As with PCs, making the best use of a portable device requires understanding what the overall system can — and can’t! — do.
Performance being an important aspect of using mobile devices, a free, cross-platform benchmarking tool can give some indication of what to expect from smartphones and tablets.
The hardware limitations of phones, tablets
Writing from the Netherlands, reader Marc Leijendekker seeks help with slow starts, crashes, and other issues with his portable devices.
- “Fred, your suggestions have saved me when disaster struck my PCs (why doesn’t everybody use disk images?) and have helped me keep my computer healthy.
“It would be wonderful if you could apply the same approach to mobile phones. I noticed you have an Android phone (which I have, too) and Android tablets — which I plan to use.
“Currently, my phone is having problems — very slow starts, occasional restarts on its own, etc. I’ve done some reading on the subject, but I’m confused by all the (often contradictory) remarks about rooting. Is there a Langa-way of keeping your Android phone healthy?”
It’s a great time to raise this topic, Marc. Like me, many Windows users depend on Android devices as their secondary computing platform. It’s a growing trend; as noted in a TechCrunch story, IDC reported that three of every four smartphones shipped in Q3 2012 had the Android OS installed. That’s why you’re seeing more Android coverage in the LangaList Plus column — and there’s more to come.