Poll results: Do you care if your phone gets hot under pressure?


Thermal imaging is at its fine point with smartphones, as we can't imagine a better use of it than measuring how much our handsets heat under gaming pressure. With today's powerful mobile processors, often running at 2GHz+ maximums, heat is an inevitable byproduct, but some phones warm up more than others. The metal ones usually have superior heat dissipation, but their chassis might get too hot for comfortable holding, while the plastic ones may feel just warm in the same conditions, yet they leave the heat trapped inside, which doesn't bode well for the silicon's longevity.

The best scenario is that the chipset doesn't overheat in the first place, yet in light of recent reports about phones with the initial Snapdragon 810 batches - a chipset that will be in many a flagship this season - we wanted to ask you if you care how warm your phone gets to the touch. Manufacturers use many tricks to limit overheating, like throttling the processing power when things get out of control, but this isn't the best solution, as it might be a hindrance to your gaming sessions, for instance. 

This is why we asked you last week if you care how hot and bothered your mobile gets. The overwhelming majority of our respondents voted that they do notice and do care if their phone gets too warm to the touch, so manufacturers should take note, and redesign those scorching hot handsets for better heat management when needed.

Do you care if your phone gets hot under pressure?

Yes, it's annoying, some get too hot
81.63%
No, I barely notice it
18.37%

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17 Comments

1. Tom1206

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

Soooo surprising... :D

2. FluffyBled unregistered

It is actually ... 81% only?!?!?!

4. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

We are talking about 2°C diferense here, its for laughs realy

6. FluffyBled unregistered

That wasn't the case when the sd810 was clocked to 2.0Ghz

7. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

especially when s810 was meant to be cooler and more energy efficient.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

AnandTech says the M9's 810 never goes over 1.6Ghz now Before when it was allowed to go up to 2Ghz Tweakers reported 55.4°C That's ~15°C higher than the rest AnandTech even said "I can’t help but feel that Snapdragon 805 ends up being a better choice than Snapdragon 810" Qualcomm messed something up The very similar 5433 (Exynos Note 4) didn't overheat They need to release the 808 or 815 fast

3. Sauce5 unregistered

Was riding shot gun today actually and holding my buddies S4 using G maps to get around (he didn't have a car mount or anything for his phone), and it got pretty damn hot. But whatever..#firstworldproblems.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

My iPad gets hot when I play graphic intensive games on it, but its nothing OTT. Its not like my palms are burning.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Careful, you could get sweaty palms from the heat.

8. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

motorola phones hardly get hot and i'm pretty sure about it

14. Wrightdj21

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

That's not true my wife has the droid turbo and that thing gets way hotter then my g3 but not all turn is do that I'm sure

11. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I cook my pizza over my galaxy tab 10s and it tastes sooooo good and crunchy!

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well all electronics will heat up under a heavy load. That's the way it's always been. Unless isn't burning my hand (which a phone has done to me before) I don't mind if it gets a little hot.

13. _moboy

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

I mind a lot (though it doesn't actually affect my usage). I just care for the phone's health ^^

15. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

i wonder if microsoft phones get hot

16. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I hope in the future they can fix the heating issue.

17. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Why do a poll on such an obvious question? I'm guessing the other 18% were just trolling. Oh sure let my phone burn through the table, I barely notice anyway.

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