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Question about the amount of ROM Available?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by mcbtrain929, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. mcbtrain929

    mcbtrain929 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Nov 5, 2009
    So, it definitely blows that this was advertised with 1 gb of ROM, and we only ended up with about 370mb of ROM. But, it is what it is.

    Now, I know RAM is more important when it comes to making the phone snappy and dealing with all the open apps. But, does it affect the phones performance when the phone gets low on ROM? I'm around 220mb of available ROM, which is still a good amount, but i cant help but check the file size of every app and game i download and cringe if its bigger than average.

    So, is there a number I should try to stay above? 150mb, 100, 50, or does it really not matter as far as the phone's responsiveness and snappiness is concerned?

    Thanks guys!


  2. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    Well, a chunk of that internal space is taken up by the OS and default apps, along with other odds and ends. Regardless, it shouldn't really make a difference, unless somethings is seriously trying to cache a lot of data to internal storage. I'm at, oh, 120MB left off the top of my head and performance seems identical to when I first got the phone. Unlike some older/other phones that shared app storage space with running program memory space, it should be totally separate on the EVO.

    Just to be safe, I'd keep a small chunk free in case something needs to use that space all of a sudden. I'm not sure if Android winds up doing anything related to storage maintenance or not. On my old myTouch/Magic, I went down to less than 3MB on it's storage, and it chugged along OK.
  3. nRRe

    nRRe Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    bowling alley employee
    belleville, il
    pretty sure it's not as big of a deal as say a Windows Mobile phone.

    I believe Linux handles ROM differently than Windows does. I know my old WinMo phone would slow to a crawl if i had to much on it or didn't reset as it had a decent memory leak(HTC Diamond). I remember runnign CleanRam every 6 hours and it'd go from 80mb to 110mb of free rom.
  4. blu3g

    blu3g Well-Known Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    You'll be fine. I have over 150 apps and I am still sitting at 114 mb left. On my hero I was constantly down in the 20's and 30's with a quarter of the apps. If you are worried, just run a custom Rom with a2sd.
  5. freeza

    freeza Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Computer Tech!
    Pasadena, California
    Another vote for A2SD here, I have 378 MB free with 50 or so apps using A2SD and dalvik-cache on microSD. Not a single performance decrease.

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