Last Updated: September 3rd, 2011

This is the newest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Did You Do Your Taxes Using Your Android Phone This Year?

After last week's boring exciting poll, I decided that we should take a turn back into something a bit more mainstream for this weekend's topic (and, you know, that I shouldn't let Artem take the reins again... seriously, taxes?) So here we go: quite simply, will the number of cores factor into which phone you purchase next? If so, how big of a role?

As always, take the poll below, and feel free to voice your opinion via the comments!

How Significantly Will The Number Of Cores Factor Into Your Next Phone Purchase?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • aj

    For instance, I'm upgrading to the Nexus S 4G instead of the Evo 3D. Having a stock android experience is more important to me than having a dual core processor.

    • rface

      I agree. Having only owned a Nexus One, I tried the HTC Thunderbolt. It was pretty good, but it just didn't feel like an Android phone. The customizations felt like they got in the way more than anything. I'm trying out the Nexus S now, and, despite a few drawbacks, it feels much better than any of the other Androids I've looked at recently. As for dual core, it's still pretty unnecessary in a phone. The Thunderbolt and Nexus S prove that a phone can easily be plenty fast and smooth without multiple cores.

    • Adrian

      why not just get CM 7?

  • Álmos

    My next phone will probably the next Nexus device (or any other official devphone).

  • http://androidexpress.wordpress.com/ Nate Kimmey

    Personally, I have to have a dual core device, but I can understand forgoing it in favor of other features.

  • Double

    Current requirements:
    1. Dualcore or higher
    2. Gingerbread or higher
    3. amoled
    4. NFC
    5. AOSP
    6. Not a samsung (already had 2)

    Galaxy S 2 comes closest (Damn you Samsung, stop having these great specs). Nexus S 2 would be perfect.

    But seriously, not having a dualcore is stupid if you want a future proof phone that is good for at least a year.

    • rface

      Single core phones will be relevant for quite some time still. The only thing dual cores have so far proven to be better for is high end gaming. Multicores will undoubtedly eventually dominate, but single cores will compete for far more than a year from now (just look at the Thunderbolt).

    • max

      Yeah i know S II is fucking incredible!!!

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I've picked Important because I'd still get the Thunderbolt over the EVO 3D (if it worked properly and didn't have the 4G/3G/1x/nodata problem). But otherwise, there's no reason not to enjoy the dual-cores.

  • Matt

    Supposedly the Tegra 3's are coming at the end of of this year. I'm waiting until the next Ice Cream to get a new phone

  • http://www.extremeshowoff.com Sener

    I would really like to get Evo 3D for the dual core so i can keep the phone longer, but my Evo 4G is working great, so i feel no need to upgrade yet. I think i can wait aother year.

  • MicroNix

    I think dual core will be more essential to those of us with the older Android phones. Even the D1 is sluggish with animations and scrolling just enough that it has become a pet peeve. My wish list is:

    1) DC proc
    2) Gingerbread
    3) qHD display
    5) Front camera
    6) 512mb ram or better
    8) NFC

    Yeah, this may be a wait but it would be worth the wait.

  • Asphyx

    The importance of Multi core will largely depend on how successful Google is with Ice Cream (2.4) which is supposed to create compatability with Tab apps that now require Dual Core.

    If they are successful then it may not be so important to have those dual cores with their battery sucking potential in a phone format.

    I will probably stick with this phone for two years and by then I am hoping the Pad market has progressed enough that they start adding the phone to them and reduce my need to carry two devices altogether.

  • Mikevo

    Owning an Evo now the only phone I'll upgrade to a 3rd gen Nexus w/duel core or more. I Love my Evo but still hate the battery life and a duel core will improve that.

    • Eric

      I'm not sure how a dual core improves battery life, but in regards I have an Evo running CM7 and using a 3500mAh battery and not bothered by battery issues. Hope this helps.

      • Asphyx

        It won't it will just drain the battery at least 1.5 times faster.
        I don't know what he was thinking.

  • Chris

    Going dual-core since single-cores can't run 720p MKVs quickly enough. I tried running a number of them on my Nexus One, admittedly not the most up-to-date phone (but still a 1-GHz proc), but it chugged horribly trying to play it. And even if the newer single-cores can do it, the dual-cores will have more headroom for expansion.

    • Chris

      I agree, I want more processor for video playback. MKVs just won't play on my DX. And I would like to see more memory, at least 1GB of RAM would be nice. Yea, I run to much stuff on my phone. I think I will hold out for the next Nexus that has a dual core myself. I'm tired of the bloatware.

      • http://androidized.com Lucian Armasu

        There's no reason why Nexus 3 won't be able to have a quad core Tegra 3, since Nvidia announced phone will have it by winter holidays, and that's when Nexus 3 is supposed to arrive too, but I have a terrible feeling Google will once again disappoint and use what will be by then a one year old technology - only a dual core.

  • btod

    future android versions will need an increasing amount of base tech to work properly (thats the reason why current htc phones can't run sense 3.0). a dual core phone will allow it to keep up with future software upgrades without skimping on performance. Plus you get the peace of mind of knowing that any game or app you install will run smoothly.

    • Mesmorino

      Don't get ahead of yourself, current htc phones CAN run Sense 3.0, as seen here: http://goo.gl/KYoAm

      And why exactly will future android versions require an increasing amount of base tech to work properly? What are they putting in these versions, geosynchronous orbit calculations?

      Not to mention, if you always need "better" hardware for your programs to work, that's either poor hardware design or poor programming. I have a Desire HD, which was released last October or thereabouts, and several clones have been released since then. Am I to understand that in that time period, the hardware on my phone has been optimised to its limits? that they've squeezed every bit of juice from it? Please. Even the HD2 is STILL kicking ass and taking names

      And what happens when a dual core phone is released, and 3 months later everyone starts crying about how we need triple core phones? what then?

  • alan

    I'm currently running a galaxy s and I honestly don't see how dual core is needed just yet. However if I'm in the position for a new phone now, dual core is a must for future proofing, but those already got a 1 ghz single core phone, I think better to wait till dual core with ice cream sandwich is out, as that will combine gingerbread and honeycomb and will have better dual core support

  • L boogie

    Got into the smartphone universe with my htc incredible and the fact its currently running cm7 stable has me made wonder whether I should wait till ice cream has been put thru its paces before I invest in a dual core, lte phone. On the other hand, the batch of upcoming phones such as the galaxy s 2 and targa equipped with gingerbread has me thinking

  • Steve

    Multi-core is of less interest to me than battery life. My current 800Mhz Desire Z is fast enough for me, but can still destroy the battery. The idea of having two CPU cores sucking the life out of the battery is slightly concerning.

    More RAM and a bigger battery would probably get my attention more.

  • http://nxsecure.org Michell4you

    Its Useless to have Dualcore..on a phone
    As gaming on a 3.5'' = painfull
    just like 3d..
    give me a phone with :
    *Battery's that recharge with movement
    *transparent solar panel to recharge Wysips
    *Upgradable RAM or/and Diskspace
    *Music that sound like in the studio
    *Bluetooth with more range
    *auto skype use when WIFI connected

  • http://nxsecure.org Michell4you

    This would also be nice..
    *Walkie Talkie support using wifi/router
    *multi user support (esp on tablads
    *ROM upgrades for 5years
    *spelling controle
    *Market with Payment using Paypal
    *Data roaming charges /set to a max-amount
    *mountable usb cam
    *Rom upgrade's without losing data/apps
    *Market for all android devices
    *headphone volume controle using bluetooth or wire

  • Troculus

    Multi core processor are only really useful right now in high end gaming, and if High end gaming is your goal is probably for the best to wait for the NGP release.

    Right now the OS is not really optimized for multi-core so doesn't deliver many advantages.

    Living on a country where subsidized phones are almost illegal for me a reasonable price consistent user experience and speedy updates are far more important.

  • Edd

    It's only because I know it's out there that I need to have it in my next phone.

    It's partly because of how well my HD2 has lasted, so I consider it the best of single-cores in most senses, and therefore I am happy to stick with it until the perfect dual-core equivalent comes out. Then I'll switch.

  • blah

    Umm to all those saying multi cores suck more power down, should do some more research. I can easily pull 20-25 hours on a single charge with a Atrix. Running 2 cores at 50% can achieve the same if you were running a single core at 100%. BUT, it takes less juice to run 2 cores at 50% than a single core at 100%. This is a major reason why dual cores are more efficient.

    • http://wsinetspecialists.com VegasWill

      Well said Blah.

    • chris

      Too right! Hence why they haven't bothered making mobile cores that operate at 3.2GHz as (cooling aside) it would take far more power to operate than a dual or quad core. Although, I think when you start taking advantage of the extra power, ie apps, games it will drain the power quicker than current SC's.

    • Asphyx

      Your correct Blah but only if the software being run takes advantage of that dual core to spread the love around.

      Programs that are not dual core aware will run up the power on a single core while still powering the second despite the fact it is doing nothing.

      You don't get the power advantage of muti proc unless the software actually allows the two procs to split the work at half the power consumption.

      And as the multi core exolution has showed in most cases when procs double so does the amount of work the software tries to do meaning any gain by reduced clock due to split core is lost because the software just does more and doesn't allow that speed saving by the split.

      You theory assumes that the dual core will run the same software that we run now and you would be correct, software we run now might save some battery power under a dual core system.

      But we won't be running the same software we have now once dual core is the norm. And we will be right back to battery sucking only twice as fast as we do currently.

      • masterpfa

        Dual cores and software designed for them, would I imagine only use both cores when desired so would be "on demand" so if for example running a game and a few other apps the resources could be shared among both cores.

        Any software designed to max out a processor would be a badly designed program and I doubt would be released.

        Power management would be a feature for the future

    • Green2u

      Thanks blah for sharing your hands-on experience; everyone else on here is just guessing as none of them appear to own a dual-core smartphone like you. Atrix is still on my shortlist should it come to Sprint as rumored mainly because of its battery life.

  • masterpfa

    Having read all the reviews for the HTC Thunderbolt, here a manufacturer has proved it's the sum of all parts that ultimately make the difference.

    I too want a Dual core but I wouldn't discount a well designed, feature rich single core, imagine if there is a 1.5Ghz single core? I would definitely have a look or a UK version of the Thunderbolt