As technology evolves, the battery life of mobile devices seems to regress to a near primitive form, struggling to get a mere 2 hours of operating time out of the modern day lavish aesthetics of a smartphone. It’s frustrating we know – something so technically advanced having flaws such as insufficient battery life is completely befuddling. It’s like packing a Ferrari with a Smart Car engine. Why? For the sake of a sleek design and ergonomics?
We’ve seen the multitude of articles lambasting the iPhone 4, 5 and 6’s batteries, in fact they’ve flooded our social media timelines for what seems a lifetime now. And as helpful as some of the tips list have been to try and counter this by buying certain aids like miniscule battery packs and dimming your settings to save battery power, it all still seems like it could have been prevented somewhere down the line.
Yes, we’d all moan if the Apple developers released an ugly product that didn’t embody everything that an amateur tech hack thought should be exhibited on the latest model, or even some of the lesser smartphones. But what should the developers really be focusing on improving with these upcoming releases? We know that they’ll never risk sacrificing their aesthetical visions for functionality but how long before the consumer begins to become disgruntled by this major flaw in its design?
Firstly, not only were people aggrieved by the lack of development with the battery power of the iPhone 5 to the latest model, Apple didn’t do themselves any favors at all when they had to recall “affected” iPhone units last year. Some of the device’s batteries didn’t even last for the stated two-hour period, which meant Apple came under fire once again, for their ill-performing handset.
Secondly, one of the most frustrating pieces of advice from websites that’s often banded about is that by buying technical aids, you can help maintain your battery life for more than the derisory two-hour period. External power banks are great but why should we have to invest in a device like this for such a high-end product such as the iPhone? It doesn’t make any sense.
However, possibly the most frustrating issue is when you do finally look to charge your iPhone handset after it has failed on you again, no matter what model it is, it takes approximately 45 minutes to charge 20%. Compare that to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which takes only 30 minutes to charge 50%, it’s just crazy. Yes, we understand that the phones are different, and that the iPhone is most people’s choice of mobile but why aren’t we getting results? Shouldn’t the iPhone be outperforming other smartphones?
As developers seem to be losing the battle against battery deficiencies and have their hearts set more on building a fancy product that the world wants to see aesthetically. The consumer will continue to bumble through the day getting increasingly angrier at the inadequate battery life of one of technology’s flagship devices of the 21st century. Would Steve Jobs have tolerated such failures in this department? In short: no.
And instead of helping us find out what apps are draining our battery, maybe the answer is to just improve its specifications. In this day and age we shouldn’t be constantly challenged by a device, which is not only an aid to help us make phone calls but something that has become a vital part of all forms of our daily life.
Thanks to @WrittenbyJenni for sending this in.