OT: Mgoblog droid app data usage.

Submitted by F5 on October 22nd, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I'm not sure if this is even a feasible question given the vast variables that can come into play. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know if the mgoblog app eats less data than if I viewed it on a "lite/mini" browser on my phone? Trying to avoid any data overages in the future now that I don't have unlimited anymore. Thanks in advance.


a non emu

October 22nd, 2012 at 9:45 PM ^

I believe so. It definitely loads faster than when viewed on the browser. A lot of the text/graphic elements, that exist on every mgo page is not loaded. I haven't measured it in actual bytes but I am going to guess it is pretty significantly lower.


October 22nd, 2012 at 9:56 PM ^

2 GB of data or more and dont stream a ton of videos or misic on sites like pandora then you will find it extremely difficult to go over you're data limit regardless so don't even worry about it.


October 23rd, 2012 at 11:51 AM ^

Just want the guy to get a product that has better hardware and software. I've used both, there is not one thing about the iphone that I like better than on the s3. Well, there was one, battery life. But, the S3 rocks battery life. There's a reason the S3 is outselling the iphone.


October 23rd, 2012 at 1:13 PM ^

I've had a droid for the past couple of years (I know, not all droids are the same) but man, it has frustrated the hell out of me. It has taken every ounce of my being to not brick it against a wall daily. The only thing I like about it over the iphone is flash. I'm debating the move to iphone just out of a need to remain sane.

I will definitely check out the s3. Thanks for the advice.


October 23rd, 2012 at 2:58 PM ^

My assumption is that neither you nor I know what would work best for him.  So let him try both and decide for himself.

Regardless, your assertion that the S3 is outselling the iPhone is just wrong.  Samsung estimates that it will sell 30 million S3s this year.  That's a lot of S3s.  But Apple sold 26 million iPhones in their fiscal Q3, which ended two and a half months before the release of the iPhone 5.  Apple also sold 5 million iPhone 5s during the first weekend of its release (including a Friday, so 3 days).  Samsung announced 10 million S3s sold after one month.  The S3 is selling incredibly well, but not as well as the iPhone.


October 22nd, 2012 at 10:42 PM ^

As a guy who used to do tech support on websites, in my experience, it's not even close. Your browser (even a mini version) has so many more queries and other requests to handle when opening a single page and also pages will many times continue processing requests after it loads "completely", whereas the app has just a minute fraction of that and stays static. Even as far as mobile apps go, the MGoDevs have really dumbed down the content and graphics (in a good way) of the app itself, so there's no reason not to use the app. FYI - I use the app all the time and don't use my browser too much and for the past 7 days my browser is at 26mb and my MGoBlog app is at 276kb (1024kb =1mb).


October 22nd, 2012 at 11:14 PM ^

I could do some studies, but the amount of data the apps receive should be a lot less than the full page.  If nothing else, we don't load the left side, right side, banner and all the avatars (as well as all sorts of random queries the real page would make).

M - Flightsci

October 22nd, 2012 at 11:43 PM ^

MGoApp has occasionally been brining my OG Evo 4G to it's knees.  Granted, it's getting old, and I'm running MikG 3.11, but it should be able to multitask a few apps just fine, especially pared with ATK.  Sometimes the phone will become unresponsive to any input, refusing to register touches to the hardware buttons.  It's gotten so bad I am intermittently unable to unlock the phone while the app is running and the screen has timed out, forcing me to take the battery out.  Anyone else have a rough time with MGoApp and resource usage?

a non emu

October 23rd, 2012 at 12:11 AM ^

Yup the app frequently goes nuts and consumes 100% of CPU. Especially on ICS and above. Use an app like watchdog lite that warns you if an app is taking a lot of the CPU and allows you to kill it. Typically I just kill the app if I am done with it rather than 'back' out of it (I use cyanogen, long pressing the back button kills the app).

The dev had plans to update the app, but he seems to have gotten busy or decided to abandon it unfortunately.


October 23rd, 2012 at 12:36 AM ^

Thanks everybody for the insight. I switched from metro to at&t for better coverage, better phones, etc. but I noticed I use more data than I thought. All your guys advice will really help this Guy save a penny. Much appreciated


October 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 AM ^

Your best option might be to use the RSS feed provided by the Mgoblog and pull it into an RSS reader.

That way you can also load up other feeds and get the same benefit from other sites you visit frequently.

If you want to save a lot of bandwidth, have all of your RSS feeds downloaded at night (assuming you can connect to wifi). Then you only need to download the newest posts (during the day) from at&t.

rob f

October 24th, 2012 at 12:50 AM ^

...but what is the best way for me to save this thread (or any other thread) for my own future reference?

I just upgraded to my first smartphone about a week ago (upgraded from a MotoRazr to a MotoAtrix HD) and am doing my best to learn how to use it, so i find this thread to be of great interest, even though some of it is in reference to things I have yet to learn.  Takes time, I guess, but this old guy (I'm in my 50's) does NOT fear technology and plans on putting my new gadget to good use, including on MGoBlog.

So far, my kids have been pretty helpful in showing me a few tricks on using a smartphone, and I've surprised them by learning a lot on my own---my youngest (he's 18), in particular, thought I was getting in " over my head" by getting a phone leaps-and-bounds more advanced than his.


October 24th, 2012 at 2:32 AM ^

If you're on your phone's browser, just bookmark it (usually is a little star in the address bar). If you're on the app, click the "Share" button (see below) and email it to yourself.

Share button: (or some rendition)


October 26th, 2012 at 12:26 AM ^

A question for one of the Cook brothers. However I can tell you that the App usage spikes every weekday around the same time in the afternoon, about one average male digestive cycle after lunch in the eastern timezone. It's like clockwork.