Smartphones are improving at a breathtaking pace: however, people still complain about poor battery life.
Unlike other smartphone features, battery technology isn’t improving at the same pace. Generally speaking, the larger the battery, the higher the capacity. The never ending quest to make smartphones lighter and thinner gets in the way of high battery life.
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Here are some other reasons why smartphones still have relatively poor battery life, and what to do about it.
Changing usage patterns
Not too far back, you needed a laptop in order to shop online, pay bills etc. Fast forward to now and smartphones are a quicker and more convenient way of conducting online activities. As a result, we use them more often. Therefore, it can feel as if your smartphone is suffering from poor battery life. Remember, all those selfies, videos and notifications use energy.
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More powerful hardware and demands
Each year tech brands develop better screens, faster hardware, and faster internet browsing speeds. This is very taxing on the battery. For example, the higher a smartphone’s resolution, the more energy is required.
The latest smartphones are so powerful that they can leave most mid range laptops in the dust. In fact 8GB and 12GB RAM phones are on the horizon. Until thicker phones come into fashion, we will continue to suffer from poor battery life.
Most apps are constantly try to find new information to serve. For instance, the Facebook app downloads the first few seconds of videos as you scroll. Your email client keeps in constant communication with servers.
You could turn off background sync, but this would mean that you miss out on ‘important’ notifications. Saying that, I found that this made a dramatic difference to my battery life.
Here is how to do it:
1) Open “Settings”
2) Tap on “General”
3) Tap on “Users and accounts” and untick “Autosync accounts”
1) Open “Settings”
2) Tap on “General”
3) Tap on “Background app refresh” and toggle the switch to off.
Many decades ago, tech companies liked to build products which would last for as long as possible. This built confidence in their products and expanded their reputation. One of my uncles owned the very first Nokia and still refuses to use any other brand. He is convinced that they are the best and “indestructible”.
Modern day smartphones are built to be replaced in the future. It isn’t a coincidence that there are fewer new smartphones with removable batteries. The hope is that you upgrade once the battery gets too poor for everyday use. The average smartphone upgrade cycle is 21 months. Smartphone batteries are designed to last for between a year and 18 months. Coincidence?
Smartphones have also gotten more fragile, so that you need to buy a case. Tech companies make a lot of money from selling cases, and other accessories. The profit margins on accessories can be much better than the phone.
This isn’t a critique of the current tech landscape. It costs a lot of money to develop outstanding phones, and people want the latest and greatest. Tech brands are simply responding to what customers want and the need to make a profit.
3 tips fro a dramatic boost in battery life:
1) Save your favourite articles to your phone using the Pocket app. I use this every morning while having breakfast. This saves batery life and data.
2) Download music and videos instead of streaming every time. Netflix, Youtube Music and Sportify have a download option. Use it to download your favourite content so you don't have to stream it everytime. Streaming uses a lot of battery life.
3) One of my friends drops incredibly large videos into our group chat. They take a long time to download and kil my battery. After turning off auto downloads, this is no longer a problem. Follow the links to turn off auto downloads on Facebook and Whatsapp.
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Do you have a phone which has such terrible battery life that you can’t wait to upgrade? Let the community know in the comments section below.