Does RAM matter? Here’s the top RAM-packed Android smartphones

As device functionality develops and you begin using your smartphone for more resource intensive tasks, the age old question is beginning to rear its head as to if RAM in your smartphone really affects performance that much, and should it play a part in your purchasing decision.

That’s why we’ve listed the RAM installed in the latest Android smartphones to give you an idea of the most common RAM capacity on this years flagships.

Whilst the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is out in front with 3GB of RAM, clearly the market is currently opting for installing 2GB of RAM into most of the flagship devices. So does a smartphone really need more than 2GB of RAM.

RAM, or Random Access Memory, is a place where data is held temporarily to present to the CPU and is constantly reading and writing to memory blocks at extremely fast rates. Resources running in RAM can be called at a far quicker rate than just from your internal or external storage. Running apps use RAM to performs their tasks so theoretically the more RAM you have the more apps you can have open right? Well, kind of. Android is a lot better at managing applications and allocated memory than it used to be but in the same breath applications are becoming significantly more resource hungry.

So despite only a few devices having 3GB of RAM, the smartphone market have opted for 2GB of RAM as the optimal memory to have installed in a smartphone given the current architecture in devices. Couple this with how well Android manages available memory and 2GB is more than sufficient for current resource requirements – go ahead and check out how much RAM memory your device has available.

Whilst 2GB of RAM is sufficient now, the whole story will be different when 64-bit Android is officially rolled out. So back to the original question of if RAM matters in your purchasing decision? The answer is to an extend; it’s not so much of a case of the maximum amount of RAM matters, but more of a case of the minimum, and you should be thinking very carefully before purchasing a device with anything less than 1GB of RAM in 2014.

  • Andrew White

    The app ‘Master Clean’ informs me in percentage terms of the current load state of the ram. More often than not it is up around 80%.
    Often there are as many as 15 apps running in the background with just one or two that I have initiated on screen.
    My device has 2GB of ram and it visibly slows when this high percentage is reached.
    My next smartphone will have 3GB (the LG G3), but I am looking toward next years 64bit and 4GB+ devices.

  • matt

    I’m almost always above 1.3 GB of ram used especially with Facebook and other apps going from using like 50mb to using 120+

  • shahid

    I need to know, the ram is running when we are not using the apps, y is it so?
    if there is any option to stop the ram which apps is not running.

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