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									                                                                                                                           09/08/2011 04:59

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                                                                              Sorry, I had some more ideas, but my smartphone
                Top 10 Ways to Save Battery Life on Your Smart-               ran out of power while I was typing. Seriously, how
                phone                                                         did battery life become a joke?

                10. Play a tune inside your head but keep your head-          Let me give you an example. I put a brand-new
                phones plugged in—just so you can still look cool.            Android phone on my nightstand with about half
                                                                              a charge left before I go to sleep and set the alarm.
                9. Turn off push e-mail and manually sync each                6 a.m. rolls around and I happen to wake up. The
                time you open your inbox. Then try to guess how               alarm was supposed to go off 15 minutes ago! Did I
                many new messages will arrive. Fun!                           set it to p.m. by mistake? Nope, the device was just
                                                                              dead. This is not progress.
                8. Keep all phone conversations under 15 seconds.
                They’ll get the gist. (You: “How are the kids?” Her:          Today the smartphone wars are all about who has
                “Good.” You: “I got offered that promotion!” Her:             the fastest dual-core processor, the biggest and
                “Great!” You: “But we’ve got to move tomorrow.”               highest-res screen, and the sharpest camera and
                Her “What?!” You: “Talk soon!”)                               camcorder. But what good are all these whiz-bang
                                                                              features and horsepower if you need to reach for
                                                                              an outlet by lunchtime? For me, a true super phone
                7. Check into places by just yelling to everyone in the       is a device that will get you through most of the day

                establishment that you’ve arrived. Then proclaim              on a charge.
                that you’re the mayor.
                                                                              This is what passes for normal now. Last week, I
                                                                              unplugged a Motorola Photon 4G phone at 6 a.m. I
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                                                                              used the device intermittently during my commute


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                Smartphone Battery Life Become a Joke | Battery Wiki

                (mostly for listening to music with the Spotify app)           fers up to 9 hours of talk time. But on our battery
                and then during breakfast when I got to the office to          test, which involves continuous web surfing over
                read a few online articles. By 10 a.m., I had already          3G/4G on 40-percent brightness, the device lasted
                used 40 percent of the battery. That’s pretty sad, but         6.2 hours. That’s a huge difference.
                most smartphones I’ve used in 2011 offer similar
                endurance.                                                     I do have to give Apple credit. In addition to talk time
                                                                               and standby time, the company’s site lists Internet
                The good news is that Android phones have power                use time for the iPhone 4 (on 3G and Wi-Fi), video
                saver modes that you can engage to save precious               playback time, and audio playback time. And sure
                juice. In this case, I had Nighttime Save on, which            enough, its 3G web usage claim is in line with our
                stops syncing data after 15 minutes of inactivity              results. We saw about 7.5 hours, slightly better than
                during “off-peak hours” (10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.).             the 7 hours advertised and the 5.8-hour average
                But I could have been more aggressive by selecting             for phones we’ve tested. Still, we need more juice.
                Maximum Battery Saver, which stops syncing data
                after 15 minutes of inactivity at any time. HTC and            What I want to see is smartphone makers pushing
                Samsung offer similar settings. But none of this               the efficiency envelope as much as they are when it
                changes the fact that battery technology simply isn’t          comes to features and sheer speed. Maybe it will take
                keeping up with everything else getting crammed                a whole new approach to the way smartphone ope-
                inside phones.                                                 rating systems handle apps that constantly update in
                                                                               the background. Or maybe it will take new display
                                                                               technology, such as screens made using photovoltaic
                                                                               cells that sip energy from ambient light. Whatever
                                                                               it is, I look forward to the day when a phone maker
                                                                               brags about endurance instead of gigahertz.

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