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Live Wallpaper really do make a dent in performance!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by 1080p, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. 1080p

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    So... since I have owned a N1, I have NEVER once tried the phone with a non-live wallpaper running. So, just a minute ago I set one of the papers in the Wallpaper Gallery... and....

    WOW.

    The phone runs silky smooth without a live wallpaper running.

    Try it. Compare the animations of loading the app roll (the app button at the bottom). Try it with a live wallpaper and then without it.

    WOAH! Big difference!

    Live wallpapers... you were a nice extra... but your novelty has faded away. Not using them anymore.

    PS... if they are hitting the N1 this hard... I can just imagine running them on a slower phone like the DROID. I might just scratch my eyes out. ;)
     

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    100% agreed, also affects battery life
     
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    Google just needs to get the new kernel ready so they can utilize more RAM, on Cyanogen Mod with his himem hack I have no problems running live wallpaper.
     
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    true, but your battery life suffers too then.
     
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    If the GPU was used on the home screen that would probably make quite a difference too?
     
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    supposedly it also hits the battery pretty hard as well............

    glad to see its the culprit of other things as well........eh when i get mine i wasnt planning on using this feature anyway no point lol.
     
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    holy crap you can put a 2800 in this thing?!
     
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    Yeah, but you have to deal with a horrific looking replacement battery cover.
     
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    I don't know if "in" is really accurate. More of you can "strap it on" to the back! hehehe.

    Personally that seems to defeat the purpose of such a slim and appealing device. I will get the 1600mAh extra battery and have a spare if my usage is so heavy that i need it. It fits stock, that coupled with the cradle (that has 2nd batt slot to charge) should have me set.

    I also got rid of the live wallpaper. Pretty, but not worth battery or performance hit. The screen itself is so gorgeous a good photo is all i need. YMMV - and expect I'll revisit as more live wallpapers become available.
     
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    The only live wallpaper I use now is grass, I don't really notice much of a performance hit with that one. I think it is basically a proof of concept that will be improved upon over time.
     
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    I've found that the Starfield live wallpaper (available in the marketplace for free) uses very little resources or battery...at least compared to the other live wallpapers i've tried.
     
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    I want some bling with my new sciencephone. Ill just have a car charger or extra battery. Gotta pay to play ;P
     
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    bezial lines or whatever its called has shown me no difference in battery life/performance
     
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    I have my Fireworks live wallpaper kicking and I love it too much to give it up. I make it through the day on my battery, but things will be really great when they come out with the car dock. Take 3 seconds to pop it in any time I get in the car and my battery will probably never fall below 50%. I love the desktop dock as well. Not having to plug things in to the bottom of my phone is nice :)
     
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    agree about graphics performance. However I use the live earth wallpaper (not useful but I love it) and I tested battery life before and after and noticed almost no difference at all.
     
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