I downloaded a slew of RAM boosters, including one called Smart RAM Booster that has a Paid PRO version. Let me set the record straight on this one, RAM boosting is no different than going to your Task Killer or Application Monitor (found on Samsung devices) and quitting all your running apps. What you see is an immediate increase in RAM space but that slowly climbs up because certain apps (such as Social Media Apps) will start to demand their space to fetch notifications and updates. In short, it doesn’t really work to your advantage.
RAM boosting is ideal for quick fix RAM demands, such as when you are running an App that requires more space and need a one button “quit all” fix. It does two things.
- Boot out leftover Apps that you have forgotten to close upon quitting but remain in RAM
- Boot out all the notification widgets installed in RAM
RAM boosting unfortunately has limited use and doesn’t quite cut it as a long term app. There are loads of RAM boosters out there that promises immediate clearing of RAM but it never remains so for long.
Your device screen is the main source of battery drain, those high density screens will suck up your battery juice each time you engage your device and there is no other way to avoid it. If you peek into the settings file on ICS devices, you’d see a battery status which will show what you have running that grabs the most power. The Screen and the OS are two that are unavoidable since you need that to run your device, the rest? Oh well. I leave you to decide.
So let’s talk about Deep Sleep Battery Saver. There is both a free version and a paid version. I tested the free version and came to the conclusion that if you are serious about setting up a battery consumption limit, you better opt for the PRO version that allows you to customize the settings to suit your usage style.
The point here is that the free version has little to offer. I did see an improvement in battery life, about 20 percent but this is at the cost of usability. Because it adopts a very aggressive method of dealing with recalcitrant apps (it turns off 3G and WiFi to protect your battery), it will severely hamper all your IM and Social Media Apps.
Apps like Skype and Viber have no way of accessing notifications and they fight to reclaim their bandwidth when your device is turned on at intervals set by Deep Sleep Battery Saver. Your device will lag and takes ages to access even simple stuff like SMS and phone book. I have not tested this on a quad core device, it might work differently but on a dual core device, Deep Sleep puts your device into a coma even at a Gentle setting.
I am not endorsing the PRO version even though I think that having access to a customized experience can make a difference. It might…but I haven’t tried it.
RAM usage and Battery drain are related. The apps need to occupy RAM space to work and when they start working, they tap on your battery for power. I wish you could of course control this from the app itself. Like for example restricting the Facebook app to run at certain intervals instead of being active 24/7.
If you are serious about RAM problems, my only advice to you is to get a device with more RAM instead of relying on RAM boosters which are a waste of time. You could also optimize your RAM by making a habit of using your Task Manager to close all inactive apps.
Battery life is more subjective as it depends on your usage patterns. You cannot use a one size fits all battery monitor to cut battery drain. I have found System Monitor by Pavel Petrov to be quite good but that’s only installed on a Tablet for testing at the moment. The downside of this app is really the UI, a very bad navigation experience. Aside from this, it’s quite ok so far. You can preset the device to close all running background apps at a certain time. Again, such clearing is temporary as these installed apps already have permission to load themselves back into the device memory and keep doing what they have been created to do.