How much RAM does your phone actually need in 2020?

               Back in the early days of smartphones, devices had 512MB of RAM memory or maybe even 1GB for flagships. Over time more memory was added. By 2014, most high-end devices had 3GB of RAM and during 2016-2017 4GB RAM became standard even for budget phones.

         Then the spec war started. The first to enter the battle is 6GB RAM followed by 8GB10GB, and then out of the blue phone manufacturers decided to take the battle to next level. The phone now comes with RAM whooping up to 12GB and 16GB

Random Access Memory

            With RAM seemingly increasing every year more than the price of petrol and diesel, this is high time we stop and pause and ask ourselves how much RAM we actually need. In this article, we'll be reviewing how much RAM we actually need, subjectively.


        Before we begin the article, I must appreciate Apple for competing with Android in equal scores in RAM management. Apple devices run with RAM of 4GB. Whereas Android runs with a massive 16GB. It's like the square root of Android that Apple devices rely on. The magic created by Apple comes from its operating system iOS has a great deal in software optimization and RAM management.


        Now let's begin with the article, the amount of RAM being used on your device depends entirely on which apps you have running. If you like Instagram and Candy crush but not much else, then you'll be using just over 1GB of RAM. If you switch between the apps altogether you'll need 3-4 GB


        The statistical data I said above in RAM management is compiled by Gary from Android Authority. Now coming back to the article, we need additional space to switch between apps called 'Swap Space'. The maximum swap space for a flagship can be around 2GB.


        Before I conclude the article, there are few thoughts to say about a phone manufacturer that tried to look "Cool" like Apple did with RAM management but failed miserably. If you're probably guessing it, you're almost right. It's none other than the 'Mother of Android' Google pixel

        If you're an Android phone manufacturer and if you can't perform the magic of optimization like iOS, it's fine to increase the size of RAM and fall into a safe zone like OnePlus & Samsung. 

        But the unnecessary heroic effort made by Google in RAM management is the cause for its phone's market failure. Google pixel can hold at least standard apps according to its spec data in its paper but in reality, it did a poor performance that holds only apps in its memory. So in future, if you plan on starting an Android-based smartphone company don't be like Google.


Conclusion :

                This is the most crucial part that I had to re-think twice before publishing it on the article. This is the part where I give out my final opinion subjectively. Based on the analytics that I have given before, 6GB is the ideal RAM that can hold a dozen of apps without re-loading including some heavy-duty apps. But if you plan on keeping the app in the memory say almost a week. 6GB RAM might find it slightly difficult and might reload the app.

    This is the place where 8GB RAM captures a sweet spot. Switching apps become seamless in 8GB RAM, it can hold the memory of the app for weeks without the loss of data.

        Now here's the most critical part. What about the RAM of more than 8GB? This is the part where I gulp down and reveal one of the harsh realities of life. The RAM of more than 8GB is useless. 

        This is the part where the small blogger like me dare to speak against the Smartphone tech giants like OnePlus & Samsung who has doubled the size of its RAM, which itself is more than necessary. Shortly speaking, the RAM of more than 8GB is a 'No man's land where your extra money you spent lives on. 


So these are Techcrypts' opinions on RAM and how actually, we need it. 

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