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

67. steelew

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

make the phone a tad thicker and give me a bigger battery, also don't load crapware that is pinging some server somewhere or wake locking my phone all the time.

66. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

They stupid enough follows the mainstreams

65. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

They stupid enough follows the mainstreams

63. J3amos

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 05, 2015

OEMs : why bother they will just buy whatever crap we sell to them!

62. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

This is a bit of a no-brainer poll ain't it?

59. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Well Samsung improved battery life on Note 5 by around 8% compared to Note 4 but stupidly went and cancelled that by putting a smaller battery in. And that's the problem where manufacturers are so obsessed with making the phones thin they'll just continue shrinking the battery to where you will always be stuck with just about a day's use if you're not a heavy user.

58. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Battery size and all their skins and software is on them. The base coding of Android however is on Google, and one of the best things about Android is also one of the things that kills battery life. It also falls on app developers as well who don't give users the ability to update widgets sparingly. They could probably do a better job coding their apps and widgets as well. There's a lot of blame to go around. Bare bones with no other apps than what came with the phone, My Lumia 1520 will easily outlast a Note 4 every single time and it all comes down to software.

57. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Would demand at least 4 days of battery life no matter what kinds of tasks throw to it.

56. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

My poor Xperia can reach 2 days with light weigh tasks...

55. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Im yet to find a flagship device that can't get me through one days use. I charge every night like a normal person does. I own an iPhone 5S and a Galaxy S6 and both get me 4.5-5 hours on screen time. Bad user habits are more to blame for claims of poor battery life than anything else. Folks that leave Bluetooth, GPS, and Wifi on all the time even while out, and don't close out apps that waste CPU cycles running in the background can't even see the problem when its looking at them in the mirror.

54. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Chinese companies are seat a better job in terms of battery concerns have 5000mah battery problem is that the smartphone measures 9.9mm thick and nobody wants a brick. Besides there is not much confidence in these oppo brand is a brand that I hear a lot from their smartphone but would not buy because I think that here in the US there is no support for that brand.

52. Alteran

Posts: 13; Member since: May 08, 2013

Samsung is always pushing the envelope well.... usually phonearena com/news/Samsungs-new-battery-tech-can-fit-4000-mA​h-in-the-size-of-the-Galaxy-S6-juicer_id70882

51. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

These other manufactures need to get ahold of SONY and figure out what theyre doing. I just switched back to my Z3 from the G4. I couldnt take WORRYING about it all day. There were days that I had it at 15% by 1 or 2pm I could make it til late evening.. if I: Keep the brightness below 30 Keep GPS off Keep Google Now off Keep clearing out apps Or, on my SONY, I just turn it on.. and use it. And at midnight, I plug it in.

50. Valoni

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

For battery is Cubot H1 with 5200 mAh battery and its just 9.2mm thickness, with fast charging.

39. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Sony had improve so much for the last 4 years. My older Xperia Ray cant even last one day with normal use but my Z3 Compact can last 2 days minimum with heavy usage.

38. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

They are doing more to ruin battery life. Making 2k displays without corresponding increase in battery capacity. Not optimising their apps for battery life (except sony) Prioritising thinness over battery life. (Oppo, vivo, samsung, apple are guilty here)

35. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

enough with the specs race already, Battery life is whats needed

34. Guaire

Posts: 900; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Fault doesn't belongs to manufacturers. Most of people are hypocrites. Thinner and lighter phones sells. Crazy display resolutions sells. Power hungry chips sells.

28. mixedfish

Posts: 1574; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Dumb question, it's like asking how much money is enough, the answer will always be never enough.

24. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

No, they are not. And they don't have to. Because Apple doesn't.

23. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

there is new tech coming out..like SSD li-on battery which is 50% smaler to size then todays battery but with same mAh.. just love to have that in a smartphone! imagine a 5000mAh in samsung S6!

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Battery is the best mean to limit device lifespan, sealing them up adding drop sensor and other anti tempering electronic are top priorities. Even my 2008 Macbook Pro with removable battery pack know that i have ever drop its battery pack once resulting in an alert that would not go away.

20. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

29. mixedfish

Posts: 1574; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

ZeroLemon type devices would only reduce the lifespan of the battery. Think about it, you're constantly recharging the internal battery at the 100% level 24/7.

33. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

You obviously didn't click the above link. ZeroLemon have 2 types of battery. One is for non-removeable battery type such as the Galaxy S6 or iphone. and YES, YOU WERE RIGHT. ZeroLemon + non-removeable battery is bad. But, I was talking about the other kind of ZeroLemon battery. The replacement type. The one that you need to take out your small original battery and replace it with gigantic 10,000mAH ZeroLemon battery, or 8500mAH in case of LG G4

19. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

We should be asking who is making the batteries and supplying them to the OEM's. It's not like Samsung or OnePlus has a chemical plant that makes these batteries. Someone is supplying them these batteries. I think some OEM's just contract the cheapest tender to supply them with batteries. It's like Energizer Vs Duracell. Guaranteed Motorola (who i love) uses cheap ass batteries.

49. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

LG make there own battery thats i know for others no clue.

17. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

They improve the efficiency then make the battery smaller.

13. TerryTerius unregistered

IMO, this assumption that manufacturers compete tooth and nail on everything else but there's a massive industry wide conspiracy to stymie battery tech seems... Unlikely to me. This question is predicated on us knowing what they are and aren't doing with their research into batteries.... Which we don't. Perceptions don't always equal reality. I want them to do all they can, but I don't know that they aren't either. But yeah, more energy dense batteries and faster charging would always be welcome and encouraged.

12. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I'm waiting for the first screen which is a solar panel also... Anyway I don't really appreciate this thinner thinner thinner trend. It is not so great to hold them either... I would definitely go with a thicker one with more juice (and bigger camera sensor and lens...)

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