What is the problem with Nokia and RAM? What wizard has bewitched the engineers over there such that they are doomed to eternally not give enough RAM to their smartphones? Okay, they do give some of them adequate RAM, but again and again, Nokia has churned out smartphones that multi-task only in theory.
This unforgivable sin was committed with the N97 – it was/is shocking that a flagship model such as the N97 has only 46MB RAM left running right after boot-up.
The 5800 has 53MB. The 5530 has the same amount. Now, both the 5230 and X6 come with a paltry 50MB. Here is an excerpt from Ewan Spence’s review of the X6 over at All About Symbian:
Which means that I have to wonder why Nokia have let the X6 out of Finland in the state that it’s in – it’s almost unforgivable. The amount of free RAM after booting the phone (less than 45MB, with a full-loaded Music player then grabbing 20MB of this for itself) is even less than on the N97, so applications shut down as others are opened, screen changes and animations are jerky and slow to activate… but that’s not the worst part. The Music Player is buggy, slow and (both Steve and I are pretty sure that) there is a memory leak in this key application for the phone.
Was nobody testing this? Did they never think to try playing music in the background while browsing some photos? Or going online with the web browser at the same time as listening to some Steeleye Span? It’s embarrassing for me to be afraid to run anything else on the X6 while listening to music because it might crash and require a power cycle to get working again.
To think that Nokia has repeated this blunder several times over the years and they are still rolling out smartphones with unbelievably low levels of RAM is just… insane.
It is almost as if no-one tests some of these things in real life situations before they are pushed out.
As far back as May last year, Yomi addressed this in his article, What Nokia Needs to Fix – Right Away!, mentioning both the 5800 and another flagship, the N96. We will not even attempt to begin to gripe about the other issues that were raised in that article. Nokia simply seems unconcerned about the majority of them.
Why is Nokia not able to fix this and other issues with their smartphones once and for all? Can anyone explain? Other manufacturers who produce smartphones on the same Symbian platform actually manage to be consistent in equipping their smartphones with copious amounts of RAM.
Who can help us out with why Nokia is so inconsistent with this?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.