In today’s Wall Street Journal there is an article about poor battery life on smart phones. 4G sucks the battery very dry, very quickly.
One of the biggest complaints users have always had with smart phones is battery life. They just don’t last the entire day.
There is nothing worse than having a phone that is dead for part of the day.
However the problem is not just 4G. Apple iPhone has had problems with battery life for years and this was not a 4G phone.
Part of the blame is the speed of the networks. The phone continually searches for a faster signal. We should be able to engineer devices that use power more efficiently.
A large part of the blame comes from the battery itself. The battery industry has been trying to extend the life without extending the size and the weight and they have done a pretty dismal job for quite a while.
I have been complaining about this topic for many years.
Battery power on regular wireless phones last for many days, even weeks. That is because they only connect when you place a call. That is what users expect.
The problem comes from the smart phone segment that the industry has been pushing on the marketplace for years. Smart phones have short battery life.
Everything else in the industry get’s better, but battery life seems to get worse.
If the industry is not really ready because of battery life, then why is it continually trying to push faster devices that use more power on the marketplace?
This is one of the serious problems with the wireless industry. It’s all about pushing out the next generation of technology to increase earnings, even if the technology is not ready yet and it ticks customers off.
So the customer has the choice. Either a smart phone with terrible battery life, or a regular wireless phone with great battery life. What we should do is carry a plain phone with long battery life, and a separate smart phone for everything else we do. At least when that battery dies we can still make a call.
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