Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/147158/htg-explains-why-is-smartphone-battery-life-so-bad/
Phones have improved dramatically in the last ten years. Modern smartphones seem like a technology from an alien civilization when placed next to the original cell phones. But battery life hasn’t improved. In fact, battery life feels like it’s getting worse.
My RAZR Maxx phone has a huge battery, which lasts forever. I only really have to charge it every other day, and I have gone 3-4 days before. If you regularly put it into airplane mode you can get a week or more.
I prefer my iPod/ Crap Symbian Nokia... That way, my iPod is only on when I want to use it,, and the Crap Symbian Nokia is for my phone calls... And that phone lasts 1 and a half weeks per charge... with removable battery.
I acquired a Nexus 4 last month. I had heard middling reviews about its battery life. I had come from a string of three consecutive Motorola phones so it was a change.
With the Nexus though, battery life under regular, normal usage is two days. When I say "normal" usage I mean, I use it when I need it, but I don't spend hours texting and watching YouTube videos, etc. When I first got it, I did have to familiarize myself with the device and Ice Cream Sandwich, having upgraded from Gingerbread. Battery life then typically ran a day, maybe 16 hours with really heavy usage.
Based on a recent HTG article, I downloaded and started using Llama http://www.howtogeek.com/142186 and it's not so much extended battery life as taken the burden off of me, the user. Now I have the phone toggle Wi-Fi on when in range and off when not, GPS only toggles on when I'm using maps/navigation and off when I'm not. Stuff like that. Yesterday, I got 3 days out of a charge, normal use, and the battery while low (24%) could have easily lasted to the end of the work day.
I hope battery life is the next "arms race" for phone makers because I think many people start to resent their devices when the battery has to constantly be charged. What good is it to have a portable device if you need to plug it in all the time? The fact is though, it's not just the actual batteries that need to improve, it's also the OS - there's not much in the way of power saving configurations in Android. That I have to go to such lengths to automate battery conservation isn't something others will do - it needs to be built into the device itself and it needs to be smart and easy to use.
Finally, there's just the user. Look at people when they're out, on the train, in restaurants, at the grocery store, movies, etc. People are glued to their phones. Of course they run down so quickly and it's also the reason why batteries tend to wear out so quickly, battery efficiency declines and they don't hold a charge as long, etc.
I think batteries are evolving at a reasonable pace considering the computing power that smart phones are capable of. The battery my Verizon S3 is lasting 8 to 12 hours on average.
And I have the luxury of just swapping the battery on the fly. This has honestly been one of my top five reasons for selecting certain smartphones over the years. I think it's ridiculous to force a consumer to disassemble their device just to change a battery. Most people are reasonably not comfortable with doing this.
I had poor battery life from my Samsung Galaxy SII until I installed the Juice Defender app. That has doubled or tripled life without any inconvenience to me. I also bought a second battery that sits in a charger cradle attached to my laptop. Same cradle also holds and charges the phone when I'm at home.
I can't get worked up about the duration of a charge; it's far less important than the reliability of the connection with regard to both the tower infrastructure and the performance of the device itself. In the prosperous industrialized countries, the only time you can't charge a phone overnight is when you're camping out in the woods.
There is huge market for battery manufacturer. many gadget need efficient battery.
I hope many company putting their money on battery research.
if they can make new efficient battery they will make a lot of money.
If they did not do the research other company/ competitor may do it
My IPhone 4S will last Up to 3 days, also I watch films and use it for music almost 24/7, my old 3gs barely lasted a day when it was new !!
Hello, I'm new to this forum but felt compelled to post this tidbit.
I read an article almost 2 years ago about a discovery in battery
technology. It was Lithium Ion Foam or Copper Foam technology
that would give a battery 60X the power capabilities than today.
Also they would charge much MUCH faster.
http://news.discovery.com/tech/sponge-battery-prieto-130107.htmI'm also the original Conspiracy Theorist, so I have to assume
the current battery manufacturers are hindering the production of
this technology so they can sell their existing stock of regular Li batteries.
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