Deciding on smartphone form factor over battery life

By Posted 20 Feb 2012, 15:08

The smartphones that are being released to the market are getting slimmer and more powerful all the time. Trouble is this can be at the expense of battery life for the device, as well as raise fears of the handset being too fragile. Today we are looking at the decisions in choosing a slim smartphone over extra battery life.

Manufactures continue to produce new smartphones with ever increasing processor power, but the trouble is battery technology has seemingly been left behind. It is not just the slimmest handsets that have had some issues with battery life as the current iPhone model has also had its problems.

Another change with handsets in recent times is the growing trend of non-removable batteries, which also allows for thinner devices. Batteries eventually lose their efficiency over time and with a removable unit they can be replaced with a new unit, and sometimes a more powerful battery.

Recent new smartphones such as the Motorola Droid 4 and Droid RAZR now have batteries that cannot be removed. Motorola has made up for this in a way with the release of the Droid RAZR MAXX that comes packing a huge 3,300 mAh battery. In tests the device has been found to offer a big increase in time between charges.

There will be many smartphone owners who prefer a slimmer form factor at the expense of battery life, but having a device that is only slightly thicker could make a big difference. Another worry with the slimmer handset can be how strong it is. The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the slimmest handsets available but has often been criticized for its fragile feel by some users.

With regards to battery life there are a number of things users can do to get more time out of there device. Turning things such as Bluetooth, WI-Fi and LTE radios off when not needed can extend battery life. There are special applications that turn off other apps that are still running in the background are often suggested, but there has been some doubt how much difference these actually make recently.

Turning down the brightness of the screen can be another help but not always practical. On newer Android handsets there is a Power Saver mode that helps users to manage the devices power. The feature automatically stops apps updating in the background, disables on-screen animations, dims the display, turns off vibration, and lowers the screen timeout setting. This feature normally activates once your battery level falls to twenty percent, but can be set at thirty percent.

Hopefully we will begin to see more devices like the Motorola RAZR MAXX and new battery technology, in the meantime take part in our poll below and tell us what you think about the matter.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TheRealElliot Elliot Lee

    The only reason I went for a Blackberry smart phone was the battery life, I need to be able to use and receive calls 24/7 for my business, no other smart phone offered nearly 4 days between charges with a fair amount of usage, most of the other smart phones would struggle with out being charged every night with the same amount of use I get out of my BB.