Survey shows battery life to be the single main gripe of today's mobile phone user

Survey shows battery life to be the single main gripe of today's mobile phone user

A survey among 3500 phone users in US, UK, Germany and UAE, showed that it's not processor speeds and screen quality that are the major concerns of the typical user, although we tech blogs often pay the utmost attention to those, nor are the camera capabilities:



People apparently care a lot that their phones last as long as possible on a charge, and they come in a durable chassis that is not easy to break and scuff. From the other considerations when choosing a mobile phone, "the majority of us chose our current mobile phones for ease of use; seven in ten (70%) of respondents rated this as an essential consideration, more important even than price (63%), look/design (49%) and brand (45%)."

Of course, the survey is made by CAT, which makes durable Android phones, but the end results sound about right for what people look most in a phone these days. Processor speeds and screen quality have already reached and even exceeded the level that makes a notable difference, but design, durability and above all, battery life, are the new frontiers for phone makers at large. Would you agree that battery life is becoming the main concern of phone users these days?


source: CAT

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68 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Speaking of battery life, the battery life on my Xperia Z sucks. My next phone must have a good battery life.

4. Nematc

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Same here with a Galaxy Note (1) . I am not only planned for a good battery life phone but also recommending friends and relatives to consider battery life as the first priority to purchase a new smart phone.

7. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Slightly less than a day for my Indian branded 2000mAh phablet. Well I keep an additional battery just in case.. Will probably go for Nokia 1320 when they launch it. I wonder how long a 3400 mAh cell will last!

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Good for you! I think the 3400 mAh on the Lumia 1320 will last long because it doesn't have beastly specs. By the way, is your Indian phablet called Micromax Canvas Doodle?

23. tiberium3091

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 22, 2013

Hmm... My ZL easily lasts through a day. or at least till 6-7PM with very heavy usage. Try using your PC to charge it fully. I heard it helps with Li-ion battery's as they like slow charging.

24. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Thanks for the suggestion! I will try it.

26. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Just buy a droid max version, they will literally last days and they are pretty much on point now software and hardware wise. Only problem is verizon seems to be hordeing them.

28. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I know, but I'm not from the US so I can't buy a Droid Max.

54. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

In this case Note 3 is the best option bcoz there gonna be 6500mah third party bettery available soon. Though it will add some weight and thickness but still worth lasting 4 days of charging

64. rpm048

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

same i have xperia z heavy usage.. it will last through out the day. Root your phone and download greenify.

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Manufacturers should definitely focus on battery life on their next phones, I don't care how thick it's gonna be. I always charge my phone 3-4 times a day and it takes too long to wait for it to fully charge

18. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Then an iPhone would be the perfect fit for you. Its battery duration comes from brutal efficiency with relatively small capacity. (less than 1600) And small capacity means quick charge. Most people seem to ignore this factor though.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, and most reviews do too since they show the iPhone is literally the same as every other phone. Grab a droid max version if you want a decent phone with a long battery life. Otherwise you could take the iPhone route but then what is the point if you sacrifice screen and function for mediocre battery life still (might as well get another feature phone).

33. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Small screen is a design decision. A variation would be very nice though. But the true reason behind Android's bigger screen/battery is that no OEM(even Sammy) can go toe-to-toe with iPhone in the same league. They are currently all avoiding competing Apple directly. We gonna see how Apple devastates Android's fragile dominance with the upcoming iPhone6 with bigger screen while the transition to 64-bit renders Android extremely vulnerable. HTC will collapse, Sony may abandon the business, Motorola/LG will have hard time surviving the changes, Sammy will be unable to charge any premium for Galaxy S6..... That kinda sucks. Apple is truly horrifying.

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You're so confident into believing your own lies its really sad actually.

38. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

What are my lies? http://www.realworldtech.com/arm64/2/ States change requires exception level handling which consumes lots of cycles and power on 64-bit ARM. And Android needs lots of it. 64-bit is a dead end for Android.

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Google will shine in 2014. That's all I'm going to say. "iPhone 6 will devastate Android." That's been said for every iPhone launch since the 4S, in case you didn't know.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The actual true reason is that Samsung predicted correctly that the market would want bigger screens on media devices, while Apple got caught napping. But please, continue to delude yourself.

53. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He's only believing what he wants to believe. Who takes this guy seriously? +1 ted.

55. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Man, Apple is scary, in that they have crazy people like you as their primary zealots. I don't even know if you yourself believe half the crap you say or maybe you dug the whole too deep and have choice but to keep digging. But still, everyone finds a way because that is how humanity works. I don't care if we get 64 bit in 2 years, it hasn't done crap for Apple (beyond what you delude yourself into believing). The transition will happen because a lot of talented people work at google and no matter how you spin that crap, they'll find a way. Finally, next year Apple will once again disappoint because that is all they have done and will do. You will be one of those that defend their BS and tell us about the year AFTER when Apple will make a comeback (and so on). Watch Apple make another amazing buggy and retarded transition into a 6 inch space. Also, no one scared of Apple in any space, they just don't want to compete so heavily in the niche 2 inch screen space. Yet now that they have entrenched the top end, they are coming for Apple's main ground (but not that close, they're still going for 4.3 and higher space, you can have tiny screen land still).

65. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

People can bash Apple as much as they want. Apple can afford keeping its own pace. 3G -> 3GS : ARMv7 (Cortex) ->4 : new design, higher resolution ->4S : dual core, Siri ->5 : higher resolution, 16:9 screen ratio, new design ->5s : ARMv8, TouchID ->6 : ???? It's not hard to recognize the consistency and pattern : Higher resolution + new form factor. Apple has been consistently preparing to launch a major invasion. Even the 5c indicates there will be two new models. One in current size and the other one in a new, aggressive form factor. And Android is standing there naked with nothing really new to offer, depleted, exhausted. Ring the bell?

30. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

The nice thing about the iPhone lineup is that they have better fitting battery cases that aren't too bulky compared to those made for other phones (if they are made at all).

58. adk199

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

My LG G2 charges from 5% to full in 75 minutes and last 24-48 hours minimum depending on my activity. If i feel i'm running low one day it's easy to change a setting and it will last for quite a while more. It barely uses power when it's not used. Key is Qualcomm's work with the Snapdragon 800 processor and LG's work with the battery. Apple isn't close in any aspect.

3. jian9007

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

It's a big concern of mine, and was a deciding factor on my getting the Note 3 instead of the Nexus 5. Larger capacity battery that can also be swapped out for an even larger one if desired. 13 and a half hours today of moderate use with lots of screen time and still have 73% left. Definitely important. It puzzles me that so many OEM's want to update everything but put small batteries in their flagship phones. Note 3 and LG G2 (albeit with a .5" smaller screen that uses battery) are the two best flagships out now with battery life in my opinion. And yes, I know the Droid Maxx has great battery life but I'm talking about 1080P screens with quad-core processor high-end specced phones.

14. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

You for got the one max where it last slightly more or less then note 3 and more then g2, but spec wise the one max is not up there. If only it had s800 and a 8 oR more megapixels, if only....if.....only....

17. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I definitely agree. It's sad that among many android devices, only a small mount have above average battery life. Unfortunately the size of the Note doesn't make the best of options for many. 3000mAh should be the standard for 2014 flagships.

5. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

We've been down this road before. Larger batteries don't equate to longer life. Larger phones need larger batteries. So while batteries maybe getting larger, the devices are so powerful, that it negates the size of the battery. Most consumers are still charging their devices at the same cycle rate as of when the devices were smaller. It's a wash. So each time we charge our phones, the life of the battery is slowly shortened. Until a better way to power our phones is found, batteries need to stay accessible to consumers for easy swap. I am on a guest to litter the web of this argument and it is slowly starting to sink in that an expensive device such as a phone shouldn't be rendered useless due to failed or weak battery. It is a matter of time before consumers snap and demand removable batteries again such as my friend with his phone that has a sealed battery. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! John B.

41. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

How about just making the phones thicker? I keep seeing all of these new phones that look thinner than a supermodel after a crash diet. Add a little thickness, so that my phone isn't down to 60% by the time I get to work using my GPS app.

6. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Lenovo P780 with 4000MAh battery is one of the best phone out there in battery enduarance, very good backup even after heavy usage it needs to be charged once in two days, and with moderate usage it can go on for about more than three days........and even with such a huge battery it's not so much thick, other manufacturers should surely try to include atleast 3000Mah battery in their phones.........

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, battery is important these days.

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