Waiting for a certain trend to catch on can be unbearably painful sometimes. We’ve watched as the large screen trend has caught on like wildfire, which was only bolstered by the bump in screen size with Apple’s iPhone 5. We’ve watched phones get thinner, even if Nokia is bucking that trend with the Lumia 920. There have been other trends as well, some of which have made an impact and others that are still trying to show they matter, but there’s one that I’m still waiting for. One that, I think, all of us are still waiting for: bigger batteries.
What’s odd about this, is that this seems like it should be the most obvious trend to jump on. This IS the bandwagon that every single cell phone/smartphone owner is ready to jump on. We live and breathe from our phones these days, so having a battery that can stay charged all day, without the need of a charger, is a huge thing that many people actively crave.
Instead, we’re forced to buy accessories, or extra batteries, or simply make sure that we’re next to an outlet (whether it’s the car or inside a building) to make sure that we get the juice that we so desperately need. It’s a problem, to be frank, and unfortunately our smartphone features are outpacing our batteries, and it’s just making it all that much worse.
I wrote about how the Lumia 920, despite some issues, is a phone that I’m genuinely pleased with since I’ve owned it, and that hasn’t changed. Nor will it anytime soon, to be honest. However, there’s one thing that I have noticed, that I didn’t put in that original article. The battery life on the Lumia 920 isn’t as good as the battery life on the Lumia 900. I can’t blame the apps, either, because other than a few games, I have the same exact applications installed on this phone that I did the previous version. The Lumia 920’s battery just eats away at its life bar faster than the Lumia 900.
So let’s compare: The Lumia 900 has a battery measured at 1,830mAh. Target life for stand-by is 300 hours. Talk time is “up to 7 hours,” and music playback is set for somewhere around sixty hours. The Lumia 920’s battery comes in at 2,000mAh, and its stand-by time is tagged at “up to 400 hours.” It’s supposed to be able to get somewhere between 10 and 17 hours of talk time, and up to 67 hours of music playback.
So the Lumia 920 has a bigger battery, technically, but the phone has a drastic difference in actual battery life. And, I’m pretty sure I can safely point my finger at Windows Phone 8. The new features, like the new, far more detailed Live Tiles, are great to watch and they seriously make a huge improvement versus Windows Phone 7.5, but I can’t help but connect the dots. So, I get these cool new features, but I am led to believe that they are actually killing my phone faster, and that may as well put me between a rock and a hard place.
Samsung and Motorola are trying to buck the trend of small batteries/cool features, by shoving huge batteries in their phones that have (what they hope are) cool features. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has a battery measured in at 3,100mAh, and Motorola’s DROID RAZR MAXX HD’s battery is pegged at 3,300mAh. Those are ridiculously good batteries, and guess what? They get the job done. All I hear from Taylor at this point is how great the Galaxy Note II’s battery is, and how it just seems to go on forever no matter what he does on it. A buddy of mine has the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, and he boasts about the battery all the time.
Hey, I’ve got Live Tiles. So there.
But, in all seriousness, the only thing that the Lumia 920 is missing is a bigger battery, especially if it is the new features in Windows Phone 8 that is causing my battery to die faster than I’d like. I want Nokia, LG, Apple (yes, even Apple), and every other manufacturer out there to start giving us bigger batteries, please. Because I hate letting my phone die, but I also hate always having it plugged into a charger, too.
Let’s make it happen!