Hardware to run Android Emulator

I thought it would be a good idea to use the touch/netbooks I bought the other day to do development on the go. Running Eclipse is certainly not a problem, but the emulator becomes a nightmare to use.

  • On the Asus EEE T101MT (Atom N450, 2GB) it takes 3 minutes to start the emulator, it will continuously response with some core android processes not responding. Any click or drag takes a few seconds before something happens.
    Verdict: Not usable.
  • The Acer Aspire 1825 PTZ (Intel SU4100, 2GB) is a bit faster with 2 minutes to start. Using the emulator is possible, but not very fluent though.
  • Compare with my regular notebook  (Dell Vostro Core 2 Duo T8300, 4GB). A minute to start and smooth to navigate. Not quite fair to compare with an Atom CPU.

The minimum hardware requirements to run decent speed emulation and debugging becomes quite clear.

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