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    Ok, so this subject completely confuses me. I know what it's for, but why is the iPhone's RAM so low? Does it like take up a lot more space in the phone than hard drive memory or whatever? If Apple wanted to, could they add more RAM to the iPhone without making it much bigger?

    Sorry...I hardly know anything about RAM.

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    You can use Free Memory or MemoryStatus(on app store)to free up 20-45 mb of your random memory...

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    The RAM is so low because the iPhone doesn't need that much since it's not running near as many things at once as a full blown computer.

    As for virtual memory, I'm not actually sure how that works on the iPhone, or if it even operates that way.

    I'm sure Apple could find a way to add more RAM, however it wouldn't be truly necessary nor fiscally responsible...
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    I was just wondering...if it doesn't take up more space than regular memory or if they could somehow use some of the hard drive memory, I'd be more than happy to give 300 MB of my 16 gigs for some more RAM. With that, you could have several apps running in the background and you'd rarely have crashes (would never be the cause of little amount of RAM) and the iPhone would be so much better. =]
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    Quote Originally Posted by hR!$ View Post
    I was just wondering...if it doesn't take up more space than regular memory or if they could somehow use some of the hard drive memory, I'd be more than happy to give 300 MB of my 16 gigs for some more RAM. With that, you could have several apps running in the background and you'd rarely have crashes (would never be the cause of little amount of RAM) and the iPhone would be so much better. =]
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    ^I don't believe it works that way; the iPhone has little to no virtual memory, so this would take a lot of work to accomplish.
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    I believe it wouldnt work because the hardware wouldnt support it.

    Its alot more in depth than just saying, ok...now X amount of hard drive space is gonna be allocated to memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    I believe it wouldnt work because the hardware wouldnt support it.

    Its alot more in depth than just saying, ok...now X amount of hard drive space is gonna be allocated to memory.
    I just mean, if Apple can make a device like that with 16GB of hard drive memory, why can't they add a little bit more RAM?
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    ^I agree.

    I've always wondered that about PDA type devices....seems like they never have enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
    ^I agree.

    I've always wondered that about PDA type devices....seems like they never have enough.
    Maybe it's just a battery issue, though. Like, with Free Memory, I can free up enough memory to run Palringo in the background, but then it drained 1/2 my battery on standby one day in about 5 hours. So maybe Apple doesn't add more RAM because it's not needed, but if it had a better battery, you wouldn't need to jailbreak your iPhone to run apps in the background because Apple will let you themselves?
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    Yeah I think its a give and take between physical size, performance and battery life.

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    Well, I can deal with the iPhone being a little bigger. Especially with the shape it's in. The 3G is supposedly thicker than the original iPhone? but when I'm holding my 3G and my dad's old iPhone, mine feels thinner.
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    ^Its a mind trick

    The 3g is slightly thicker than a 2g only in the center, but since it tapers to the edges, actually feels thinner. And its slightly wider than a 2g.

    But yeah, the 3g "feels" much better in your hands.

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