Do you think that manufacturers are not doing enough to improve battery life?

Do you think that manufacturers are not doing enough to improve battery life?
Our yesterday poll, where we asked our readers to identify the single biggest issue they have with their device, illustrates just how many of us are unhappy with the battery life we get out of our smartphones. Over 50% said that their phone's battery is crappy, and we're sure that the rest of the voters likely had battery life within their top 3 of aggravations. 

This isn't a topic we're strangers to, and it's not like we only now feel confident speaking about it. In the past, we've pointed at comically thin devices and ridiculously pixel-dense displays as the main culprit contributing to poorer battery life. And it's not just about the simple physics behind these two factors that prevent improvements in the area — it's also the cost of R&D and time that went to developing them, instead of better focusing on improving battery life. Many will agree, we're sure, that manufacturers could definitely be doing more to extend the life of our smartphones.

Do you think that manufacturers are not doing enough to improve battery life?

Do you think that manufacturers are not doing enough to improve battery life?

Absolutely, they could more
92.83%
They're doing enough as it is
7.17%



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67 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

New battery technology breakthrough is what's needed right now. Batteries which are maybe 10 times as dense and which have much higher charge retention and negligible battery degradation over time.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Technology is already here but every big companies will squeeze lithium as long as they can

15. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I would love to see a phone that doesn't need to charge at all... i know it sounds stupid but who have seen the future?

21. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Poll outcome says "In your face apple, samsung and other relatives". Polls like these are dangerous though. Because they will come with the next model and tell us "we heard" (our customers) and enlarged the battery. "We're engineers." Removing of course other useful and much appreciated features. They could sell to us one flip-flop for a smartphone.

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Well their not even trying only stone Chinese Samsung and Ms do it. LG battery life reduced after G2 Sony's not changed much too HTCs sucks but Samsung's only good on its note series S6 could be significantly better. But why they do it cause people don't buy phones with better battery life they buy iPhone with s**ty battery so why they should even try when consumer don't really want sth?

32. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

What do you expect when companies remove bigger (or more efficient) batteries and advertise more the thinness of their smartphones? And sell the ones with bigger (or more efficient) batteries as feature phones, that in some instances one has to endure their ugliness too (Active etc)

53. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well that's the role model problem in the industry for now. Apple makes the most money and have therfore, become the industry model. They do stupid gimmicks and junk features to differentiate. They also use tactics to keep their already malleable fanbase tied to their ecosystem while also keeping the media in line as seen in their computerbild issue. The rest of the industry is pushing hard but are not really succeeding as much (with a little help from their own stupidity as well). It's a really messed up time and kind of won't change until someone equally as strong as Apple decides to put the effort in and set their own path. Sony is the closest but they are incompetent in their distribution. This time they have all the right things down, they just literally have to "deliver" it to ppl properly to get back in the game.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

What needed right now is 1 to 3 mm added to all phone thickness and put real battery in devices thats where the problem is.

2. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Manufactures always play it safe and too much battery optimisations lead to system instability. My galaxy s4 is undervolted to - 100mV from the stock value using custom kernel. It is improved my battery backup by up to 25%.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Why should they do more, when people are perfectly happy with their iPhones and their poor battery life? I'm pretty certain that every other manufacturer benchmarks their creations against the iPhone and once they exceed the battery life of an iPhone (which by now almost all do) they can feel good. I think Apple is dragging in this respect the whole industry down.

26. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Not just Apple. Many Android handsets are almost as bad. Funny to note that I get 2 to 3 days out of my Lumia 735 and 640xl. Microsoft has been working on optimizing battery quite seriously. I use to have an iphone6 and with similar use the battery life was about 40% of an average modern Lumia. The again, the Lumias don't suffer from other annoyances I had on iphones and androids, as their screens are very clear and readable in direct sunlight as well. What I'm saying is that most of the complaints are from people using devices that are simply badly optimized for day to day use, like iphones and galaxies. Almost all things that can annoy you on those devices are fixed with my Lumia devices.

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Strange my Sonim XP7 still have more than 30% battery left when i charge it... one time every 3-4 days and i use it a lots. So ppl stop been ass and attacking OS the problem is the phone maker not the OS. IF they stop making phone as thin as paper and put real battery you wont have issue. Software optimisation can only go so far before its become useless.

4. calim

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

I feel some manufacturers are doing more than others. My new phone lasts from monday morning to tuesday night with music, web browsing, some gaming, e-mails and photography. I have friends who bought other flagships that don't even last them from morning to evening..

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Well, Sony did a great job on battery life on their phones.

14. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Exactly.. My Z1 lasts for two days.. I take it to office in morning @ 40% without worrying..

16. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

But do you think it's enough....

31. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Yep.. My phone is always connected to wifi and I use to make calls,emails and use chrome..

18. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

So does Samsung, infact Samsung is pretty much the only manufacturer that is able to make a small battery making the phone thinner, as well as getting a good battery life.

27. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

And remove features too.

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Shamesung battery life is a joke. only note serie is ok.

36. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Agreed. My Sony Z3 Compact is great on battery life with stamina mode options to increase battery life greatly. Can go an entire day and a half and not worry about battery life with full usage of phone features. LOVE IT! As long as people keep buying new phones (the iPhones, Galaxies, LGs, HTCs) with battery power getting lower and no new tech on it, the makers will keep doing little about it. Sony, Motorola and MS Lumia phones are the only ones that come to mind in good battery life.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Sonim beat them all by a big margin on the battery life. Sonim XP7 have a 4800 MAH battery and i only need to charge one time per 3 to 4 days and i use it all day long.

6. nahusiv

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

thicker device, more battery, is that simple

40. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I blame this on the tech press. They give a lot of coverage to how thin a phone is, and even more to producing the thinnest phone. That comes at a cost.

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well tech press is sold to company like cr4pple and shamesung what do you expect? They will say everything to apologise for those. any of those sound familiar? : Article about resolutions. Article about thinner phone. Article about innovation thats are not. Any of those ring a bell?

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not hard to see where this poll is going. There have been devices where the battery life has been the biggest selling point- Verizon's Motorola Droid Maxx series comes to mind. My guess is that those battery heavy devices have not sold as well. Consumers are flocking to large screened behemoths, anything with the name "Galaxy" in them, and iPhones. Phones are bragging about how thin they are or their amazing camera. Those issues and the screen sizes seem to matter to consumers WAY more than battery life. They then complain about battery life after purchase. Than a year and half later get another phone without caring. I just think the market dictates what phone developers focus on. People just buy more chargers and whine, but battery life does not drive the basic users decisions.

41. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I agree on thin, but large screen phones don't tend to do that badly, because a larger screen phone can more easily have a larger battery. Yes the screen will take more power, but the battery size can more than compensate.

64. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Oh, I completely agree with you. The Big Boned Phones can put a larger battery in, and that is a huge advantage, pun obviously intended. My point, which I did not make real well, was that battery life does not seem to drive consumer sales. I am willing to guess if we get some honest reps from brick and mortar stores on here they will say that battery life is nothing more than a side note when people are shopping for a new phone. They buy based on device needs (gaming, streaming media, work) or brand name.

8. Shocky unregistered

They're doing enough, the issue is Android itself and battery drain for background applications and Google apps themselves. Google need to fix this and then we can talk about the when the manufacturers should and shouldn't be doing. I can close down all the apps on my phone but within about 10 minutes 40+ apps are active again for no apparent reason, not only obvious system apps but also a lot of downloaded apps with notifications disabled, it makes no sense.

11. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Erm... The article mentions phone manufacturers in general. Not only Android phone manufactures. Let's not forget that the iPhone with its "beautifully" optimised OS is still pretty poor performer in battery life. Also I don't remember any Windows Phone battery champion either.

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