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Phone Battery Life
Subject of the week | Describe past technologies you miss.
Here's something I miss: good battery life on my mobile phone. I remember my old Nokia cell phones and how I'd get to measure battery life in days. Those things could go a week straight with no charging needed! Whereas my iPhone pretty much needs to be charged nightly. Granted, I still think the extra capabilities are a good trade-off, but I keep hoping we can manage to get battery tech improved to the point where modern smartphones can have battery life comparable to older cell phones.

Think we'll get there, or will the demands of smartphone power usage keep increasing such that battery life continues to stay put?
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by:John
I get better life with my iPhone SE. Why?  Apple stuffed a 6s into 5 case (not 5s case). So my case is thicker and smaller and the video is smaller and the battery is bigger. Ergo good battery life.
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by:Brian Matis
Yeah, but can you get 5 days?
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by:John
No. 2 days yes, but not more. Any smart phone needs to be charged nightly.
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by:John
The first phone I had was a Motorola phone. Not flip, Not smart, just a phone and it was only good for 2 days. I replaced the battery once to get more life, but that was a lost cause.

If I use my iPhone a lot (depletes the battery) I get almost as much battery life from my X1 Carbon (about 5 hours). The phone will certainly go longer but the battery life is less than 50% after 5 hours of heavy use.
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by:Brian Matis
My first was a Nokia and that thing could manage to go 5 days without a charge. It could even play Snake! Sure, I still wouldn't go back to that over my iPhone, but don't you think an iPhone with more than 2 days life would be nice? Imagine not having to take chargers with you for weekend trips!
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by:John
It would be nice for sure but it has never happened.

I can get by with just a USB cable because my ThinkPad now and the one before (spare) have always ON USB ports so I can carry a 45-watt AC adapter (tiny adapter) and charge both my laptop and phone.
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