Review: Apple iPhone 5 for AT&T
Replying to: Review was overboard on the ubiquitous design by Rusty Shackleford
I have a build of Tiny Core Linux that runs on 16 MB of RAM at a CPU speed of 100 MHz, and it works great and offers a good set of features for a modern desktop computing platform in such a small space... it will run on 8 MB of RAM and 66 MHz if necessary, albeit sluggishly. If your choice of OS is slender and compact, then you will hardly need to care about specs under the hood... it will not matter, and any extra CPU power or RAM becomes gravy for even more multitasking.
The fact is that our society has acquired an epicurean taste for smartphones. There are two movements afoot... the folks who want to cram most of a laptop into their smartphone (Android), and the folks who just want what works well in the small space plus a few extra epic goodies (iOS). The majority of individuals do not need the power offered by a PC... other than word processing, email and calendar, internet browsing and RSS, and perhaps some media and graphics programs, most folks do not use any other functions of a PC on a daily, or often even a monthly, basis. PC Gaming is sort of huge, but once the games were scaled to operate on RISC architecture, often hosted from the "cloud" thanks to faster Ev-DO/HSPA/LTE data connections, they became quite manageable on a mobile phone.
RISC-based chips power most mobile phones today... and trying to compare that to the same clock rate on an x86 CPU is ridiculous. A 2 GHz dual-core RISC is not even as good as a 2 GHz single core x86, or a 1 GHz dual core x86... 32 bits instead of 64... half the bit rate, half the power, half the cipher strength, and 2^32 = 4,294,967,296 less available unique commands... in a post-PC world, it is, by default, the iPhone that wins - because Apple is not bothering to try to cram a PC-esque experience into a mobile phone, and have instead optimized and refined fundamental functions in graphics, web browsing, and the touch interface. And, in an epicurean environment, aesthetic sells sells SELLS!
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