Posts tagged with: Battery Life
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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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    The Galaxy S 4. It's a name that commands respect: one that strikes fear into the hearts of other smartphones, and incites envy in the eyes of would-be buyers. As our full review reinforces, it's a name that represents one of the best Android smartphones you can buy today. But the Galaxy S 4 isn't just one phone: it's a device family comprised of many globally-specific variants. The SPH-L720 we reviewed last week was built especially for the American carrier Sprint, and while it's functionally identical to the other American operator variants, it has significantly less in common with its ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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    One of the main concerns while using a smartphone (and why not, a tablet) these days is battery life. We're happy when our beloved device makes it through the day so we can charge it once again overnight. However, batteries, as we know them today, might soon be replaced with new "microbatteries", thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois. What are microbatteries? Let the press release do the talking: "the most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone powered by these batteries to jump-start ...

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    Let's be honest. Battery life, in general, sucks. "Oh, but Display X is 30 percent more efficient! And Processor X consumes 25 percent less power! And it has a 2,500mAh battery!" I got my smartphone roots from the BlackBerry camp, back when BlackBerry – then-Research In Motion – was running the show. Among at least a dozen other models, I carried a BlackBerry Curve 8330 for nearly three years. Even today, it's one of my favorite phones I've ever owned – not because the display was great, the fixed camera took 3.2-megapixel shots or because it had Wi-Fi. (Yes, Wi-Fi was a feature of ...

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    Dear OEMs, we, your loyal customers, have been patient long enough. You've given us some really great smartphones and tablets over the years. Your designs are becoming more practical with every iteration, without shedding their aesthetic beauty. We appreciate that, and thank you. Your batteries, however, have got to change. We recognize that your devices are getting faster and thinner, but we can't use them as long as we should be able to. Face it, a smartphone that only lets you use it for 4 hours isn't very "smart". In fact, it's pretty silly, if you ask us. Of course that's not what ...

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    Battery life is one thing we constantly have to battle, especially on many high-end Android smartphones. The combination of quad-core processors, 5-inch 1080p smartphones, LTE connectivity and dozens of other specifications and connections sipping at your battery all day long, lasting an entire day on a single charge is becoming more and more difficult. Fortunately, some manufacturers have chosen to fight waning stamina by simply cramming more milliamp-hours inside their high-end options. Sadly, that still isn't always enough. But there are lots of things you can do to improve your battery ...

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    1080p displays. On smartphones. I never thought I'd see the day, but it's here. Call the front desk; I'm checking out. No but, for real: around these parts, the notion of full-HD resolution -1920 x 1080- on a smartphone screen has for months prompted a range of reactions, from skepticism to disbelief to glee. Listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast can sometimes hear that entire range in one sitting: pixel-density enthusiast Brandon Miniman is keen on the absurdly high-density panels, while I often profess not to be able to tell the difference. Anton D. Nagy, Joe Levi, or Jaime ...

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    I've been carrying the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III for about a week. In that short time, I've found its endurance to be on the high side of average, for an Android smartphone. It's done better than my LTE Galaxy Nexus -everything does, after all- but doesn't quite live up to the performance of AT&T's HTC One X I tested a few weeks back. Your experience, as always, may not be identical to mine. No matter how well or poorly a smartphone does on the old endurance test, though, everyone seems to agree that you can never have enough power. There's the usual array of ...

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