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

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Pick the modern phone's single killer feature: 4G or dual-core?
Can you imagine the perfect world? One where true geeks roam around in solar-powered cars and communicate with their devices only with their thought. Well, maybe yours is slightly different, but there is one thing we have in common – we're not living in it. In the current reality of things, a simple feature combination like an 4G dual-core phone seems extremely hard to achieve. The Motorola DROID BIONIC was on the right track, but plagued with problems it has been pushed and probably completely replaced with a new model.

At the same time, dual-core devices pack some impressive chips, bringing undeniably cream of the crop performance. Look at Samsung Galaxy S II's benchmark results if you don't want to take our word for it. But compare them with a comparatively modest device like the 4G LTE-enabled HTC ThunderBolt, the Samsung DROID Charge or the LG Revolution and you start hesitating. The latter reach whopping download speeds of above 5Mbps on a regular basis.

While in the near future, we expect to see the market flooded with dual-core 4G LTE devices, currently there is not a single one to cater to users who want the best of both worlds, so you have to make a choice. Which single feature would lure you into a purchase? Pick one killer feature and share your arguments in favor of it in the comments below.

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Which feature is more important for you?
4G connectivity – The world is in the web and I need the fastest access. 40.08% (305 votes) (305 votes)
Dual-core processor – 3G works fine for me. Plus, I want to be able to run the latest software on my phone. 59.92% (456 votes) (456 votes)

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posted on 22 Jun 2011, 06:30 5

1. jmbbbb5 (unregistered)

I wonder how many of you that voted for dual-Core use LTE. If you do there is no comparison LTE much more bang then dual-Core if you had to choose.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 15:38 2

23. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

ya, but what if u dont use the internet too often? i dont use the browser much do i think dual core is better in order to have a speedier os..

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 18:50 2

25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

the decision is a little easier for me because i'm at places where i can use Wi-Fi most of the time so the phone's power is really the top priority.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 06:37 4

2. Andman314 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

I have the droid 2 and the HTC ThunderBolt. Now a days is seems like we need the internet to live. I really love the 4G service in Detroit. My 4G phone internet is faster then my home internet. I would rather have LTE before Dual-core.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 14:40

22. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)

Yea my phone works fine but if my internet was faster it would be perfect

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 15:56

24. Chakra (Posts: 135; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)

Wasn't that the point of the article?!?! Just messing with ya.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 06:42

3. Mr. Phantom (unregistered)

I have comcast cable for my home internet and live in an area that doesn't have and isn't slated for 4g this year. But, I went to houston for vacation and experienced the 4g experience and it is amazing. Easily worth me putting down my home internet for. While you are still able to get unlimited data with Verizon I would take any smartphone and take the unlimited 4g. When it does come to my area I will cancel my home internet and tether (for free with root) and save fifty dollars a month over my current home internet. It's a no brainer to carry high end mobile broadband in your pocket. You can always get a new phone, you have two weeks to get unlimited 4g.

Sent from my Thunderbolt.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 09:13

15. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Well even tho I have a data cap on my home internet, and can even potentially get higher download speeds on my phone, tethering isn't even going to be an option for me.For one I d a lot of online gaming, and mobile net ping is way too high for that. Also my house is VERY connected, and I still would want to use my phone while doing other stuff like streaming netflix and so on.
To give you an idea these are the things connected to my router atm: 3 laptops and a desktop, 2 PS3s, home phone service, 3 Roku media players, printer, 4 cell phones plus those of most visitors who come here. So it isn't really ideal for me to consider dropping my home internet, but for those who only have a cell phone and their laptop then it's a better option maybe.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 06:56

4. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I chose 4G.

Its the reason I'm not getting a Droid X2 but waiting on the Bionic. And if the GS2 doesnt have 4G, its a no buy for me.

I would even take the HSPA-whatever speeds on AT&T too.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 06:59

5. wazoo (unregistered)

@Mr. Phantom (unregistered),

How did you experience the 4g experience if your phone does not have it? You pay for it but don't/can't use it in your home area??

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 07:07

6. Mr. Phantom (unregistered)


I was originally told it was coming this year. That appears to not be true. and is it better to hurry up and wait or wait and not have unlimited 4g available to me when it does come?

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 07:15

7. guest (unregistered)

I gave the atrix with att's generic 4g and get speeds of around 3mbs on a regular basis in my area, which is plenty of speed with a dual core on board. All carriers have or will be moving to tiered plans for usage. Verizon revealed their plans yesterday only to reveal that they will be the most expensive of all the carriers. Sprint will hold out the longest trying to keep its edge with "real" unlimited plans. But until the bugs are worked out and 4g us more widespread hspa+ is fine pared with a dual core.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 07:22 1

8. ZachSB (unregistered)

This article just makes me glad I have Sprint. EVO 3D - Dual Core/4G, Photon 4G - Dual Core/4G. Instead of having to choose one of these features, I get to choose which amazing phone to get with BOTH features!

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 07:50 1

9. Nippps (unregistered)

Good luck with finding an area with 4g. Sprint is so slow in their advancement of 4g is almost a joke.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 08:48

11. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Have to agree with Nippps here. I have the EVO 4G, and have a *poor* 4G reception here at my house, so it's very on n off, but if I venture south of here I lose it, go north it gets better so it's an indication of where that ONE tower is here on this side of Ft Lauderdale.
I've had the phone for a year now and Sprint is indeed very slow on improving coverage.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 08:50

12. Phone geek (unregistered)

well even if you dont live in a 4g area (which i do) and you have the dual core processor im still a-ok...i mean isn't that what the article is about. And if you have 4g on top of that as you can see you are very much mistaken Sprint is ahead of the game.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 19:11

26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

that's a good point Phone geek, even if your dual-core phone has bad 4G signal strength it still has the dual-core which is really each in separate packages on Verizon but timing was really a factor here because Verizon just flipped the switch on their LTE network around the same time dual-core phones were becoming the next big thing to have so manufacturers really didn't find out that the technologies wouldn't be compatible at their current stage of development in time to get them out before Sprint which have had their WiMAX network up for much longer so HTC and Motorola really had more time and information to make it all come together pretty promptly but i'd really say Verizon is coming out ahead because they took their time and when they do finally come out of the gate with something nice like the Droid Bionic then they'll be pretty tough to beat and Sprint will have to go back to the drawing board. it's kind of like lapping someone in a race, sure there's a guy in front of you but he's just finishing up his second lap while you're finishing your third so it's no big deal.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 11:23

20. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Ok, Sprint just has more phones with both right now. Other carriers will have em soon too.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 08:19 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

well between dual core and 4G I think dual core would be a better choice, but why only those two features? we could have turned this into a most features users would like on any phone post, I have to say the new screen technologies that allows more battery time are also appreciated, also more innovative ways to charge and keep your phone charged are also good ideas to be considered when getting a new phone.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 08:57

13. paynekiller (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 May 2010)

Given my current choices and limitations, I will confidently say a dual core processor in my next phone would be priority, but 4G is also almost a necessity for me, because Sprint 3G SUCKS and it also drains the battery on my EVO 4G more than anything else.

4G coverage in south Florida for Sprint has been poor, they don't seem to know if they want to go forward with WiMAX or LTe so to me it looks like they aren't setting up any more towers to improve coverage. When I get good reception, it's a lovely thing and get speeds upwards of 8Mbps, compared to if I use 3G and get a maximum of 300kbps on a good day, 60-200 normally.

But I work from home so I'm usually on WiFi and get WiFi access most places I go to also so if I had to choose I'd struggle with the 3G speeds for those rare moments. Also I travel a lot to countries that can't even think of 4G as yet, so what use will it be to me there?

Dual core would be more important for me because at the moment the apps I am running, coupled with HTC Sense seem to be maxing my resources, and a lot of times I exit an app I have to wait on Sense to reload (my phones desktop). So as fast as the EVO used to be, it seems I already need something faster.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 09:04 1

14. corps1089 (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)

IF I had 4G coverage, I would have voted 4G. Since I do not, I had to vote Dual core

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 09:42 2

16. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

Is this a trick question? Ideally a 4G phone would have a dual core processor..
For me 4G is a nice to have, but until it's rolled out everywhere I can't really benefit.

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 10:02

17. GeeksbsmrT (unregistered)

I couldn't agree with you more. For me the next phone purchase will be a Dual/4G. There is no other option. I just can't believe that carriers/mfg's (Verizon/Moto/Samsung) can't get one to market. Sure, I could make the jump to AT&T with their "4G" but we all know how that would turn out. I may be tempted to jump to Sprint for the EVO 3D/Photon but have no idea when WiMax will be rolled to my area. At least Verizon has said end of this year and has half of the city already lit (literally across the closest intersection has "fringe LTE"

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 10:14

18. ChristianQwertyy123 (unregistered)

I have the Samsung focus with att, and I think that the 1ghz processor is fine for me, also the 3g in my area is pretty fast, faster than our home internet (but that's not saying much)(. I use about 1gb of data a month)I think that before they start putting all those cool features on our phone, they should focus on the BATTERY life.1 day isn't cutting it for me, I want a smart phone to last me 2-3 days. Just my opinion

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 10:14

19. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)

4G. I think having 20 Mbps connectivity is better than running apps a little faster.

Unfortunately though, each go through battery like nobody's business...

posted on 22 Jun 2011, 14:27

21. G (unregistered)

It depends on the device. If the 4G device can perform well without dual core, then 4G all the way. But, if the 4G device lags too far behind the dual core device in terms of performance, (not taking internet speeds into consideration upon comparison) then a dual core device might be a better alternative assuming you don't mind slower network speeds.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 13:10

27. URC (unregistered)

I voted dual core. The reason is that 4G is rendered pretty worthless with all of the data caps floating around. I'll bet all of the VZW higher ups get to hold on to their unlimited data.

posted on 23 Jun 2011, 16:05 1

28. Yo (unregistered)

Until 4g is just as widely spread as 3g, I'm going to say dual-core. I can use wi-fi at home which is already blazing. Faster than the 4g I've seen too. Plus 4g being enabled is a battery hog on any phone. Kills the battery WAY too fast.

I'm not that impatient that 3g has become too slow... yet. :)

posted on 24 Jun 2011, 07:13 1

29. krysis (Posts: 76; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)

i'm about to be in a 4g area, but i'm connected to wifi 90%of the time. For longevity of a phone, i'll choose dual core

posted on 27 Aug 2011, 01:57

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