What's the point of 1ghz and up processors?

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    I can see the point if your gaming a lot on your tablet/phone but why get more than the 800mhz processor in the evo shift or G2 when everything is pretty much instant load. Am I missing something? Its like when ppl get Core i7 desktops for web surfing...

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    While I understand this argument, I've never been a fan of it.

    I feel like, you improve things, because at some point, you may need that extra 200mhz for a certain reason and had you not gotten the improved hardware you wouldn't have the option of doing something different.

    It's like a person who only plays mine-sweeper. Maybe the reason they play mine-sweeper is because their computer can't play more advance games, but if the tech keeps improving and cheapening, that person can buy a more advanced computer and play Crysis.

    If we had followed the argument of "why faster?" we'd still be struggling to post on this forum.
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    My phone is running at 800MHZ
    and is still slow..
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    +1 my phone at 1ghz can rarely play a flash video most of the time the browser closes and if it doesn't I'm in for one annoying slide show
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    Can't be to fast ;)
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    I overclocked my D1 to 900mhz and it runs pretty close to how fast my D2G runs but I do agree that a chip needs to have a dedicated GPU (D2G does) to play video/games.

    I'm just saying that innovation needs to happen more in battery life and UI versus just processor speed. Blackberry's QNX seems to be doing more with less. THey have the same chip as the Android tablets but it looks to be running a lot smoother.
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    Yea I use to run mine at 800mhz till I noticed it took FOREVER to watch a video or anything at all for that matter on the web so now its over clocked at 1.2mhz and runs like a champ and the battery thing I noticed MAYBE an extra hour from 800-1.2 out of a day charge myself
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    Whoa, 1.2 MHz is BLAZING fast! O.O
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    There are 2 reasons to OC. 1. To gain better performance from aging hardware such as the OG Droid. 2. Is...well...because we can! That's half the fun of rooting your phone! That's just my .02
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    You also have to consider the more ram/memory we get, the more widgets we get. I'm all about the widgets.

    Now, although widgets aren't usually a big drain, they do update periodically and occassionally need to use CPU power. At the end of the day, multi-tasking in addition to that can cause your phone to lag at times when it just takes time for the CPU to power thru all the waiting commands. One of the reasons the IPhone runs "so buttery smooth" is you can't really overtax your phone like that. Android is kind of a victim of its own capability there.
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    Speed Speed Speed
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    Again, that video of the Optimum 2X was impressive as all get out.

    Plus, we probably have to consider that mobile web pages will get more graphic intense with time, as well. So we really do need the speed and power even if not doing much more than browsing and e-mail. There may be a practical limit/need we are quickly approaching but 600mhz don't cut it.

    We get to a dual-core 1.5ghz processor and you are talking something that can be the sole/central computing device for a user.
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    technology is being built beyond the specs of necessity because something is always coming along the way that would require more power.

    Remember when dualcore processors first came out. Very expensive and blazing fast to handle any task thrown at it back then. However, dualcore processors are now the standard (even making their way to netbooks) and software today demands stronger computers.

    These smartphones are like computers. Always advancing and are prepared to take on the latest software. Better specs means they're futureproof (to a certain extent) and won't be as outdated as quickly as they should be.
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    Seriously?

    Spend some time reading up on the person who said that 640K is more than anyone would every need. Same concept.

    There's no such thing as too much processing power or storage.
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    this is why I like the atrix. especially for someone like my mom, who does nothing but word processing and web browsing, the atrix would be absolutely perfect for her.
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    Came to say this very thing :)

    Seriously though, think about it logically for a bit:
    1. Improved CPUs will enable better/more complex apps down the line
    2. Everything loads instantly? Really?? A lot of non-gaming apps lag still
    3. If you don't game, doesn't mean others don't. It's a HUGE market as 14-25 year olds are the prime audience for both smartphones and games.
    4. New multi-core CPUs make multitasking very noticeably better. I remember switching from a single-core athlon to a core 2 duo and being blow away by how much adding a core improved the performance vs just increasing the clock speed...
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    It's significant, but I don't know about "huge", maybe 10-15%. Most highschool/college kids can't afford these phones unless mommy and daddy want to shell out $1000 bucks a year for them. That's a lot of beer money for a college kid.

    It's an important segment in the sense that as these people grow up and have more disposable income you hope you've created some brand loyalty. It's not something to be ignored certainly, but a focus on the enterprise market would serve them better.

    PC's have never been "toys", and smartphones are basically becoming computers. Sure, PC's due try to have gaming capability, and there are specialized gaming PC's, but it's never been a primary/main focus for the mass market PC.
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