This is something that has been on my mind for a while and so I had to share it. As we watch the mobile phone market explode with all these new phones from companies like Apple, RIM, Motorola, Samsung and HTC , I am constantly amazed by not only the speed at which new devices are delivered but the amount of major improvements they are able to make from release to release. Whether its higher resolution cameras or improving touch technology it seems as if they are constantly innovating, everywhere that is except when it comes to the battery technology that powers all these wonderful devices.
Until recently I was a Blackberry owner and while my original Blackberry Storm definitely had its issues, one that it didn’t really have was a problem with battery life. When I bought my Droid Incredible I had heard there was some issues with battery life and so I thought I would get ahead of the issue and I purchased the extended battery. Unlike most folks, I put the battery in and let it charge for the full time before I ever tried to use it since I already had a phone and was just upgrading. As I went to activate my new Incredible I was pretty pleased with myself feeling that I had mitigated this problem that I had heard so many people complaining about, unfortunately I was wrong.
Literally within 10 minutes the battery was down by roughly 10 percent, that makes no sense at all. Now before you guys go off on me I am not beating up on the Incredible, I really like the phone. I am talking about a larger issue with almost every single new smartphone coming onto the market today. The phones do all sorts of cool stuff, but it seems the more stuff they allow us to do with our phones, the less capable the current class of batteries proves to be. I bought the 2150mAh extended battery and while I have read numerous reviews that say this battery provides all day support even with heavy usage but in the week or so that I have had my phone I have not experienced that at all. Compared to the battery life on my old Blackberry, even with the extended battery the Droid Incredible is terrible from a power consumption standpoint.
Before some of you say well there are ways to stop the battery from running down so fast I am already aware. I know that I can make sure I kill applications when I am not using them, turn off Bluetooth and WiFi when I don’t need them and an array of other small tweaks. While I don’t argue that these things can extend the life of your battery, my major argument is why should I have to tone down the way I use my phone in order to account for what can only be considered as poor design or inferior components. The truth of the matter is that the current class of batteries haven’t been keeping up with the phones that they power and that should be the next battle that the phone makers take on. Why should I have to keep my phone on the charger when I am at home if I don’t want the power to drop at a ridiculous rate? Why in the world should you need to carry an extra battery around with you because you know there is no way your first battery will last as long as you need it too?
Alright folks so now that you know how I feel about this, what do you think? In your opinion, which phones have the best battery life? Finally, is it just me or do most phone’s battery life just suck? Somebody, let us know how you feel.