Have you ever run into problems getting your Android device to just last throughout the day? I run into these frustration daily because my smartphone is my access to work, whether it be for answering emails, replying to texts, jotting down notes, and etc. Since these are elements pertinent to my job, I can’t have my smartphone dying around mid-day. And a lot of you might be able to resonate with that.
The problem isn’t that we use our smartphones so much, though. It’s that we’re sporting the latest and greatest that not only have similar specs to our laptops, but also have the gorgeous and behemoth 5.5-inch display. That’s a lot of power and pixels to push, and thus, takes a big toll on battery life. Fortunately, there are ways to maximize the life we get out of our smartphones, whether they be mid-range or high-end devices.
Earlier today, Samsung announced that a replacement battery for the new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will cost $45. Whilst that may seem a little on the cheap side, customers will also have to cover the cost of shipping, which is currently unknown, but not likely to be inexpensive seeing as you’ll have to pay to have the value of your handset protected by insurance, too.
According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal earlier today, Google has a group of researchers working on future battery technology for use in its upcoming devices. The team of four reportedly got together in late 2012, with former Apple battery expert Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj at the helm.
While all the buzz and hype at the MWC will be about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, Kyocera promises to grab our attention with its new smartphone. Unlike other flagships which are all about the specs sheet, the Kyocera offering will reportedly be able to charge itself using solar energy. Read more
Reports over the past few weeks have suggested that Samsung could be using a smaller sized battery than expected with the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship. Today, we have confirmation of that coming straight from a supply chain which clearly shows the 2,600 mAh battery pack that is expected to be used on the handset. Read more
If you’re like me, you love technology. Unfortunately, if you’re like me, you also are strapped for cash. As any lover of tech knows, these two things don’t mesh together very well. The life of a technophile with a budget is a sad one indeed. The solution to this dilemma is, of course, to purchase and use lower-end devices with weaker specs and features. Since I’ve been living this life for a while, I’ve found out the hard way which features and specs to skimp on and which ones must always be a priority. Flashy cameras, brilliant displays, and blisteringly fast processors can be sacrificed in the name of saving a dollar, but the following cannot.
Apps are easily the biggest draw of owning a smartphone, but unfortunately, they can also be what hinders the performance of our devices, too. AVG anonymously collected data from over 1 million smartphone and tablet users to measure just which apps drained battery the fastest and used up the most storage space, and the results are pretty interesting. Read more
A new leak about the upcoming Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon indicates the battery will be a massive 3,900mAh unit. This should provide plenty of battery life for the DROID TURBO. Last year’s DROID MAXX had a 3,500mAh battery and was one of the larger batteries on the market. Combined with a possible QHD display and 3GB of RAM, the DROID TURBO could find itself competing at the high end of the market.
According to a LG press release, the company will now be including an extra battery and charging cradle with the purchase of a new G3.
The promotional period starts today, but only goes until Sept. 22, so you have some time to decide if you want to go in on the G3.
The free extra battery and charging cradle are valued at a total of $70, so this is a pretty solid offering from LG.
Source: PR Newswire
Earlier today iFixit reported on the results of their teardown of the Motorola Moto 360. Achieving a score of only 3 out of 10 for repairability, Motorola was in for more criticism when the iFixit team noted the battery was labeled as 300mAh. This was at odds with Motorola’s stated specs for the device indicating it had a 320mAh battery. That is not a big difference, but given the battery already appears to be a weak point for the device, this discrepancy did not help and set off a mini-firestorm of complaints around the Internet. Motorola has now responded to explain the discrepancy. Read more