Posts tagged with: Battery Life
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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    One of the biggest problems in mobile technology today is the battery life of our phones. A much as our technology has increased, idyllic battery life remains an elusive unicorn. Most phones set the bar at 16 hours, which is one day, minus sleep time during which you can charge. But really, isn’t that just an awful goal? If that were the minimum standard for battery, ok, I’ll grant you that. But setting the bar for “good” battery life at a single day should never be the rule. Of course there are phones that boast much more than that. I’ve recently been testing the Blu Energy X ...

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    How many internet-connected devices are there in your life right now? Dozens upon dozens? When we take that number and start multiplying it by the billions of users out there, it's no surprise that the internet long ago found itself running up against the 32-bit address-space limitation of the old IPv4 protocol, allowing a little fewer than 4.3 billion unique devices to be online. Luckily, the powers that be started working on a fix decades ago, and IPv6 has address space to spare. Unfortunately, the ongoing transition to IPv6 may be taking an unnecessary toll on our smartphones, as ...

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    While we could rehash battery issues on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the sheer endurance we're talking about here blows away a lot of other devices. Does our Michael Fisher still have the Huawei Mate 8? Maybe he can have some fun with a full-brightness video test. One Russian leaker has claimed that the Galaxy S7 can last 17 hours in such a test before powering off. Samsung has pushed around its second-generation 14nm FinFET process in its Exynos 8 Octa cores. But between innovations in battery charging and discharging and Android Marshmallow and the above, we really don't know what to make ...

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    There's plenty of reading material on how the batteries inside our smartphones — objects that have dominated modern social life — fare in extreme temperatures (hint: not well). There's a reason why batteries are rated for a range of temperatures typically from above the freezing point of water to about 38°C or 100°F. The Daily Mail just wrote up an article on this perennial topic of temps, amps and ohms and it has relayed advice to all of us: keep our phones in our pockets. Pockets keep your device close to your body heat. If your smartphone usually takes to a handbag or murse, — ...

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    After nearly a year's worth of buildup, we are still nowhere near close to the coming of the HoloLens, Microsoft's (pricy) all-in-one productivity computing solution with integrated augmented reality. But the roadshow goes on and so do the tidbit drops as we trudge through time. Bruce Harris, one of Microsoft's Technical Evangelists (isn't that an awesome job title, by the way?), was on a recent jaunt to Tel Aviv to show off a non-functioning headset to games developers there. The lounge get-together was more intimate than the usual convention space affair and Harris was fairly liberal ...

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    When Huawei announced its new smartphone lineup at CES earlier this month, it followed up the hoopla with its usual generosity. That is: it gave everyone in attendance a review sample of either its new Mate 8 phablet, or a gold-colored refresh of the Nexus 6P. My colleague Jaime Rivera, perhaps anticipating an After The Buzz video in his future, went for the 6P. But despite my deep respect for the newest Nexus, I sprung for the weirder of the cousins for two reasons: I knew Pocketnow would have to post a Mate 8 review, and I wanted to write that review. The last Huawei smartphone I ...

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    Apparently. when you tell two people to do the same job, no matter how detailed the instructions are, you might get some different results. In the case of Apple working with Samsung and TSMC, these three have had a history after a turbulent period where Samsung could've lost its whole Apple contract to TSMC. The two are in now in their current coexistence doing their own jobs. But some iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users on internet forums are finding out what kind of job each manufacturer has done with the A9 processors in each of them something of a quality grab-bag. With testing from ...

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    Ok, I promise, this is the last time I talk about my vacation - which was freakin' great, bee tee dubs. But as I mentioned in a previous article, I found myself in a difficult situation – I had the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and I was out on the town for 11 days straight. Battery life was an issue pretty much every day I was out there. I managed to muddle through using a couple of tricks which I’ll talk to you about, but I also did a little digging and put together a sort of “best practices” list here that you can employ should you find yourself on the wrong side of a battery ...

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    We've all experienced it, as time passes our smartphones and tablets seem to get slower and slower. We've told ourselves that it's just all the crap valuable software that we have installed. We've told ourselves that applications keep getting bigger and more complex (and ultimately slower). We aren't wrong. All those things contribute to both actual and perceived slowdowns, but there may be one other contributing factor that is not only slowing us down, but hurting battery life in the process. How much? According to one study, smartphones could be 20 times faster and battery life could be ...

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    Editor's note: In the gulf between iPhone releases and in the run-up to the next Windows Phone resurrection, the ratio of Android to non-Android phones in our review inventory continues to rise. As a result, this piece is written from a predominantly Android-centric perspective. Everybody wants awesome smartphone battery life. Whether you’re addicted to the latest power-draining augmented reality game or just trying to get through a day of texting and talking, the panic moment is a familiar one: mid-afternoon, no charger in sight, and a pop-up dialog warning you that you’re 15% away ...

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    By USB or by wall outlet, our gadgets receive energy and store it in their batteries. Once they're unplugged, they're immediately powering through your day. That is, if they can last as long as you do. And in the case of wearable technology, where battery capacity only goes so far as the technology inside of it and the limited physical footprint, sometimes they don't. With discharge cycles lasting anywhere between 18 hours and seven days, we're not excited with having to deal with what's still widely considered as an accessory to a smartphone rather than a dedicated device in its own ...

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    One thing all of us have in common is the fact that all of our devices will eventually run out of power and need to be charged again. Doing so is a relatively simple process: plug your charging cable into a computer, wall wart, or specialty outlet - then wait. Back in the early days we had relatively small battery capacities and charging our phones didn't take too long. Today we have devices with thousands of mAh capacities that take all night to charge, but typically don't last all day! The solution from Apple and Samsung was to provide some "signaling tricks" which enabled their charges ...

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    Having a long past with legacy BlackBerry smartphones will do something to you. It will make every new phone you buy feel inferior in at least one way: battery life. I often write that a phone’s battery life is great, decent, amazing, or passable. But when I write it, I only sort of meant it. That's not to say I'm lying, but I typically quantify a phone's stamina in relation to other, modern smartphones when, honestly, I’m rarely ever impressed by a smartphone’s ability to keep a charge. When I was 16, I bought my very first BlackBerry after having trouble with the Motorola Q (on ...

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    Cellular phones used to allow us to make and receive telephone calls on the go, and not much more. Somewhere along the line, text messaging was added, letting us ditch our pagers. Over time, simple apps were added, and we were able to pass away the time with games like Snake. Back then battery life wasn't all that important, not when compared to today since back then our phones could last a week between charges. Now, however, we're lucky to make it through a day or two. Manufactures are faced with a dilemma: customers want phones that are thin and light, but batteries are thick and heavy. ...

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    When we went hands-on, and gave Amazon's Fire Phone the full review treatment earlier this month, we didn't have many nice things to say about its battery life, rating it as "poor to fair". This rating carries with its own measure of irony since Amazon touts "uncompromised battery life" as one of the selling points of its phone. "You'll definitely want to take a charger with you if you're planning on anything close to heavy use. We haven't once reached 4 hours of screen-on time with the Fire Phone's embedded 2600 mAh battery, and charging it every night has been a non-negotiable ...

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    For the better part of the last five years, battery life has been an issue. I've never managed to get the alleged four hours of screen-on time some forum users claim, and I've rarely been able last a full day with just about any non-BlackBerry smartphone. It happens, but it's rare. "It's just the way or how much you use your phones." That's what everyone always tells me, but that's not the problem, I assure you. Just because I'm a "tech blogger" doesn't mean I use my phones endlessly. It's quite the opposite, actually. I have countless devices, all of which get a fairly even spread of use, ...

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    CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and even storage space all seem to be headed in the right direction: more! Thickness and weight are headed in the opposite direction: thin and light. What's stuck in the middle? That's right, your battery. Batteries are interesting things. They store energy, exactly how they do that has evolved over time -- albeit slowly. There are many kinds of energy out there: solar energy, kinetic energy, nuclear energy, potential energy, hydro, wind, heat, pressure, rotational, chemical, and more. No, those aren't all the same "kinds" of energy, but it illustrates that the topic is ...

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    (Updated 02 April 2014 to add HTC's comments at bottom.) Sometimes, all you need is a phone. Not a digital assistant, not a pocket internet tablet, not a gaming platform. Of course all of those things are nice, and the enhanced features smartphones bring to bear have become essential to millions around the world. But thanks to the realities of battery endurance and processor capabilities, most of today's smartphones offer a variation on the same promise: "From the moment I come off the charger until the moment I lose power, I will be a smartphone. Nothing less." With the unsubtly-named ...

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    Battery life is an ongoing struggle many of us smartphone users deal with every single day. Most days, I unplug my phone around 8:00 AM. Depending on the work I'm doing that day, I may not actually turn the display on until later that evening, but rest assured the phone gets some sort of use – music streaming in the car, countless email and social notifications, etc. Other days, I'll spend an hour or two staring at the display before noon. No matter what kind of day it is, however, by the end of the day, my phones make their way back to my nightstand, begging to be plugged in, where they ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    Ok, now stop giggling. There are a few things in life more boring than talking about batteries. Baby showers come to mind. Rain delayed baseball games. Sharknado. But in the mobile technology industry we have to get to write about battery life in between product release cycles. Because not a whole lot has changed in the battery life department over the years. It really should change. It's really barely acceptable as it stands right now. Upcoming technology might give us a bit of a battery dilemma. Of course we start to think of this in light of Motorola's product announcements yesterday. ...

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    Smartphones, like it or not, are disposable goods. We buy them, we use them, we abuse them, then we toss them away when they no longer serve our purposes. The reasons for getting rid of or replacing our smartphones are many, but what would it take for manufacturers to "wow" us with a super long lasting smartphone? What is a "Long Lasting Smartphone"? Before we get too far into the question, what exactly is the question? What do we mean by a "super long lasting smartphone"? Does it mean the same thing to you as it does to me? Let's break down the various components of what an ideal "long ...

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    Technology has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent years. Processors have gotten faster, RAM has become more plentiful, graphics processors and screens today are outstanding. We even have megabit data connections in our pockets -- which is amazing if you stop and think about it. What hasn't changed much? Batteries. I've seen the future of technology... and battery life still sucks! Honestly, it should come as no surprise, we've been complaining about battery life for as long as we've had consumer electronics. While improvements have been made, let's face it, none of us are ...

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    As mobile experts, we do everything we can to look at every new device subjectively. You may hear us cracking jokes on a live show or voicing our personal opinions in editorials. But when it becomes time to get serious, when it's review time, we look at a phone (or tablet) from not only our own perspective, but as many others as possible – the perspective of the target demographic, the perspective of the general consumer, the standpoint of a power user, a modder or even a first-time buyer. We all look at a new phone differently. When we pull it out of the box and tear the plastic off, ...

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