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| | Memory needed for OS 4.1 vs 4.2?
Thanks, all, for the input and advice!
By following the thread out to the links above I was able to learn more about the issue.
Now curiousity has me wondering if there is a MEC (minimum equipment configuration) "out there" for the OS memory requirements; something perhaps published internally by RIM for it's developers.
32mb is a lot of memory for a device: Given that much of it needs to be saved for USER information instead of the requirements of the OS. I used to work in an environment where 128kb for ANYTHING was amazing and it wasn't that long ago when the Nokia 6600 came out with a whopping 2mb of user memory to fit games, Java applets, etc., into.
So, in other words, I think it boils down to a business decision to stop support of the older CPU and not just the memory constraints.
I just went to Options -> Status and checked my 32mb: I am using just about 29mb with "files" (including a couple of thousand contacts, games, notes, emails, sms' etc) and that's leaving just about 0.8mb free. Seems to me that the OS only needs 2mb (because "I" am using 30mb).
Because I'm very curious I wiped the handheld (yes, after a full backup) and found the status to say 1.2mb "free" and still about 29mb "files". So, wiping the device only gave back about 400k.
It leaves me to believe that all the bits and pieces needed by the OS take up much of the 29mb and the little bit left is for "me". Has anyone looked at a more modern device (4.2x) to see what the "fresh" ratio of free to files state is?