N64 and PSX.
     
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    ya on my droid x i have gba/snes/psx and it runs the first two perfectly as far as i can tell. the psx one plays well too but there is a lot of room for improvement.
     
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    So how do you find the virtual control pad on your phones?

    As I said I've found the experience to be frustrating on the Hero. Playing both Nesoid Lite and TigerNES, I found it to be less precise than ideal with action games.

    Thanks for the responses so far.
     
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    On my atrix the emulators run like a dream.
     
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    Tekken 3 at 62fps steady in Galaxy s CM7 rom at 1.4Ghz....cant ask for more than that :)
     
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    PSX and N64 emulator still need allot of work, but in the games that are compatible the performance is good.
     
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    Yea, no one likes you and your dual-core LMAO j/k.


    Back to topic... I don't mind my virtual controls, matter of fact, i love them. But my DX's screen is bigger than the hero, and the Galaxy Tab's screen is double the size ;)
     
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    :) I bet you do!
     
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    I am getting used to virtual controls although I prefer to use the Wiimote...I just need a wii blue tooth controller with more buttons..more like a regular controller for fighting and sports games for example.
    That would make it my perfect portable device :)
     
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    Everything you listed, IMO, is mid-range now. The "high-end" phones are definitely the Atrix and the Optimus 2x.

    HTC Pyramid benchmarked

    The Galaxy S has a great GPU, but the GPU isn't utilized for emulators. It's processor is pretty bad for everything else compared to the other high-end phones.

    Definitely shoot for a dual-core tegra phone if you want the best you can get out of an emulator.
     
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    I hope the above is a bad joke... :rolleyes:
     
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    lol :D
     
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    I disagree with that, the Desire HD/S, Nexus/Galaxy S are still still high end for the simple reason many of us can't actually buy any of these " high end" dual core phones yet. :D

    Also, it's more than likely at this point in time they don't even use the second core, however they are faster clock for clock, probably a difference of around 20%.
     
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    Yeah my mid end Galaxy S at 1.4Ghz scored 63000pts in Browsermark...compare that to the stock Atrix at about 52,000pts ;)
    Plus the Neocore with an unlocked FPS scores 64fps with the Galaxy so that is about what 10 fps less than the all mighty Tegra2?
     
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    I don't think the phones you mentioned are available in the UK yet, or if they are you can't get network subsidised ones which is the only way I could afford to get them!
     
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    It's amazing how well an overclocked Galaxy S does in benchmarks, the PowerVR SGX540 scales really well, at 1.2GHz it's beating Tegra 2 (GPU)
     

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