Who among you first took the plunge with the original Motorola DROID? I bet quite a few of you. It was mine, too. I loved that device. It could take a good solid weekend beating, with drops, smacks, and come back with a big smile. Fast forward to today, and we have Motorola continuing its tradition of building tanks, fitting ever more inside, all while keeping their iconic war-like-ready aesthetics.
Seriously, I wil say again – where are the DROID RAZR MAXX contenders? Smartphone fanatics are currently whipping one another up into a frenzy with quad core this and HD 720p display that, and it’s all going nowhere, folks. Why, you may ask? Read on dear friend.
Why is it going nowhere? Simply because manufacturers don’t seem to be getting the message about battery life. Don’t get me wrong — I love advancement. I get 2000+ emails a day as I comb the vast sea of freshly created information, scouring the ‘net like a scavenger, looking for the latest, most incredible innovations in the rapidly changing landscape that is the mobile space. Ever quietly, ever increasingly though, I find myself disturbed that not one single manufacturer has tuned into the fact that we love getting the most out of our devices, all day long. We all love unending battery life, to carry us throughout our days, like a trusted sidekick.
But it’s not all bad. I will say the exact same thing I said last year at this critical juncture in space and time, “we are on the verge of an absolute revolution in mobile computing.” The thing is though, is that we are always going to be going through a revolution in mobile computing. Bringing it back to batteries for a second, it’s important to note that the technology they are based on is improving at a paltry rate of 5-6% per year. Ugh. With our processors doubling in speed and performance every year or so, and with this trend increasing, something is going to have to give.
That being said, significant improvements are being made in areas of battery technology, and breakthroughs are happening the world over. In both research & development (R&D) departments of billion dollar tech giants, and the labs of the best universities in the world alike, the race is on to find the next major breakthrough. The ideal is to make a battery that is so good that it will ensure that we never have to think about batteries ever again. Oh what sweet joy it would be to never have to gaze up at the ominously depleting icon in the top right of our screen, or to have to look down at our laptop and figure out how much time we have left — that is the ultimate goal. And you can bet your donuts we will get there. The question is who, and when, and how.
So, if Motorola was able to get an absolutely gargantuan 3300 mAh battery into a very decently spec’ed device, and still retain a sub 9mm thin profile, why can’t other manufacturers? Good question, sir. It’s a question I have been asking myself for a while. I would be all in with Motorola, but so far they haven’t stepped up to the plate to deliver a truly next-gen quad core device with a 720p display yet, so i’m feeling the techno-lust come on mighty strong. But make no mistake – they are working on something delicious in the form of the Motorola DROID Fighter. Quad core toting, 3300mAh beefy battery beholdin’, I know not. But they are working on something for sure.
According to the nerds over at Strategy Analytics, approximately 67 million LTE handsets will reach souls soon to be tortured this year — a tenfold increase over 2011 — and that’s just the beginning. They are predicting that 254 million LTE devices will be sold in 2016. Sounds good right? Sounds like we are in for a world of hurt. We all know what LTE, quad core, and anorexic batteries are going to party like together. It’s not going to be a party I want to clean up after. Don’t say we didn’t say so.
So I say to you lovely, gracious tech giants, heed my plea. Please allow your devices to hit the drive thru a few times and pack on a few extra mAh’s. Don’t worry, we will love them more. For after all, beauty is on the inside, right? You darn right bet it is.
Anyway, it’s all good right? Which manufacturer should step up to the plate? Which one will? What are your thoughts on battery life? Are you satisfied with yours? Let me know, because I gave up all my friends to be here, and I need some attention.
Disclaimer: no batteries were harmed in the creation of this article