Earlier today Verizon, the biggest mobile service provider in the United States, announced three new smartphones from Google/Motorola under the Droid brand: the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. The latter of which promises to bring massive battery life.
Sure, sure, it’s got a 10-megapixel, 1080P-capable camera, a 5-inch screen, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, a 1.7 dual-core CPU running quad-core graphics, wireless charging, and is topped off with LTE. What I’m really interested in is the battery: 3500 mAh, and capable of running 48 hours without being charged. That’s massive!
Many other OEMs may be quick to defend the stance that people don’t want or need a huge battery because it makes their phones “fatter”. With all due respect, they’re wrong. Motorola has proven time and time again that increasing the battery capacity doesn’t have to bulk up the phone. Sure, the Maxx lineup isn’t as razor thin as some other phones (if you’ll pardon the pun), but it’s not significantly thicker either. It only adds a marginal amount of thickness and nominal weight to the device. In return you get a smartphone that you don’t have to babysit and make sure a charging source is nearby.
A huge battery will change the way you use your phone
Stop for a moment and think about the last time you didn’t worry about your battery or when your phone was going to die.
Some users don’t pay much attention to their charge status and just use their phone until it dies. My wife falls into this category.
Me, on the other hand, I keep my eye on that little indicator all day long (maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement), and plan my charging strategy around it.
A charging “strategy”, you ask? Yes, I have a charging strategy. I need to make sure it has enough juice to get me through an evening that may involve research, tethering several other devices, movie watching, music playing, and who knows what else. That means that throughout the day I need to be aware of the time, and how long it will take to bring my phone back up to a charge that will get me through the night.
Forgive me, but I don’t want to have to do that! I want a device that I can charge all night (and on my commute to counter the draw of my GPS app), that will have plenty enough juice to get me through my day and through my evening activities, and still have some to spare.
Motorola has been doing that with their Maxx line for quite a while, but for now, that’s just a handful of phones, and really only one “current” model. With the new Droid Maxx, if it lives up to its claims, battery life will no longer be something you have to worry about.
What we need now is for other OEMs to get on board and free us from the wall and let us live our mobile lives free from the worry of a dead battery.