Dual-Core or Single Core?

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    I wanted a new phone for my birthday. At first I wanted the Sony Xperia Play, but it didnt come out in time. I also see the reviews for the phone, and they dont look so good. So, I am now thinking about either the HTC Thunderbolt, or the HTC Incredible 2. But I realized that they both are single cores, not dual cores. Should I be caring for the amount of cores? I have an iPod Touch 3G, and I like the speed of that device. I'm not sure if it has dual core or single core, but i am fine with that speed. I also want an HTC because of HTC Sense. I like its UI better than Motorolas or Samsungs. And I dont feel like rooting the phone either (yet). So, should I be caring about the Dual Core or is a Single core fine?

    Note I am also on Verizon.
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    I dont think dual core matters. I believe I read soemthing here where some single cores actually beat out dual cores. At this time dual cores just arent well supported. Its like the PC CPU market. When Quad Cores came out, and for a bit after they came out, maybe a year or two, they offered little to no advantage in gaming computers as games werent able to take advantage of the 2 extra cores in the quad core. This is how dual core cpus in smart phones are now. There not a bad thing at the right price but it will be a little bit before you really see them make an impact.

    As for comparing them to the iPod, assuming you have the 4th generation your PCU is under clocked to 800MHz. It doesnt run at the full 1GHz, so both phone should outperform the iPod, plus the CPUs in those phones are newer then that of the iPod further increasing there lead.
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    Depends on how important future-proofing is to you. If you're a frequent upgrader it's probably less important.
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    Dual-core is EXTREMELY important. As long as the Android OS supports it (and it does) it could run multiple processes at the same time. While this may not speed up individual apps (like games) it greatly improves overall system performance, especially in an OS that has true multitasking.

    I still remember the first time I sat in front of a dual-core pc... the smoothness of Windows was mind-blowing. The same applies to phones.
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    Or wait for the Droid X2... Not HTC, but from my experience with a lot of different phones, the only way id get rid of my X is for an X2
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    ok heres a question thats been on my mind, is a single core 1 ghz phone 'better' than a dual core 800 mhz phone? basically what im asking is a lower rated dual core faster than a higher single?
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    Very good point there. Something I myself didnt consider and many others dont either I imagine. Of course this assumes the phone has the RAM to back up this principal.

    I know 800Mhz was just an example but I dont think the dual cores are rated at less then 1Ghz. Dual cores are still pretty new, and there just now really starting to hit the market in mass production. You really have to take it on a CPU by CPU basis. Generally the dual cores are better but I know atleast 1 single core CPU can out perform a dual core. That single core will see better performance when running an app, but the dual core can help mange multi-tasking better.
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    Get a dual core.

    1. Multiple cores allows for better power management. Longer battery life.
    2. More powerful as a general rule.
    3. Android is adding more support for it all the time. It will only get better.

    There's really no reason not to get a dual core at this point. There are enough phones out to give you a decent choice, more coming out very soon. They have all the benefits and no downsides really. Except maybe price.
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    theres a htc sensation coming to vzw in amonth?
    really?


    We know the droid x 2 and the samsung galaxy 2 are coming eventually, i think you're going to be waiting a while for a dual core lte device though.
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    Get a dual-core smartphone.
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    personally, I'm waiting for the droid3. Best of everything so far as I'm concerned. (I don't give one s**t about 4g)

    I guess thats the other question you need to ask yourself. How important is 4g to you?
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    If it was me, I'll root it...
    Root-ed phones are just too amazing!

    Tapatalk-Motorola Droid-303!
    Tap, Swype, and Talk.


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    Exactly...i don't live in a metro area so it doesn't matter...and plus, I'm surrounded around wifi!
    But it would be nice to show off some 4g's

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    It will only get better but I suspect we will be waiting for about 6 months to a year to really see android fully embrace dual cores. Im not bashing android or google or dual cores, but just basing this off how cores evolved with desktops. When quad cores came out and for awhile after that, about a year or two, if you built a gaming PC there was no need to go quad core. The dual cores performed equally as well. Now if you needed multi-tasking the quad core could help you out, and on the video conversion side, for example, quads did offer some advantage, but not to the extent they would later on. In todays PC world, windows, apps and game in general are almost always built to optimize quad cores to there max and quads are getting more efficient as well.
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    Quad-Core in Q3.
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    From what I've been able to gather, the android os already supports dual core, its the apps that need to catch up.
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    i read the htc sensation is only coming to tmobile in june
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    Frankly right now. On my radar isn't dual vs single core. On my radar is LTE vs CDMA vs HSPA+

    LTE is coming along for verizon much faster than most people than they are letting out. Officially, they have made mention of few problems in infrastructure development. ATT as it sounds abandoning HSPA and looking to implement their own LTE infrastructure. Which I hope will be similar to VZW's as this would create a true carrier battle and more evenly distribute the load on the data usage and eventually lead back to lower costs for the consumer.
    Dual core will be nice to have as it may speed up over processing and allow for less buffer time on download.
    I'm on a DX, it's no sloth.. but I'm waiting for the second generation LTE handsets.
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