Smartphone battery life: 2 problems, 4 fixes (Smartphones Unlocked)

This is Great Information…

Battery life on smartphones is generally terrible, and everyone knows it. Here’s  why, and who is trying to fix it.

Imagine a smartphone that charges completely in five  minutes and lasts a full 10 hours before running on empty. Crazy, right? Toting  along the charging cord is just another part of life with 4G streaming and a  power-hungry screen.

Back in January, Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx offered the first real glimmer of hope for long-life batteries with the 3,300mAh ticker that dwarfed the battery in any other available handset — it ran for 19 hours in CNET’s tests, a longevity that hasn’t been reproduced since.

That leaves the question I get asked over and over again:  why is it taking so long for batteries to catch up to all the other advances in  smartphone technology?

Read more: 1o Hours on Video?

by Jessica Dolcourt September 3, 2012 6:00 PM PDT