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  1. RunVert

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    There are several Task Killers on the Market.

    -Advanced Task Manager
    -Advanced Task Killer
    -Automatic Task Killer
    -Super Task Killer 2011
    -Watchdog Task Manager
    -Taskiller Free

    ....Just to name a few on the top of my head. What are the differences between all these task killers? which one is best?

    I also have heard that having a task killer installed burns up battery life faster just because it is always running in the background, which defeats the purpose of installing a task killer to get better battery life in the first place.

    What are your thoughts on these?
     

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    Just download "System Panel" and call it a day. From what I understand Task killers don't work with 2.2 (FroYo).
     
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    do yourself and your phone a favor...

    stop thinking about it! dont even worry about apps in the background or memory.

    android is different animal than other OS... no need to worry about memory hogs. Let android take care of the memory...

    forget it.. forget it. no task killers!
     
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    Not a fan of task killers with 2.2 and in future. Simply shutting off antennae not being used (wifi, gps, 4G), not using haptic feedback, and auto-screen brightness is fine. I also close apps when I don't use them.
     
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    Here's what you do:

    Turn your phone on, uninstall all task killers you have installed, and begin using the phone. If you really want to kill stuff, use the embedded process manager in android 2.2. On top of ending running processes the right way, it will discourage you from wanting to kill stuff all the time and let the operating system do it's job! Believe it or not, it can in fact handle itself really well without you intervening.
     
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    new to EVO here, still getting my feet wet so to speak, where do you find the process manager?
     
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    menu > settings > applications > manage apps

    you can also find apps in the market that take you to this setting.
    i like Elixir... very useful and powerful free app.
     
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    The very best Task Killer is _NO_ Task Killer.

    Android is not a PC
    Android is not a Mac
    Android is not an iPhone.

    Obvious? Yes.

    However too many people fail to study & learn what the Android mobile OS is all about.

    They "Assume" like they're experts that tasks running in the background are bad. wrong!

    Google is your friend. Learn Android & you will be very impressed. You'll save wasted time listening to "experts" who aren't .

    Cheers
     
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    i have a Motorola Atrix and there is a built-in Task Manager. This is very good compare to other task killers. I tried to shut down Skype with Advance Task Killer but didn't work, and the built-in task manager does the job nicely. i will take the advice here and uninstall Advance Task Killer :D cheers all.
     
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    you should have never used any 3rd party task killers.

    never!
     
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    I posted in another thread about this. I used to manually kill my apps on occasion. I haven't killed them at all in the past few days and I am thinking my battery has lasted longer than it had been. It doesn't mean you won't use more memory but not battery power. You'll use more power as apps open all the time after you close them.
     
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    Android apps don't work in background. Only services can work without gui in background. Use task killer is bad idea but some time i use ES Task Manager.
     
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    ^ cool... I couldn't have said it better myself. [​IMG]
     
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    I would say, use only built in task killers, as these do not actually kill the running processes but only remove the cached data on the RAM to free up more.

    Killing running processes actually leads to worse battery life on Android, or even data corruption is a relatively rare cases I'd think. Besides, if you kill a running process, it will restart after a few secs or mins, so its pointless.

    Use only a third party task killer only if you know which should and could be killed or not.
     
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    Juice defender for the wi. No need for task killers. You DON'T need them. Jd will save your battery.
     
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    Manipulating your system with Tasker works better than any task killer. BG sync for 4 minutes, once an hour, reduce battery usage when the phone is idle, after a specific time of day, etc. I use android assistant to keep things from starting up, but that's about it. Just because they show running does NOT mean they're using battery power or cpu time. the more times an app closes and opens, the more battery power and cpu time you use, hence why task killers are over-hyped.
     
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    Sometimes i use a task killer widget to kill the app i'm developing to restart it, quite fast and easy.
     
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    If you are on HC or ICS you can try GestureControl. Besides other things it allows you to kill current application with a gesture. You can create you own gesture pattern. For example I use 4 fingers swipe down for "kill application", so while in Skype I just have to swype 4 fingers down in order to close and kill it.

    While it is true, that there is no point killing regular applications, there are applications that start background processes: Skype, some games with reminders, etc. Killing such application will kill its background process too and it won't use resources or bother you with notifications.

    http://androidforums.com/applicatio...ouch-gestures-works-all-apps.html#post4262144
     

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