How much of a difference in 2GB RAM vs 1GB?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by applesoundgear, Feb 20, 2016.

  1. applesoundgear macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    I desperately want to buy the iPhone 5se. I have very small hands and love the size of my 5s. I've tried using friends' iPhone 6 phones and I'm just not a fan. A lot of people make the argument that you get used to the larger screen, but I like what I like.

    My question is whether the additional GB of RAM in the 6s makes that much of a difference. I've seen reviews where people comment on how much snappier the phone is, but is it so significant that 1GB feels clunky? It's looking more and more like the 5se will have 1GB of RAM with the A9 chip. I'm crazy with excitement for it... but I'm worried that I'm shortchanging myself- on speed ONLY. I don't care about the better camera, resolution, etc. with the larger form factor.
  2. bking10 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2014
    I'm not sure it's an issue right now. But it will become one in the future. it will limit the features you get access to on newer versions of iOS. For example, the iPad Air has become almost unusable for me because of its ram limitations. But i dont think it has as much an impact on the phone since u wont be trying to do as many tasks on he device.
  3. jasie02 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2014
    Depend on how much multi-tasking apps is "running" not just open, and how often you open lots of different website with heavy graphic in browser.
    If you do both 1G to 2G are huge different.

    Not one day I could not wait for 7+ to release fast enough to replace my 6+, and 2gb+ memory is on top of my reason for replacement. Not interested in 6s+ due to added thickness and added weight. 6+ is plenty thick and plenty heavy enough for me already.
  4. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Biggest difference that I noticed was when going back to a webpage in Safari. Pages don't reload as often with the extra gig.
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Assuming the se rumours are true it sounds like you would be better off waiting. Every time you interact with the phone the size becomes an issue vs the times Safari decides to reload a page.
  6. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Not much of a difference with iPhones, but more so with the iPad.
  7. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    This. I kind of hate this. I have a folder full of bookmarks and sometimes it will be several days since I last opened one. When I do reopen a bookmark, I have to press the refresh button or else it gives me the page from several days ago.
  8. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    RAM makes a huge difference. The safari reloading was very annoying
  9. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    Tbh I use an iPhone 6 Plus and have used an iPhone 6s Plus and didn't personally notice the difference.

    I did have intermittent page reloading on my iPhone 6 Plus, but since installing a content blocker there is none.

    I use Purify & Crystal but not together.

    Since then page reloading for me has gone.
  10. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Do you prefer purify it crystal better?
    Do these block ads in Facebook or other apps from loading besides safari?
  12. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    If we're talking about the rumored 4 inch phone, 1 GB RAM plus with the A9 chip will be perfectly fine.

    The iPhone 6 has 1GB of RAM with an 17 month old chip and it's still pretty snappy.
  13. highlystrange macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2015
    ÜT: 42.710806,-71.447929
    Huge difference. I recommend comparing the two phones in person before buying. I've got the 6S+ and I notice the speed all the time, but especially with fingerprint recognition. I liked the 6 but I don't think I could use it now that I'm used to the speed of the 6S+.
  14. BenTrovato, Feb 21, 2016
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016

    BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    Last year, probably wouldn't have made much of a difference but going forward with a new iOS release due in 6 months, I would go for 2gb. Like someone else said, right now - I notice a much bigger improvement with 2gb of ram on the iPad than I do on the iPhone.
  15. geta macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2010
    The Moon
    As long as you’re not a power user, you won’t feel the difference.

    That been said, i would like my next iPhone to have 2GB RAM for future prove.
  16. applesoundgear thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    This is so tough. I REALLY don't like the size of the 6. I'll see how the phone performs with 1GB and an A9 chip. I suppose I'll just go to the Apple Store instead of pre-ordering the phone online.
  17. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    The new gpu alone will tap into more ram and it will feel more crippled than the A8 with 1gb of ram.
  18. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007

    I usually have Purify activated. This one seems to update more frequently and has more features.

    I do not use Facebook through my browser for use the Facebook App.

    I prefer to use the Paper App which I downloaded from the United States iTunes. (I'm in the Uk)

    Just looked on Facebook through Safari and it seems ads are there.
  19. geta macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2010
    The Moon
    No one knows if the new 4" iPhone will come with A9\1GB RAM or A9\2GB RAM... time will tell...
  20. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    It really depends on your usage. I have an iPhone 6 which has an A8 processor and 1GB of RAM, and an iPad Mini 4 with an A8 and 2GB of RAM. I notice no performance difference between them, other than the fact that the Mini can perform split screen multitasking, which I seldom use anyway.
  21. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    This is true, at least for my iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, and iPad Air 2. My iPhone 5s seems to manage just fine with 1GB of RAM on iOS 9.2.1. I never really have an issue with apps or Safari tabs reloading. My iPad mini 2, on the other hand, constantly reloads apps and tabs in the background. It's very frustrating sometimes. My iPad Air 2 rarely does, but there has to be plenty of apps running in the background before it happens.

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