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

0. phoneArena posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:20

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...

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posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:31 11

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:44

4. Nematc (Posts: 28; Member since: 02 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:04

7. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 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!

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:28 2

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 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?

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 08:26 1

23. tiberium3091 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Nov 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 08:43 1

24. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Thanks for the suggestion! I will try it.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 08:59

26. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 09:15

28. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 14:31 1

54. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 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

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 20:31

64. rpm048 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:36 2

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 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

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:57 2

18. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 09:02 2

27. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 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).

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 09:45

33. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 10:44

35. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 11:00

38. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

What are my lies?


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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 11:47

44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 12:19 1

47. tedkord (Posts: 14114; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 14:01

53. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

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

+1 ted.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 14:37

55. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 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).

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 20:34

65. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 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?

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 09:17

30. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 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).

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 16:48

58. adk199 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Oct 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:37 2

3. jian9007 (Posts: 24; Member since: 20 Nov 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:45

14. mr.techdude (Posts: 571; Member since: 19 Nov 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....

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:55

17. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:45 1

5. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 11:39 1

41. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 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.

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 06:48

6. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 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.........

posted on 28 Nov 2013, 07:11 1

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Yes, battery is important these days.

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