Pick the modern phone's single killer feature: 4G or dual-core? (poll results)

Pick the modern phone's single killer feature: 4G or dual-core? (poll results)
Just last week, we asked you to pick the modern phone's single killer feature between a dual-core processor and 4G connectivity. The votes are in and there is a clear winner – most of you were ready to trade the several megabits of download capacity on 4G and preferred the unmatched performance of a dual-core chip. Sure, some day in the near future, you'd be able to get both 4G LTE and dual-core in a single device, but for the time being the productivity boost of two cores lured nearly 60% of you, or 456 votes. It seems that a dual-core chip gives most of you a sense of longevity for the phone, a noteworthy feature in a fast-paced environment where producers have narrowed the product cycle to a year, often launching significantly better handsets every six months.

Over 40 %, or 305 of the votes, however, appreciated the fact that 4G speeds are multiple times faster than current 3G technology, and even with a narrower coverage, data caps being introduced all around and the battery hog that 4G is, picked that option. Some of you mentioned that they are ready to jump ship to 4G as their only Internet service once they get coverage in their area and we can see why with the technology reaching average speeds of above 5Mbps. But there's one thing that unites everyone - the poor battery life that all of you are afraid of. That seems to be one of the reasons why we don't see more 4G-enabled phones, so here's to hoping that next-gen devices will not only incorporate the two features, but will also be able to make it... at least through the day.



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The people who picked dual-core processors most likely don't have 4G in their area. Once those people experience 4G they will never go back to 3G. 3G is old tech. A single-core 4G phone will move the web so much faster than a dual-core 3G phone. It's no comparison. This poll would have sided with 4G if everybody polled had 4G available to them. Myself I have the best of both worlds. I have a HTC Evo 3D with Sprint's 4G WiMAX. When I have to go out of town to the mountains, all I have is 3G. It works don't get me wrong, but when you are used to 4G speeds it's like having your teeth pulled. It's so unpleasant! Dual-cores are great, but you really notice the difference when they are processing the web page on the screen when the 4G get’s the information to your phone. It’s insanely fast. With my dual-core phone I load PhoneArena.com 7 to 10 seconds faster than I did with my old single-core 4G phone. It’s a dramatic difference.

5. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i picked dual-core because i can get Wi-Fi at a lot of the places i go to now a days and 4G really consumes battery life. i'd rather just go ahead and take those instances where my 3G speed doesn't keep up with my phone and spare some battery life for other uses (depending on the device of course) and blazing performance in every other aspect of the phone. i definitely know why 4G is nice to have but given the choice between the two i think dual-core prevails.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey what up Thump3rDX17. You as always make a great point. I can see exactly where you come from ESPECIALLY from the battery point of view. Once the battery catches up with the mobile tech 4G will be a feature that people just can't be without. When you have a blazing phone but a slow network it kind of sucks. 4G is a necessity for a truly fast phone. I get 7-10 Mbps through Time Warner Cable. My HTC Evo 3D the other day hit that & also hit 12 Mbps. So right now wireless broadband is faster in some instances & when LTE hits a mature status it will hit 100 Mbps. Also the days you are not near Wi-Fi then you are stuck with 3G & that can't be too much fun. I myself hate when I have to go 3G but it’s nice to know that the age of 3G is coming to an end & LTE will be here to stay. Imagine 100 Mbps on a wireless device. It’s something that I just can’t truly understand until I experience it for myself! That just blows my mind.

8. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

thanks man. (: yeah, i'll definitely be open to 4G LTE once everything works all Hunky Dory with it. i have pretty fast internet with Bright House, i peaked out at 37 Mbps on Speedtest,net but it'll really be exciting when mobile broadband can beat those speeds.

2. Fast HighWay unregistered

Would you rather drive on a highway with a speed limit 100 miles per hour with you also going 100 miles per hour? Or Drive on a highway that can go 100 miles per hour, but you are limited to 50 miles per hour? Sure, you may be in a car with all the bells and whistles ... but when that little Kia zooms by you at 100 miles per hour (with just an AM radio and no A/C and suspension as stiff as nails) ... you are going to want that Kia ;)

3. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

At least for Verizon, all of our 4G LTE phones also sport dual core processors, so the survey is sort of useless. However, there are some battery issues with 4G, and we do have a few 3G smartphones with dual core processors, so if you wanted a dual core processor but live in an area that doesn't have and won't get 4G for another year or two, a 3G dual core might be a good choice.

4. Nuketown unregistered

What Verizon phones are 4G and have dual core processors?

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

we don't have one LTE device with a Dual-Core unless you want to count the XOOM early. it's either one or the other.

9. Corvus unregistered

yeah, not sure what you're talking about Jsk, there's no LTE device with a dual-core processor available yet. The only one that's confirmed to have both and should be available "soon" is the Droid Bionic and it's apparently had a very difficult development cycle.

10. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

yeah and the Honeycomb tablets too.

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