Phone Batteries Are Getting Worse, Not Better

As we continue to grow more and more dependent on mobile technology, it also becomes more and more evident the importance of long battery life.  And in this fast-paced world, phone makers continue to promise “all-day” battery life, but when you turn your new flagship phone on, are you really going to an entire day’s use out of it?

As a matter of fact, tests on new batteries suggest they may actually be worse than older battery models.

Now, simply building a stronger battery is not all that simple.  The more power you want from a battery—and the longer life you want—the bigger that battery has to be, generally speaking.  But there is more to it; after all, batteries—in general—improve at a rather slow pace.  And, unfortunately, they are not usually able to keep up with the rate of technology.

After all, users want faster processing speeds, better multitasking capabilities, crystal-clear high-resolution screens, and professional cameras for their phones.  This means that phone has to be able to not only manage basic communication applications, but also run graphics chips, sound cards, and more: all at the same time.

In fact, phone makers do all kinds of different things in an attempt to boost battery life. For one, manufacturers can develop and install more efficient processors to utilize energy in better ways.  Also, they can program low-power modes and smart background programs that can actually monitor and maintain app drain.

Yes, lithium-ion batteries can manage long periods of use; and their fast-charging capabilities are making it easier than ever to travel and commute with a fully-charged phone.  But, of course, lithium-ion batteries—in all their wonderful versatility—have their limitations.  And, accordingly, they also have a risk of explosion if they are damaged or even if you do not dispose of them properly.

Where does this leave us?

Well, for now at least, it is important for consumers to recognize that whatever promises a manufacturer makes about battery-life should be taken with a grain of salt.  This is not necessarily because they are flat-out lying, but it is hard to anticipate battery use since every person uses their phones in different ways. However, if you want to ensure you get the most battery life out of your phone, one thing you can do is opt for one that does not have high-resolution or OLED screens.  Of course, you can also simply turn down the brightness or just look at it less, to save battery.