Arm vs. Atom?

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  1. Greg_E

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    Seeing more than a few main stream Android tabkets with an Atom processor, just wondering if there are real advantages to a dual core Atom (still four threads???) over a quad core Arm based processor. Didva quick search and didn't find any direct threads discussing these options and thought it might be a good topic to discuss.
     
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    Arm is better for android, each is entitled to their own opinion though.

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    For now! ;) When/if Android is truly designed for x86 the new Atom would win hands down over current gen 4 core ARM
     
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    Since I obviously don't know, I'll ask a simple question:

    Why is Arm better? Some of the new Atom processors are supposed to be optimized for Android, but of course this may not be 100% true.

    What this all comes down to is I'm trying to decide on a replacement from my a500, trying to decide if I can get away with a Windows 8, or if I still need a few things that Android offers that I can't get on a win8 device. My free mail provider has an Android app, but not win8, Vudu movie service has and Android app, but not win8. Win 8 has, well, full windows so using office like applications are easier (though with AndrOpen Office out there is one less reason), I can edit RAW image files which is not supported in Android yet, and I could get one with a pressure stylus. Yes looking for the one device to rule them all so Frodo will have to track me down to throw it in a volcano. Still leaning towards a new Android device, want a 10 inch display, and need a good processor that's faster than my Tegra 2 a500. With the Atom in the mix I thought I better find out what if it might have an advantage.
     
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    Atom may be optimized for Android but not the other way around. Android was originally designed for ARM instruction sets. I did see a comparison a week or so ago that had the benchmarks on the side of Atom but it was using synthetic benchmarking meaning is wasn't a one-to-one real life comparison.
     
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    I would have thought that most optimization should take place in the Linux kernel and after that all the Dalvik stuff would be the same, but I do know that getting Android x86 running is not as straight forward as it might seem.
     

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