The importance of mobile phone battery life & screen size

In this day and age of the smartphone we all know that the main let down when if comes to any handset has to be the battery life, most smartphones simply don’t deliver enough battery life and constantly require charging if you use the handset on a regular basis, and this will continue to be the case until such times as battery makers can come up with better mobile batteries.

Much of the poor battery stakes seems to be down to what your device is running along with the size of the screen, well you can sort out what is running by turning off stuff but you can’t alter the size of the display unfortunately.

Of course poor battery life affects all platforms whether you are on Android, Windows Phone or iOS, and there are several apps out there that claim to help extend battery life, but apps simple don’t go far enough.

For example, the latest Motorola smartphone, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display along with a whopping 3300mAh battery that is said to deliver up to 21.5 hours of talk time, whilst the iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch LED-backlit IPS TFT display and a 1432mAh battery said to deliver up to 40 hours talk time, but in reality do these deliver on the battery life side?

The rumours surrounding the iPhone 5 indicate that the iOS smartphone may come with a larger display with 4-inch being touted and that the iPhone 5 could possible have improved battery life by way of hydrogen fuel cell tech, but again this is just speculation. But whatever Apple delivers with the iPhone 5 it will need to be more substantial for users.

Whenever a new smartphone hits the mobile space usually it is followed by numerous complaints about poor battery life such as seen with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 800, and the battery problem finally gets sorted with an update fix.

But what the smartphone space needs is bigger smartphone batteries and or start reducing the size of smartphone screens.

So we’d like to ask our readers whether they be Android, Windows Phone, iOS users or other, if you are more interested in longer battery life on a new smartphone or whether you believe bigger display screen are more important, should screen sizes get bigger at the expense of battery life or should battery life come first? Feel free to voice your opinions to our comments area below.

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2 thoughts on “The importance of mobile phone battery life & screen size”

  1. Tdmayhew says:

    For phones, the screen size is not to important, but for the features I need to use a smartphone for, the screen needs to be larger and this trumps battery life. The answer is to improve battery life not shrink screens. I am using a 4.3 inch screen, but need a larger screen without sacrificing pocketability. I am waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note with its 5.3 inch screen in the US.

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