If you’re a gamer or a computer geek, you probably know that it’s possible to increase the capacity of a processor. For instance, if you have a desktop PC with 1.5 GHz of processing capacity, you can overclock the CPU to say, 2.0 or 2.5 GHz. It’s really helpful to increase the speed and get a smooth working experience, though there are some disadvantages too.
I’ve already explained it in a layman’s language, let’s get a little technical for a moment. The speed/unit at which the CPU operates is known as clock cycles per second, which defines the capacity (in terms of performance) of the processing unit. Increasing the clock cycles per second, more than specified by the manufacturer is called “overclocking”. One thing you can easily extract out of this is, your warranty will be void immediately. It is not a new thing, in fact it is known from many years. But till now, it’s been used only for computer’s CPU. After the creation of smartphones, people have started practicing the tricks on phones too. This is the thing I like about Android, you can not only customize the OS but the hardware too (Sorry, Apple fanboys).
Why NOT to Overclock your Android Phone?
Negative first, huh? I don’t want you to drop the thought to overclock your device, but this is important. You should be fully aware about the pros and cons of what you’re planning to do.
Warranty: As soon as you’ll overclock the processor of the device, the warranty will become void (in almost all cases). You should first read the terms and conditions of warranty provided by the manufacturer (or seller) to make sure you are not violating it. However, I haven’t seen any T&C saying, “we’d be happy to replace the product no matter how you screw it up.” You can always revert back to the original state, like in the case of rooting you can unroot. But still, the risk and any loss will be completely yours.
Common Issues: There are some common problems, experience by many users after overclocking. Well, that’s why manufacturer’s don’t give you overclocked device at the first place. Your phone might get hot like coal when using non-stop for some time, or it may suck more battery to work at the rate you’ve mentioned. Battery is already a matter of worry for Android users, make sure you’re ready to deal with the consequences.
Risk: Don’t think that if you have a no-warranty product, you have nothing to lose. You can lose the only thing left, the precious phone! May be I exaggerated that a little, but yes the risk of permanent damage is always there. The thing is, overclocking an Android phone means, follow a long list of complex steps. If you do any serious step incorrectly, nobody except you will be responsible for any damage.
Frequent Crashes: The problem with the clock rate is, someone has to find out the best number which can give you better performance without screwing up the device. If you set the rate more than its capacity, the chances are high that you’ll experience frequent crashes. It may freeze more often, and applications may act weird.
Wait! Don’t close the window. I know I almost convinced you to drop the thought. Why not take a look at the advantages?
Why you Should Overclock an Android Phone?
Performance: Of course! That’s the main reason behind overclocking, better performance. While some devices can support higher capabilities, some may disappoint you. For example, HTC Explorer which comes with 600 MHz processor can be overclocked to 1.4 GHz (1400 MHz) – that’s more than twice! While, some devices can’t run properly with the processor packed by manufacturer (kidding). Although, it doesn’t mean that you can get the performance similar to a high-end device but, definitely it’ll be better than what you are getting right now.
Battery Backup: You can get better battery backup after overclocking. Paradox? I remember that I mentioned low battery life in cons above. But, some devices (mostly older ones) prove this wrong. I repeat, only on ‘some’ Android phones, you can get better battery backup after overclocking.
So, what did you decide? Tell us in your comments below and stay tuned for a tutorial on how to overclock an Android phone. It’ll be live very soon.