I read a review of a dual core mobile recently and the reviewer was of the opinion that dual core processor helped the usb transfer speeds.

This doesn't seem to make much sense to me. When the phone is plugged in then it is usually not busy. That is if the processor is even involved in the transfer at all.

Can anyone post any experience with usb transfers on dual core devices?

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That definitely doesn't make sense. Unless they somehow turned off one core (probably impossible without serious development effort) and compared the transfer rate to when both cores were on, you can't draw that conclusion. One phone might have a different transfer rate that another, but it has nothing to do with whether one phone has a dual-core processor or not. The speed of the internal memory or SD card and the filesystem are the most important factors, and possibly the efficiency of the storage-handling code. All three can vary between devices.

  • Yes I would have thought it was the spec of the card interface and that is all. In any case by your description you imply that the transfer always goes through the devices OS which is another thing I was wondering about given the review. My mobile goes into an unusable mode when plugged in so I figured the cards were unmounted and could be used directly as a card reader.
    – barrymac
    Jun 8, 2011 at 15:43
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    @barrymac Sorry, I wasn't clear. General I/O speed can be affected by the OS code but you're right that in Mass Storage mode it would be handled by the drivers on the PC side. Jun 8, 2011 at 17:10
  • Ah ok thanks for the follow up. gotta say the reader on my samsung i9000 isn't great though, never gets anywhere near 30MB/s which I can get with other readers on USB 2.0. Would be interested to see if anyone does on other devices
    – barrymac
    Jun 8, 2011 at 17:16

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