All smartphones come with a certain amount of memory and this is one of the key points you should consider when you buy a new phone. There are two types of memory: RAM (immediate) and the ROM (internal). RAM usually has a smaller capacity and helps the processor to have all the information it needs quickly in order to run. ROM, or internal memory, is more like long-term memory and this is where the entire operating system can be installed as well as apps and files. Let’s take a more in depth look at these!
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What is RAM?
To understand what RAM is, you need to know what it stands for: Random Access Memory. it’s called this becauseit can be read and written at any point without needing to wait in a queue of processes. This speeds up the search for information considerably since, unlike ROM or microSD, the physical location in which data is stored can be easily accessed.
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RAM and ROM are one of the first things I look at when buying a new phone
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RAM memory features
RAM is where everything a device needs to run is loaded, that is, the operating system, the applications in use and the ones running in the background. RAM is where the processor receives the required information directly. Therefore, the RAM and the processor are contained in a single (indivisible) module that is soldered directly to the motherboard.
In the image below, you can see a Nexus 5X motherboard. This device has 2 GB of RAM and the processor marked in red, as well as the internal memory, in orange:
Motherboard of a Nexus 5X / © ifixit
The more RAM you have on a smartphone, the