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Battery Life of Smartphones

Mobile phones are getting more and more advanced as the time passes by. Smartphones are the mainstream mobile devices nowadays. These devices have advanced operating systems that allow you, not only to call and send messages and data, but they act like an super-compact computer wherein you can run different types of applications and play games. A lot of them have touch screen panels and of course, dual cameras.

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A lot of these smartphones have GPS capability wherein it can pinpoint your location on a map and even tell you directions to where you need or want to go. Some have accelerometers and gyros that can sense your motion, allowing some advanced applications to take advantage of them. Not to mention, some of these phones have advanced graphics capabilities that they can practically play video games in high definition and in 3D.

With all these features and add-on hardware and capabilities, there’s one thing that concerns me when buying a smartphone, and that is battery life. Sure. You can play your favorite 3D game and after around an hour or two, the phone’s battery dies. If you watch high definition movies and play loud music, you’ll definitely see your battery life drain. That’s a given. So I started considering the battery of the phone when I decide which among these myriad of smartphone brands and models I would buy.

Based on my observation, higher-end phones, especially the branded ones, have good batteries. They have high capacities and can last you for a couple more hours compared to mid-range and low-end smartphones. There’s not really a basic rule in identifying what kind of battery capacity you’ll need for a specific phone. It will all depend on your use. If you just use your phone as a means of communication, even a 1,500 mAh battery could last you almost a day. But if you’re a heavy user and you have a state-of-the-art phone, you’ll probably need a 2,200 mAh battery to make your phone’s battery life last much longer.

Now, what if you already have a phone and your battery isn’t that efficient? Well, there is a number of third-party apps that could help you at least disable those apps that you don’t need. One of the big problems is that some of these apps are installed as system apps, thus making it difficult to disable them outright. You may need to gain full access to the operating system, but that carries the risk of permanently damaging your phone and voiding the warranty. Try to tone down the brightness of your screen and turn off sound effects that you most likely won’t need. These should help extend the battery life of your phone.

Always remember that the capacity of the battery isn’t always the culprit when you notice your battery drains out faster that you expected. It could be the way you use your smartphone. Are you playing more than you’re using it as a phone? Are you watching movies on it all the time? Most certainly, that would greatly affect battery life compared to a smartphone that’s being used mainly as a phone.

 

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