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#1 smo1898

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Posted 03 May 2015 - 05:24 PM

Most of my leisure time on the computer consists of visiting fairly popular websites, facebook, youtube, amazon, etc. All of which have a dedicated Windows app. 

My PC is not a touch screen. So my question is whether or not it is better (in terms of functionality) to utilize these apps or just to use a web browser on my desktop.

I like the idea of using apps but I feel it may eat up a lot of processing power, memory, and even networking. 

I'm sure this is one of those "it depends" kind of question so just give me your opinion or experience. Perhaps the fun or ease of the apps overrides any spec hogging tendencies, or maybe these apps are only beneficial with a touch screen device.

Just let me know what you guys think!



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Posted 03 May 2015 - 11:14 PM

I always utilize the Desktop apps even though my laptop does have a touchscreen.

 

I honestly could not tell you whether one uses more system resources than the other, but if true, it would be negligible.

 

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Posted 04 May 2015 - 09:33 AM

You could monitor both in the task manager to see which one uses the most resources.  But I suspect that Drexel is correct and the difference would be negligible.


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Posted 07 May 2015 - 12:43 PM

In my opinion using proper programs is always better, I personally would never use site's own apps to visit particular sites, but instead go to them with firefox or with chrome. Apps for sites usually have a little less functionality than the site would have if you vist it in a full browser, and those apps certainly give a user less freedoms and choices. As for processng power, the apps mght use slighty less than a proper browser but the difference won't be much.
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