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4.1.2 vs 4.3 Stock Rom

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By Captain Sweatpants, Senior Member on 7th April 2014, 01:09 AM
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So after waiting for 4.3 there seems to be a lot of bugs. What are peoples opinions is 4.3 actually better than 4.1.2 what advantages does it have and what are the downsides the the upgrade. There are a lot of threads discussing the bugs of 4.3 but none that I can see comparing the two. How does it compare. Has anyone done a before and after benchmark test on the upgrade. And how do they compare for real daily use. Just to be clear I'm talking about stock ROM with the stock kernel.

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7th April 2014, 07:56 AM |#2  
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With regards to what changes have happened, you can refer to this thread:

But then, here are my observations:

[4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254] ~21K

[4.3][12.1.A.0.266] ~23K

[4.3][12.1.A.1.201] ~23.5K (Attached Screenshot)

Camera Image Processing:
[4.3][12.1.A.1.201] [4.3] >= [12.1.A.0.266] > [4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254]

WiFi Range:
[4.3][12.1.A.1.201] [4.3] = [12.1.A.0.266] > [4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254]

RAM Management:
[4.3][12.1.A.1.201] [4.3] >= [12.1.A.0.266] >= [4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254]

Illumination Bar:
[4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254] = Working

[4.3][12.1.A.0.266] = Broken

[4.3][12.1.A.1.201] = Fixed

Real User Experience:

[4.3][12.1.A.1.201] >= [4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254] >= [4.3][12.1.A.0.266]

Battery life
[4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254] > [4.3][12.1.A.1.201] >= [4.3][12.1.A.0.266]

I really despised how I couldn't play Real Racing 3 on Extra High settings on my Xperia SP [4.1.2][12.0.A.2.254]. It was really laggy and force closed a lot while my Xperia V [4.1.2][9.1.A.1.145] could run it without a sweat (it drains the battery @ 1%/minute of game play though) considering the fact that Xperia V scores ~17K on AnTuTu. Besides that, I couldn't even multitask without the LMK killing Walkman and other essential apps in the background.

After upgrading my Xperia SP [4.3][12.1.A.0.266], I was really pleased at how improved stock RAM Management became although there are still some bugs left to squash such as the Illumination Bar working only with volumes <40% on Walkman as well as some visual bugs and the occasional freeze when installing apps. Playing Real Racing 3 has become a breeze even at Extra High settings, just don't turn on the WiFi lol. Multitasking improved as I could enjoy playing some music in Walkman and browsing the web using Google Chrome. RAM Management could be better though.

Recently, I upgraded my Xperia SP [4.3][12.1.A.1.201], I could say that RAM Management has become a bit better as Sony seemed to reduce the number of background apps. Playing Real Racing 3 on Extra High settings is . Never encountered any force closes so far. Illumination Bar bug has been patched as well. But then, RAM Management could be better without having to limit background apps. I currently have 64 apps installed.
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