Smartphones today, especially the more premium flagships, offer users oodles of RAM to compliment blazing-fast chipsets. Not so long ago, 1GB – 2GB of RAM was considered decent enough for a phone. We now have devices that can easily cross 6GB of RAM. Some even go as high as 16GB or 18GB of memory. But do you really need all that RAM in a phone? What’s the number that satisfies you? We asked and here’s what you had to say.
Clearly, our poll about the best maximum RAM size on a phone was very popular with our readers. Almost 40,000 people voted in our survey, and two RAM options emerged most popular with our readers.
Most of you (32%) feel that 8GB of RAM is what you’re happy with on a phone. A close 25.9% of the respondents are also okay with having 6GB of RAM on their phones. 15% said that 4GB RAM is satisfactory, while almost 10% said that they need 16GB or more RAM on their devices.
The results aren’t all that surprising. 8GB RAM has become commonplace not just in flagships but also in mid-range phones. In fact, most Snapdragon 888 flagships offer 8GB of RAM on their base variants. No wonder it was the most picked option in our poll.
Resuna: Any company shipping an Android device with less than 4GB of RAM is a monster, and anyone using flash for swap in normal use to cover for a shortage of RAM is living in sin. That last bit goes for you too, Apple, on your new ARM-based Macs.
Evie: I think 6GB is the sweet spot for the average person. Probably 4 is serviceable, but no harm having a little extra!
Cryio: I have 12GB RAM and I don’t think I ever managed to push it to more than 9.2GB. For most people, 6GB is more than enough.
Stanley Kubrick: My first desktop PC from Packard Bell had a whopping 4 MB of RAM…that’s 4 megabytes, not gigabytes. It cost me $400.00 to upgrade it to 8 megabytes! The wife was not happy! Boy, those were the days. 6 GB is plenty for the vast majority of people. How many apps do you need to remain open all the time? More RAM = more battery drain to keep all those gigabytes alive!
Wongwatt: I’ve been a tech user for decades so I tend to shut down stuff I’m not using, unlike the young’uns. I picked 8GB though because I think that’s the right amount for no worries smartphone use.
Jim: The truth is the average person uses around 4GB ram, So 6-8GB ram is actually plenty and anything beyond that is overkill. People try to rationalize that by saying they are future-proofing. However, seeing as though smartphones have been around since 1992 (Simon Communicator) and in those almost 30 years, the actual need hasn’t gone much beyond 4GB. That being said, I sincerely doubt that the average individual is going to hold on to a phone for almost another 30 years to be able to use those extra GBs of RAM.
Aashish: One of my android phones has 4GB ram but a fast processor. Doesn’t ever feel slow to me.
Мартин Рачев: My Note 10+ has 12GB RAM and it rarely uses more than 8.5GB. The storage thing is that I want my apps to stay open, I have enough free ram, but the phone refuses to go over 8.5GB ram and closing my apps. I don’t know how exactly the tech works, but it seems like ram is not enough to keep all apps open. For me, phones with less than 8GB in 2021 is a compromise, 6 is usable, 4 or less is a pure nightmare.
Ron Cosby: 6GB is now the bare minimum for Android now, but I recommend 8GB or more. To run smoothly and quickly 6GB is the bare minimum, even for budget phones. Any less and I will guarantee it will become an issue at some point in time. Any high-end phone worth its salt should at least carry 8GB. At least that’s been my experience for Android.
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