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What is it with 2gb RAM octa core phones? Slow, bad connection, no rotate?

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by Android Question, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. Android Question

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    I have had two, actually 3, of them now. The first two were sony xperia aqua m4. The first one was RMA'ed and the second was just as laggy. I got infuriated and snapped it in half. They are very flimsy phones BTW. This one is a Blu studio one. Aluminum back should make it harder to snap. The things they have in common are similar spec and 1) poor reception, although the blu is better it still takes forever to connect and the quality of the connection likes to jump about even when still. Usually between 4g and lte. The sony would jump all over the place between e, h, h+, and lte. 2) The screen can sometimes take over a minute to rotate. My 1st gen moto g rotated instantly. WTF? That was the bottom barrel model too. And the hkme screen on the blu doesnt rotate. When I switch between a rotated program and the home screen and then to a new rotateable program it leaves the new program unrotated for a very long time. Maybe even multiple minutes. 3) There was more but I cant recall it at the moment.

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  2. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast

    I made this thread and this is a bump.
  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Could be because no one else reading this thread has had this problem. FWIW I've never seen a Blu myself as I'm not in the US, so can't really suggest anything apart from possibly contacting them about it. The Sonys, don't know, perhaps it was a duff batch and you were just unlucky.
    #3 mikedt, Feb 17, 2016
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  4. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast

    Nope. I have seen other places on the net where people complain about it. Search m4 aqua wint rotate and m4 aqua bad connection and similar stuff. I saw some reviews that noted the same issue.
  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    OK, so it sounds like an issue that Sony needs to address with these devices. I've never had a Sony phone myself, and I don't know anyone who does, apart from a very long time ago, a Sony Ericsson t68.

    I'm using an octo-core phone myself, an Oppo R7 Plus, and had no problems like this at all with it.
    #5 mikedt, Feb 17, 2016
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  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    I read it but didn't respond because it wasn't so much a question as a list of problems with 2 phones which I have no experience of (Blu don't exist over here). 2GB of ram and 8 cores are both commonplace features, so you can dismiss that as coincidence (the 2 handsets you name use different processors, and certainly the Snapdragon 615 used by the Sony is used in other handsets which don't have similar problems).

    Reception problems are hard for the user to do anything about as they mainly depend on network or phone hardware (transceiver or antenna). Radio firmware in my experience doesn't make a huge difference, so for reception problems that aren't caused by a temporary network fault or a faulty handset the options are pretty much change phone or change network. You may get lucky and find a firmware update which does change the story, but as someone who has been messing with phone software since 2010 my experience is that I've never encountered this myself. I'm assuming you mean real reception problems (inability to maintain contact with the network) rather than showing fewer signal bars, since those bars don't mean much (there is no consistent meaning of 2/3/4 bars, and manufactures often "address" "reception problems" by tweaking how many bars are shown for the same signal level).

    The UI rotation should be more amenable to software solutions, but without experience of either handset I can't really propose a solution.

    So given that that is all I can contribute, I hope you'll see why I didn't respond earlier.
    #6 Hadron, Feb 18, 2016
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  7. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast

    Apparently the $300 sony c5 ultra has the same rotate issue as noted by a reviewer. Why ate so many phones having rotation issues?
  8. Slug

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    I don't know, as the C5 Ultra uses a completely different (MediaTek vs Qualcomm) SoC to the M4. Maybe it's a faulty batch of sensors? Personally I've never had an M4 returned by a customer due to rotation issues, and the C5 Ultra isn't sold in Europe.
  9. norb

    norb Android Enthusiast

    Something is up because a lot of people have had this issue. BH seems to recognize it as an immediately returnable problem.
  10. Slug

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    Maybe it's peculiar to specific markets? Like i said, it's not an issue I've come across.

    Dunno who/what "BH" is, but over here any such behaviour would definitely be grounds for on-the-spot replacement as it's obviously not functioning as designed.

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