Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Mar 2012 21:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This past week and this weekend I've finally found the time to enter into the colorful world of custom Android ROMs. After figuring out just how insanely great and awesome ClockWorkMod Recovery is, I set about to figure out what the best Ice Cream Sandwich ROM is for the Galaxy SII. While the answer to that question became clear quite quickly, this answer also gave rise to a whole bunch of other questions.
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phoenix
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2005-07-11

Dual core CPUs are coming with the next round of hardware, though so far I haven't seen the need. My single core 800MHz WP7 phone runs circles around a friend's dual core Tegra2 Motorola Photon with Gingerbread. He's desperately awaiting the official ICS release for his phone just to get rid of the bugs and sluggishness.


Heh, you really picked the worst dual-core CPU to compare against. Tegra2 is so horribly memory-bandwidth starved that the GPU is hobbled beyond words. Even Tegra3 is memory-bandwidth starved, hobbling the GPU. Pick a dual-core SoC (even a lowly dual-1 GHz one) from just about anyone else, and you'll see a huge performance increase compared to Tegra2.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Fair enough, I only picked the Photon because I got to use it for the first time yesterday at work. From what I recall though, the HTC Arrive is almost exactly the same hardware as the HTC Evo Shift, and I've also played with one of those. I still feel that WP7 beats Android devices with the same or similar specifications, and gives more recent devices a run for their money.

And the best thing is, it has all this smoothness and speed without sacrificing battery life. That was the biggest draw for me personally, and it's a great feeling to be able to go two to three days without plugging in my charger. That means I'll get a longer overall life on the original battery, and keeps the resale value higher when it is time to upgrade.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Oh, I don't doubt that WP7 is smooth on the hardware it ships with. It's one of the benefits of controlling the hardware specs ... you can optimise the hell out of the software. ;) I've heard great things about the smoothness, fluidity, lag-free-ness, etc of WP7, and that the hardware is nothing special to speak of.

It's just trying to compare it to a crap SoC like Tegra2 is funny. ;) There are several single-core SoCs that beat the dual-core Tegra2 even in Android-land.

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