imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

IN MY EYES: Which is better: 4GB, 6GB or 8GB RAM in smartphones?

Frankly speaking, I have had an obsession in owning a midrange phone with high RAM.

That’s when I was still innocent what this RAM is.

RAM stands for Random Access Memory, fellas.

RAM is an internal component used in computers and smartphones to hold memory. It’s measured in GB (gigabytes) and determines how much data the phone or computer can keep in its recent memory.

If data can be kept within its recent memory, the device in question can often load the programs or apps that are using that data quicker. With desktops and laptops, it’s crucial to have enough RAM if you’d like to have multiple programs running smoothly.

However, this isn’t so much the case with smartphones. On smartphones, when RAM is limited, the device will often close down any background apps to free up enough memory to run the current list of ongoing applications. This means that you’ll receive less slowdown and lag as a result of a lack of RAM on smartphones than you would on desktops.

However, having more RAM can still make your device speedier. Firstly, your operating system needs a certain amount of RAM just to keep the user interface and menus running smoothly. Secondly, if you’ve got multiple apps running simultaneously, for example, if you’re playing a game, listening to music, and in a video call all at the same time, more RAM will be needed to keep those apps running smoothly together.

How much RAM do android phones need, fellas? Is this much RAM needed or is it just a sneaky marketing ploy from manufacturers to grab the attention of potential buyers?

Sparsh Nigam of the University of Lucknow said:

“If you just want to use the very basics without causing any lag or slowdown, I’ve found that 2GB of RAM is the sweet spot. 2GB of RAM gives you enough spare memory to run the Android system and a few background apps without coming across any hitches. With 2GB of RAM, you won’t be able to have dozens of background apps ready to go, so you’ll often need to re-load your applications each time you load into them if you regularly switch between more than five applications each day. 1GB of RAM is cutting it too short – with just 1GB of RAM, the modern Android operating system certainly starts to stutter.

I’m quite the power user, so I feel like my own usage scenarios should help to paint a picture about how much RAM is needed on the very high end of things. With 4GB of RAM, you’ll have enough space to keep all of your background apps saved in your memory. This means you’ll be able to switch between apps quickly and your device won’t need to close down or reload any applications to save memory.”

So, which is better, 4GB, 6 GB or 8GB RAM in smartphones?

Let’s start with smartphones having 2 GB of RAM.

My research says that 2 GB is more than enough for normal work and 3 to 4 GB is best for gaming. If you are buying a smartphone of 6GB and 8GB RAM then please leave the idea and opt for a lower one. If any person have small work for office and calling purposes with his smartphone, 2 GB RAM is more than enough. Also on 2 GB RAM, an average game can be played if you have good processor.

Experts wonder why people are craving for more RAM nowadays. The main worker is the processor. If your processor is good and more than enough to support all the apps, then RAM is very less required for smooth running. If you have a smartphone with 4GB of RAM, with an average memory usage of around 2.3GB, it can hold 47 apps in that memory. Jump that up to 6GB and you have well over 60 apps in your memory at any given moment of time. This is significantly more than most average people’s use case and hence is only recommended for power users.

Why 4 GB RAM is more than enough?

For smartphones with heavy usage and switching between apps, the best so far is 4 GB RAM.

With 4GB of RAM, you’ll have enough space to keep all of your background apps saved in your memory. This means you’ll be able to switch between apps quickly and your device won’t need to close down or reload any applications to save memory. Four GB of RAM gives enough breathing room for Android users looking to own a device that can switch freely between applications

How about smartphones with 6 to 8 GBs, fellas?

Smartphones that use 6GB and 8GB may be useful in the future when the Android operating system is more memory intensive, or when apps require more memory to run efficiently. Unfortunately, it may be a long time before this happens, at which point, the processors in current day smartphones are likely to be behind the curve anyway. More and more smartphone brands are looking at launching smartphones with 8GB of RAM. However, to justify the existence of 8GB RAM smartphones right now, brands are mostly offering exceptionally high internal storage of up to 256GB. Both the features—high RAM and high storage— are a luxury that most users can skip. Most buyers feel that higher numbers in spec-sheet assures the best. However, when it comes to ROI, while higher storage space might come handy, the benefits of higher RAM on Android smartphones are debatable.

Nigam adds: “I don’t think 8GB of RAM will currently be a useful hardware feature for smartphones and I’d be surprised if 6GB of RAM could ever be filled up on currently available android software. In almost all cases, 4GB of RAM is enough for Android devices.

Now here is the disadvantage of higher RAM.”

Since 4 GB is recommended for average to heavy users, any RAM more than this (6 GB and above) requires the battery to work harder, hence, these extra RAMs, although they are not being utilized, will drain the battery faster. Just because your phone has 8GB RAM doesn’t mean it will be the fastest, too. It depends on the processor speed.

How about you, fellas? What android phone do you use? And how much is the RAM?