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Minimum specs to run two games on a mobile phone?

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My 9-year-old son wants a mobile phone for his birthday. It will be mainly used to play two games that he wants to download - Pokemon Go and Minecraft - he also wants to send the odd text (probably no… Read More
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
My 9-year-old son wants a mobile phone for his birthday. It will be mainly used to play two games that he wants to download - Pokemon Go and Minecraft - he also wants to send the odd text (probably no more than 10 a week). The total megabytes for these two games is around 430 mb. Can somebody tell me if a phone with 500 mb is cutting it a bit fine to run these and use a few texts - would a phone of 750 mb be better? Also, can somebody recommend a smart phone that is not going to cost too much money - only hoping to pay out around £5-£7 a month for the data and texts, etc? Thank you.
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2m, 1w agoPosted 2 months, 1 week ago
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#1
You need internets to play pokemon go. Thats why I don't play it, so unless your getting him a mobile contract with lots of data a month I wouldn't.

Just get a tablet
#2
I'm confused by your explanation of usage. Are you saying your son needs 430mb of data usage per week or something as phone storage these days is GB not MB.
If you are referring to data usage then look at Giffgaff, they do 500mb and 250 uk minutes with unlimited texts for £7.50 or 500mb only for £5 or 1gb only for £7.50
#3
I think you're confusing data allowances (which are offered by the networks) with RAM and storage (which are entirely handset dependent).

RAM is the amount of memory in a phone that allows it to multitask (run several apps at once). Pokemon Go for Android needs at least 2GB of RAM. You can get Android phones with 512MB and 1GB of RAM but this is simply insufficient to run Android smoothly these days.

Storage is measured in GB. Most decent budget Android phones come with 16GB, and a microSD card slot for expansion. Ideally, look for an Android phone with 32GB of storage. That said, 16GB should be enough for a 9 year old.

Data allowances are measured in MB and GB, and typically reset each month. Very low users who only browse a few web pages a day will usually be happy with a plan that offers 500MB each month. However if your son wants to play the games you've already mentioned, this allowance won't cut it, and I highly recommend getting a plan with an allowance of 2GB+ each month. The reason for this is because such games require a decent data allowance.

Remember, when the phone is connected to WiFi; downloads, videos, websites etc won't come out of any data allowances offered by the network. Say for example he downloads the games through your home WiFi onto the phone, no mobile network data will be used. This frees up his mobile data allowance so that he can use it while out and about.

Edited By: preecey on Feb 13, 2017 18:37
#4
preecey is on the right lines there.....

My son loves both those games, but if he plays minecraft its at home on wifi and so doesnt need a phone contract for him to play. he plays it on a tablet as its impossible to play on a small phone in his opinion.

For pokemon go he uses a Nexus 5 phone with an O2 £5 sim (30 day notice). I've capped the data so he cant go over but in theory he could spend more if he used calls \ texts. If you want to cap the costs completley then have a look at tesco mobile. They use O2 network and the price is a bit higher but you have the reassurance he can run around playing as much as he likes without racking up a huge bill.

You may find a phone with a big screen mobile you can play both , on the other hand you might want to go with a larger screen tablet on wifi for Minecraft and a smaller android phone with a cheap sim for Pokemon go.
#5
You need 500mb to send texts.
#6
MIDURIX
You need 500mb to send texts.

500mb of what though? data or memory in the phone?
#7
jdpwest
MIDURIX
You need 500mb to send texts.
500mb of what though? data or memory in the phone?
A bit of both, I'm not picky.
#8
preecey
I think you're confusing data allowances (which are offered by the networks) with RAM and storage (which are entirely handset dependent).

RAM is the amount of memory in a phone that allows it to multitask (run several apps at once). Pokemon Go for Android needs at least 2GB of RAM. You can get Android phones with 512MB and 1GB of RAM but this is simply insufficient to run Android smoothly these days.

Storage is measured in GB. Most decent budget Android phones come with 16GB, and a microSD card slot for expansion. Ideally, look for an Android phone with 32GB of storage. That said, 16GB should be enough for a 9 year old.

Data allowances are measured in MB and GB, and typically reset each month. Very low users who only browse a few web pages a day will usually be happy with a plan that offers 500MB each month. However if your son wants to play the games you've already mentioned, this allowance won't cut it, and I highly recommend getting a plan with an allowance of 2GB+ each month. The reason for this is because such games require a decent data allowance.

Remember, when the phone is connected to WiFi; downloads, videos, websites etc won't come out of any data allowances offered by the network. Say for example he downloads the games through your home WiFi onto the phone, no mobile network data will be used. This frees up his mobile data allowance so that he can use it while out and about.


it does say it needs 2gb of ram to run but it runs fine on other phones with less ram like 1GB such as a s3 had it on there and not sure but it may work on a 512mb one but yes it will probably struggle these days anyway. something like a s3 or s4 or there equvalinet will prbably be fine. maybe a moto g or something.
#9
MIDURIX
jdpwest
MIDURIX
You need 500mb to send texts.
500mb of what though? data or memory in the phone?
A bit of both, I'm not picky.
this is gold
#10
MIDURIX
jdpwest
MIDURIX
You need 500mb to send texts.
500mb of what though? data or memory in the phone?
A bit of both, I'm not picky.

Ice and a slice?
#11
Android needs ram to run and 2 gig of ram is minimum requirements these days. Internal storage is memory. 32gig is the minimum to look for. Data is over the airwaves and with 4g 1gig is minimum to look for in a contract
#12
wayners
Android needs ram to run and 2 gig of ram is minimum requirements these days. Internal storage is memory. 32gig is the minimum to look for. Data is over the airwaves and with 4g 1gig is minimum to look for in a contract


I disagree 1GB of ram is more than enough and internal storage doesn't matter anymore with android 6.0 as you can use the SD card as storage as well now. You will just overpay for a phone for no reason ;)
#13
wayners
Android needs ram to run and 2 gig of ram is minimum requirements these days. Internal storage is memory. 32gig is the minimum to look for. Data is over the airwaves and with 4g 1gig is minimum to look for in a contract


Everything you just said is complete nonsense. If the OP takes your advice she will probably spend twice as much as she needs to.
#14
wayners
32gig is the minimum to look for.

Complete fallacy, ignore this.
#15
For 10 texts a week you would be using about 11.6 megapixels/month.
#16
8 or 16gig then?My brother phoned and asked if I had a sd card as his new Sony aqua memory was full within the first hour of owning after setup. No adoptable storage either so he's stuck with it for 2 years. It has a 8 gig rom. He says he's looking for a second hand iPhone now. Oh no! I give up.
#17
not sure how much data pokemon go uses but maybe the three data rewards sim will give enough. 200mb per month (assuming he doesnt do anything else like watch any youtube or search the internet) I'm guessing you will need to spend close to £100 to get a phone that can run pokemon go, its a bit crazy such a basic game has such high requirements

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