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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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    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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    Electricity has always been a thing of wonder, but like most technological advancements, it's had its challenges and even a fight for what standard to adopt. Thomas Edison developed what would become the first commercially available electrical power transmission using direct current (DC). One of the drawbacks of DC is its relatively limited range due to loss as distribution lines stretched further away from the power plants. Eventually power plants were created in neighborhoods and business districts to overcome the loss, but the plants were large, somewhat noisy, and generally ...

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    Since I'm somewhat of a penny-pincher I tend to look at all of my purchases from a perspective that's a little different than other people. Let me start off by breaking the bad news to you: smartphones are disposable goods. They aren't intended for you to use for ten years like your washing machine or cook-stove. They're simply not "durable", but that makes things sound a little worse than they actually are. If you want to make your phone last, what do you need to consider before you sign that contract or drop hundreds of dollars on it? Stylistic Considerations The best phone in the ...

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    We've heard about flexible displays for quite a while. Most of us have envisioned screens that roll up or fold away. Although that may be possible in the future, it's probably not what we'll see right away. Since the Nexus S, Samsung has been working on curved displays, which they called the "Contour Display". Its younger brother, the Galaxy Nexus, also has a curved screen. That's not entirely true. Though the glass is curved, the "screen" is not, and the backs of the devices are decidedly flat. Samsung's YOUM design replaces the glass sheets used in traditional OLED screens with a ...

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    We've talked about it in the past and I'm sure we'll talk about it long into the future: battery life. Today we're going to tackle the subject from another direction. Rather than talk about what you and I can do to try and extend how long our batteries last, let's talk about what manufacturers and OEMs are doing to try and maximize battery life in phones and tablets they make. Make Bigger Batteries Let's face it, we've got two competing specifications here: who can make the thinnest phone, and who has the larger capacity battery. Usually the one who leads in one spec trails in the other. ...

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    Last week on the Android Guy Weekly we talked about how batteries are holding our devices back. Our CPUs, GPUs, RAM, screens, and wireless radios are getting more power-hungry, but our batteries aren't making the same technological leaps as the other components. The comments on that episode we very informative and helpful, but a single thread began to stand out from the others: What can I do to make my battery last longer. What was more interesting that the comments were geared more to the lifespan of the battery, not the run-time per charge. We'll tackle that in today's episode of The ...

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