Speed of the Iphone 4 disappointing?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by dizmonk, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. dizmonk macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    I have a question. I'm one of these Verizon people likely to switch over. I went to my local Apple store to test drive the Iphone 4 and was surprised that it seemed slower than I expected. I currently have a Droid Eris and my main complaint with that phone is that it can be REALLY slow.

    For those of you who have it... do you feel it is slow? In general is the Iphone 4 slower or faster than most Droid phones???

    This has me rethinking if I want to wait for Iphone 5....
  2. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    In my personal opinion, the store models seem slower than my actual phone. They usually have more applications open, different settings checked and its just not personalized as much to what you get use to. Another thing slowing it down could be having a lot of application "frozen" in the background. It will make it sluggish.

    I was looking at an iPad model yesterday, it had over 100 apps in the background, it was extremely slow. My iPhone 4 is extremely fast, have never had a problem with it.
  3. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
    I also have the Droid Eris and I've grown to hate its terribly slow response time. I played with an iPhone 4 at Best Buy and I was very impressed with how responsive the OS is when navigating and opening apps. I also have an iPad and that's very responsive as well.
  4. Rooftop voter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 26, 2010
    It could be a few different things. In general, ip4 is pretty fast, and is either on par or faster than friends droids depending. I would wait untill ip5 though if it were me, but to get on to verizon for the unlimited data now may be a toss up.
  5. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    I think the problem is that most Android phones have quick animations. However you can jailbreak your iPhone, and install a tweak called FakeClockUp that will double (or more if you want) the speed of your animations. This makes the phone feel lightning fast. I'll never go back.
  6. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    Honestly, I'd agree that the display models probably have a ton of apps open and that probably does slow/lag them.

    I don't think iOS4 does a good job managing memory on its own and I disagree with Apple that you don't need to worry about what apps you have open. I've found I get a much happier experience with my phone if I manually manage what apps stay open and which ones I quit rather than letting everything run and letting iOS4 quit an app if it needs memory.

    If I leave it alone and just let iOS4 do the memory managing, I find the phone can get laggy (it's not terribly laggy, just enough to be noticeable).

    So, take that as you will, it is a fault of the iphone despite what Steve claims (pair that with a not so good way of manually managing apps yourself cause Steve claims you don't need to it's slightly annoying but honestly, I haven't found it enough for me to really notice, I still love my phone and really don't even complain about that, just some one's comment on here had me thinking, "Yeah, it doesn't manage a lot of apps at once well". Maybe they'll fix either the os memory management or improve the interface for managing apps on your own in iOS5. That would be great).
  7. Apple... macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2010
    The United States
    I agree with some of the earlier posters. Take one for a spin, test it out and return if you don't like it. Simple as that. ;)
  8. dizmonk thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    Here's my other question... With the droid phones you can get an app killer which can automatically close open apps at various intervals. It helps a little with battery life and speed.

    Is there a similar app for the Iphone (I assume there is.) And do you need it?
  9. Nicksd84 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    No... Apple's philosophy on multitasking doesn't let apps run fully in the background therefore no app is ever "running" in the background.
  10. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    The firmware includes that functionality, in a way. With iOS, there aren't that many applications that you can get from the official App Store that will remain running when you minimise them, even if the application remains resident in memory.

    And if Apple have approved an application to run when minimised, you can bet that it meets battery consumption requirements. I've had quite a few applications minimised and never had a battery consumption problem.

    I think you'll find that Apple does pretty well with battery life altogether, honestly. It's not going to be a problem unless you jailbreak it and install a bunch of stuff without really thinking about what's going to be running all the time.

    You might be able to find some particular test or another at which a high powered Android device might seem faster.

    When you have a moment, though, you might want to look up some Youtube video of reviews by reputable personnel who are currently comparing the iPhone 4 to devices like the Galaxy and the new dual core devices built on the Tegra 2 (the LG Optimus 2X will be easy to find because it's about to hit retail stores).


    That is the phonearena.com browser comparison.

    It seems to me that the iPhone 4 compares well to the very latest generation dual core devices and super-GHz devices, and I have to say that in day to day use with my iPhone 4, I do not in any situation notice any time that I'm lacking the power to do what I want (relative to its being a phone, after all).

    And I am a pretty heavy user.

    I only have experience with the GSM iPhone 4 on AT&T, of course.
  11. yourmother macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    No need for an app killer its built in.

    double click the home button to see the apps running and just hold down one of the apps and you can click on the X to close any apps running.
  12. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    Generally, speaking, that's absolutely correct.

    But there are design parameters if people want to meet them. Obviously, the iPod application runs in the background on the iPhone 4, for example. :)

    App Store seems to be able to continue a download and installation in the background. And, technically, Mail, Messages, and Phone are "running in the background."


    I can't think of a third party application except those available on Cydia...and then we can talk about how fast your battery drains!

    There are many Cydia applications with a very good reputation, though. The advanced call managers like iBlacklist and MCleaner run in the background without doing much to the battery life.
  13. fortunecookie macrumors regular


    Dec 3, 2010
    I have an iphone 4 and for everything I do with it I can tell you that its not slow. Its perfectly fast for me. :)
  14. DDustiNN macrumors 68000


    Jan 27, 2011
    I'm not sure what you mean, but I downloaded an app for my iPad called AudioMemos that "runs" in the background. It lets me record audio while doing other tasks. I open the app, start recording, switch to my note-taking app, take notes, switch to my book-reader app, back to the notes, back to AudioMemos... and it records the lecture the entire time. Also it changes the iPad's notification bar to red and lets me know that it's recording.

    And I'm not jailbroken, by the way, if that matters at all.

    So I'm just saying, I guess depending on the app, multitasking works better than you may think.
  15. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    That app isn't running fully in the background, just the recording function. Its a nebulous distinction, but if the whole app were running it would consume more resources.
  16. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Why would you specify that last part before the VZ version even exists yet?
  17. Krevnik macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2003
    That isn't a list of the running apps. That is a list of the most recently used apps.

    A running app must be in the list, and removing it will kill it. But an app in the list isn't guaranteed to be running.
  18. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    Think of an iPhone as a mini computer. Computers, no matter how good their management of RAM is, will always get slowed down overtime. Heck my iMac core i7 with 8GB of RAM can slow down if I have too many things running (like Parallels with Win 7).

    As for the iPhone being "slow" in the store. Like I said, these iphone have probably been running all day with multiple things being open (Mail, iPod, Phone, Text) are always running in the background because they are official Apple apps.

    Just go over to an Android phone in the store. They are slow as heck also.

    It just depends on the last time the phone was rebooted.

    I reboot my iPhone 4 at least 2-3 times a day. But I also reboot my Android Samsung Vibrant 2-3 times a day also.
  19. antman2295 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2010
    I just went to the at&t store the other day, just to try it out, i looked under the multitasking and every app on the device was running (which was over 100) and it was running pretty good with all of them, but when i closed them all the device ran ALOT better and for "some odd reason" the battery didn't drain nearly as fast :rolleyes: The bad thing is in the store you aren't able to download apps but i was able to run a speed test and the first download speed was 1.7mbps and the second was 3.2 mbps so even the data speeds were really fast.
  20. ulbador macrumors 68000


    Feb 11, 2010
    With my IP4, when it gets down around 20 or 30 meg remaining RAM, it gets slower than molasses flowing uphill. Killing a bunch of the "suspended" apps almost immediately makes it better.
  21. elan123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2011
    Simple and effective.
  22. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Same here, I don't have any problems with speed on my iPhone 4 either.
  23. bad03xtreme macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    Northern, VA
    I am still undecided on a 16gb or 32gb model, does the speed noticeably decrease when the memory begins to near capacity? :confused:
  24. Certinfy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2011
    That wouldn't have anything to do with it, it's about the how much RAM is being used by the device.

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