You’re probably wanting to buy a new mobile phone and you look at the different mobile phones on the market.
Usually, the debate is whether to buy an Android or Apple mobile phone but there seems to be something that is pretty common between these two products.
If you look at the spec sheet, most of the newer phones you can find on the market have more than 4GB of RAM. Some mobile phones even reach 6GB of RAM, which is even heftier than the ones currently recommended in modern PCs.
But, what is RAM on a mobile phone and why do these phones have more than 4GB of RAM?
Basically, RAM is known as “Random Access Memory”. In the context of a mobile phone, whenever you fire up an application, all of its data will be stored on the RAM.
So, if you happen to fire up the app, press the home button, and then go back to the app again, the process will become seamless because of the fact that all of the data is now stored in the RAM.
This is the case because RAM is much, much faster than your conventional mobile phone storage medium.
Now that you know what mobile phone RAM is, why do midrange and flagship mobile phones have more than 4GB of RAM now?
Three years ago, if you have 2GB of RAM, it was considered to be the standard for many, many years. But, as time goes by, more and more applications demand a lot more of your phone’s RAM (like Facebook, for example).
If your phone only has below 2GB of RAM, for example, you will find that your phone will be sluggish when you fire up the Facebook application.
That is because Facebook uses a lot of RAM to be able to do its important functions. Even if you use the Facebook Lite, which is a much lighter application than Facebook’s main app, you will still find that your phone’s going to be sluggish if you have less than 2GB of RAM.
Because of this, it would be wise for the mobile phone manufacturers to include more than 4GB of RAM.
Basically, this is to futureproof your mobile phone for many, many years to come. Also, more RAM seems to help Android mobile phones even more.
You see, the Android operating system makes use of the phone’s hardware to increase its performance. And, since a lot of mobile phone companies bake different RAM sizes into their products, it means that the performance of Android mobile phones will be limited on what is installed under the hood.
Also, a lot of applications might not be optimized for use in Android mobile phones. That is why having more than 4GB of RAM will give you plenty of room for these kinds of apps.
So, to answer the question: do you really need a lot of RAM? That depends. Do you want to futureproof yourself and not buy a mobile phone for, say, 2 years’ time? If so, then yes, you need to buy a phone with a lot of RAM.
But, if you’re looking to buy a new mobile phone every year, then RAM doesn’t really matter. So long as you have more than 2GB of RAM, you should be okay.