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The secret behind poor smartphone battery life

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    The secret behind poor smartphone battery life

    Rapidly deteriorating battery life has long been tolerated by smartphone owners, mainly because they have no choice. Phones usually meet the holy grail of battery life, the ability to last all day, at first. Then it starts getting worse quickly, until many phone owners end up plugging in during the day. It seems it's always been this way, and there's no incentive to the smartphone makers to make this better.

    Battery has long been the focus of the mobile segment. In the early days of mobile the possible time away from a power outlet was not very long. This prompted OEMs to do what they could to make batteries in mobile devices last longer.

    This is why we now have decent battery life with most laptops and tablets. The eight hours needed to go all day no matter what comes up is now met by many mobile devices. Except the smartphone.

    Pick any smartphone in the top ranks and talk to those who've owned one for a while. Odds are, you'll hear a familiar tale the phone easily lasted all day when new but that didn't last. If they've owned the phone over a year you'll probably hear about the antics they go through daily to have a phone that is still working at day's end.
    Read more at: The secret behind poor smartphone battery life | ZDNet

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    That's some actual sound logic, along with the fact thinner is "better" and that means a lower capacity battery. I'll take a brick of a phone if it means more than TWO whole days of solid usage.
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    You may think that I am into conspiracy theories but thinner batteries = more charge cycles within 1 or 2 years = faster deterioration of that battery = buying a new battery or phone sooner; sealed batteries seem to prove that reasoning BTW; we need to try to force manufacturers to give us bigger batteries as a standard feature and refuse to buy sealed-battery models and thin low capacity battery ones IMHO.
    Last edited by frad; 21 Aug 2014 at 06:28.
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