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October 28th 2012 7:39 am

Why do the hardware specs matter?

I have read a lot of reviews and discussions where they are comparing the specs of a device against another. There have been lots of comparisons of late of the iPad, Surface tablet and Nexus 7. Does it really matter what their hardware is when you are comparing devices designed for different operating systems?

The iPad 3rd gen has a dual core processor and only 512 GB of ram and the New surface tablet has a quad core processor with 2 GB of ram and they are both are comparably fast and responsive devices. But based on the specs the surface should be leaving the iPad in the dust but i don’t feel that i does.

Personally i think when comparing devices across the same OS yes, hardware can be a great point of comparison but not when comparing devices of other operating systems. Yes there may be some hardware features like the camera that could matter but for the most part they don’t because the devices being compared usually have similar cameras.

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My simple answer is; yes, it matters what the hardware is when comparing devices with different operating systems. It provides a starting point for a person's comparisons. They shouldn't be the only thing considered when comparing devices but, they definitely provide some context to comparisons. It is difficult to compare devices across operating systems and that is where personal preference comes into the decision.
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Hardware specs do not matter anymore. Now that the base level hardware level an cost allows a 1+ GHz CPU and 2GB of RAM in even the cheapest laptops its meaningless. and you are right the OS matters.
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You are right, different platforms require different amounts of power, and therefore comparing devices of different platforms and judging mainly by the stuff under-the-hood, like the power of the processor and the amount of RAM, is pretty much unacceptable in my book. You can put the Nokia Lumia 900 -- a Windows Phone 7 device with a single-core processor -- and the Samsung Galaxy S III -- an Android 4 device with a quad-core processor -- side-by-side and you will find they are highly comparable in overall speed and fluidity.
When comparing devices of different platforms, you can start judging by the specs when comparing cross-platform apps, specifically cross-platform games. For example, Need for Speed: Most Wanted will perform noticeably better on the HTC One X than it does on the iPhone 4, and the same game will perform better on the iPhone 5 than it does on the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini or the Sony Xperia U.
When comparing different Android devices, you also have to pay attention the UI (most commonly the manufacturer's UI) or ROM, which play a big role in the overall speed of the device. An HTC device with the Sense 4+ UI would usually perform slower than a similarly-specced device running Android 4.2 with no skin at all, like the HTC Droid DNA vs. the LG Nexus 4.
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For consumer electronics (and not only electronics) hardware specs doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is customer satisfaction. People fell in love with their iPads and do not care about GB, GHz and all this cryptic specs. They are not even aware of what the meaning of all this stuff is.

Your "problem" is that you are geek and that's why you are way too much into hardware specs. You know that huge amount of RAM, big number of cores and bla-bla-bal can (potentially) give a lot of benefits. But ordinary customers are very far from all this tech knowledge. If you want to put yourself in their position think about buying something in which you're not a specialist. Let's say cars.

Do you really care about engine's fine details like how mane cylinders does it have, which metal are they made of and are they sleeved or sleeveless? No way. Most of people want their cars to look good, to be efficient (in terms of fuel consumption), easy to handle and safe.

The same with gadgets.
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Dude, did you even read the whole post?
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Yes, i did. What's wrong with my answer?
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