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So the statement I support is:
Most people should not use an automated task killer and they should not kill tasks manually because the OS will handle it. If a crappy app constantly needs killing, uninstall it and contact the dev. On occasion, it may be necessary to do a Windows-style Ctrl+Alt+Del via phone settings > applications (or using a manual task viewer app) although rebooting should also do the trick. Power users may be able to tweak the OS in certain ways, but experimentation is the key because stock Android does a good job managing memory. Try it out without messing with it to compare.
When I was at my Verizon store, we complained about battery life. The person conducting a workshop asked if we had Task Manager installed. She enthusiastically proclaimed that she uses it a couple times a day to shut down apps and increase battery life. We downloaded it and have used it and I have to say I did notice an improvement in battery life. Now I read on this forum that what I am doing is not good!
Why did the so-called Verizon Droid expert recommend it if it's not a good idea? Should I leave it installed to kill unresponsive apps, even though I have not experienced an unresponsive app? Am I imagining the improved battery life? Is what I'm doing really going to damage the operating system or apps?
I downloaded the app ATK and i have a few questions. What apps should i ignore? And when on auto kill what level should the auto kill be on? Safe, aggresive or crazy? And also how frequently should it auto kill? half hour, 1 hour, 4 hours? Any more tips or advice you can give me please do.