iOS 4 on 3G slow? Turn off Spotlight
Title says it all - iPhone 3G apparently has trouble keeping up with indexing, ever since 3.x. Two days ago, I turned off Spotlight search (Settings-General-Home Button-Spotlight search-switch off all you don't use) because I rarely, if ever, used it.
Up to this day, my poor old 3G with iOS is way snappier than it was before, and I wouldn't hesitate to say it's as snappy as with 3.1.3. Stutter while open/close transitions is gone and apps load way faster. I've compared it to some youtube videos ( ) and mine on iOS 4 performs almost as fast as theirs on 3.1.3.
This is not even a "Restore as new phone" install - it's restored from backup that has 7,5 GB out of 8 GB filled.
Please try this if you find your 3G struggling with iOS 4 and report back.
- 07-05-2010, 08:23 PM #2
I'm not, of course. But then again, it's highly unlikely to see a difference in synthetic benchmark like Sunspider.
I can, however, see a big difference in day to day operations like opening Messaging app, Settings, Camera, Mail.app, keyboard delay (including rotation) is significantly lower etc.
The biggest difference can be seen in apps that generate content indexed by Spotlight - Notes, Mail, Calendar... all of them used to close with noticeable stutter. That is gone now.
- 07-05-2010, 09:09 PM #4
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- 07-08-2010, 04:13 PM #6
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- 07-08-2010, 07:42 PM #9
I think it is useful but for people who loaded it on slow computers that could barely handle it I think it was better to have it disabled. I tried disabling spotlight and the phone is a little more snappy but still slow so it's barely noticable.
- 07-08-2010, 07:54 PM #10
- 07-08-2010, 08:00 PM #11
I turned all the spotlight search off on my 3g...still runs extremely slow. I absolutely hate the spotlight search. I guess I don't have enough junk on there that I can't remember all of my apps, etc. I agree they should allow you to turn it off. Waste imho.
- 07-08-2010, 08:04 PM #12