Saturday, 23 July 2011

Gaming on DIfferent Phones

Today I'll be discussing the gaming capabilities and differences of mobile devices.

The obvious comparison is between iphone and android, but with each side, especially android, gaining an increasing number of models it is no longer a simple comparison.

On the iphone side there are 4 phones, the original iphone, iphone 3G, iphone 3GS and the most recent iphone 4. The difference between the first 3 iphones specs is negligible, infact the original iphones processor was underclocked (set to run slower) and by jailbreaking it was possible to revert it at the expense of battery life. The iphone 4 is substantially more powerful than previous models sporting a 1 ghz processor.



Androids phones have models on every market level. The gaming capability of android phones is directly related to their price point and even phones designed specifically with gaming in mind, such as the Sony Ericsson  Xperia Play, aren't necessarily more capable of running games. Because of the diversity of android phones there are many high end phones with remarkable specs. The recently released Galaxys S 2 utilizes a dual core 1.2 ghz processor making it far more powerful than the iphone 4.



The gaming capabilities of a phone however, are not determined only by their power. The standardization of iphones allow developers to optimize the game for that device, because of the large number of android devices it is no cost effective for a developer to optimize the game for only one android phone.

Deciding between standardization and customization is a tough choice, and can only be made by the user. Over time we may start to see developers offer android device specific optimized games, as some phones rise to popularity, but for now it is a case of power vs precision.

13 comments:

  1. Through jailbreaking you can over clock the iDevices? I didk't know that.

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  2. I like the classic ipod the best. plus, its so easy to jailbreak and get everything free

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  3. The psp phone looks so cool I would perfer that than an Iphone.

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  4. AMD has a new APU processor & GPU combo that may work it's way to phones sometime soon, and the benefit will be great.

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  5. good post man... I am also interested in the psp phone.

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  6. I hate to say this, because i dislike the iPhone a lot. But i would probably buy an iPhone if i wanted to game. I fear the Xperia is just N-Gage 2.0.

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  7. Great and insightful post man, I can't wait to see what the psp will be able to do in the future!

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  8. My android is great for games. And the games keep getting better and better.

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  9. I got an htc dream and its quite slow at 3d games :(

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  10. nice post dude, keep it up!

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  11. gotta get me one of those O: +follow

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  12. I hate all i everything. I will never buy anything from apple. Bloody ripoff!

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