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    Default Phone memory vs PC memory

    A friend of mine is looking at a new PC and has been quoted for one with 8GB RAM, which I would have thought was adequate for normal use. Her reaction though was "8GB? - my phone has more than that!" I found myself struggling to tell her whether she had a point or was mistaken as to the different memory requirements between phones and PCs.

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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    Most likely getting confused between RAM and SSD on the PC.
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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    Most phones are around 4-8GB RAM.

    Windows 10, 8GB for a general usage is fine, 8GB is W10's "sweet spot". If you had a W10, lets say 8GB memory, i3-i5 CPU, throw in a SSD and it will run very nice.

    Even one of my old Celeron laptop with 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD & W10 with all the "not Needed" things running in the background hums along quite well.

    NOTE: Phones usually have "RAM" as the, well RAM, while the term Memory is used as storage.

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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    They’re confusing storage with processing memory.

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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    Quote Originally Posted by psycik View Post
    They’re confusing storage with processing memory.
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    Yeah, this.

    One is the fast, but volatile 'run time' memory for an app to temporarily occupy. (RAM on a PC)
    The other is non volatile storage space. (HDD on a PC)

    A phone may have a few GB of storage space. A decent computer has typically 500 times more storage space - terabytes vs gigabytes.

    The internal equivalent of RAM in a phone often goes without comment or consideration, and will be tiny compared to a PC.

    If your friend wants a phone with 16GB of RAM, then it'll likely look like a brick, not a phone as we know them.

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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul.Cov View Post
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    If your friend wants a phone with 16GB of RAM, then it'll likely look like a brick, not a phone as we know them.
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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    As people here have said after I thought about it I decided she was probably confusing/unaware of the difference in a phone between actual RAM and storage, either on board or on an SD card. I'll talk to her tomorrow.

    Presumably I can point her somewhere in settings to see what she actually has on the phone.

    Thanks for the responses.
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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    I've had 16gb ram in my PC for the last 2 or 3 years.
    If ram is cheap...why not.
    Quite likely overkill now I have Linux, but WTH.
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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    I've had 16gb ram in my PC for the last 2 or 3 years.
    If ram is cheap...why not.
    Quite likely overkill now I have Linux, but WTH.
    I agree that more is better, but for most purposes 8GB seems enough.
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    Default Re: Phone memory vs PC memory

    We were right - she was confusing the types of storage.

    Thanks again everybody.
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