Has little to do with the CPU but more to do with the transfer time from the hard disk to memory. Something like 99% of the delay in starting an app is the amount of time it takes to get the program off the hard drive and into memory.
Not a CPU issue.
I am having a pretty difficult time finalising a portable laptop
I have just begun a phd in anthropology, and will do lots of word processing, music/movies, internet, and occasional photo editing.
Hence, I was initially confident that I would be able to decide easily between the satellite T235 and the portege R700.
After some initial research I focused on the T235. Here unlike the portege the battery life is pretty good, has a nice keyboard, does not heat, and its acceptably light (I want a less than 2 kg machine).
So what prevents me from finalising this one? This has to do with the low voltage processor which is a CULV U5400 1.2 GHz.
Now my simple query is ? how good is this processor from the point of view of my usage?
What I mean is will the T235 become sluggish if say I am working on the word processor, playing music, downloading through torrents, and have say a couple of applications open while I do this?
Right now, I have a A200 which has only 1 GB RAM and a core duo 2.0 GHz processor. I use this with XP and Ubuntu 10.04 and the speed is pretty much ok for the tasks at hand. Can someone compare the T235 with the A200? That way I would have some idea of the real world performance and not simply a comparison on paper which reveals very little of how the machine will feel in day to day use!
What I would hate is to see the hourglass when I am opening an application/window. The minimum I am looking for is snappy performance where windows and applications open with a minimum of delay.