Why Bigger Batteries Matter More than Thinness [Editorial]

February 8, 2012
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We have seen some pretty thin phones come around lately, haven’t we? From the Motorola Droid RAZR, to the Huawei Ascend P1 at CES, and to the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is rumored to be thinner than the incredibly svelte Droid RAZR. Even thought the Droid RAZR Maxx with that huge battery on its back, but let’s face the fact that the batteries in these thin phones are pretty bad, usually around 1500mAh to 1900mAh which tend to not last very long. So – why can’t manufacturers get it that we want more capacity in our batteries more than a thinner phone? Wouldn’t you love to have a phone that can last you almost 2 days with 4G LTE on the entire time? I know I would absolutely love that. Motorola seems to be starting to get the idea with their new Droid RAZR Maxx, which from the tests we’ve seen can last a full 21 hours on LTE and still have a bit of juice left, which is just amazing and makes you wonder will the Droid RAZR Maxx set a trend with other OEM’s?

What is the first accessory you buy when you get a new device? For me, and most other people it’s an extended battery, because the OEM battery is just to bad to use everyday especially for those with an LTE device, LTE drinks battery juice like its water. We’ve seen manufacturers putting in bigger batteries from the 1550mAh battery the original Motorola Droid had all the way to the 2500mAh battery on the Galaxy Note, and finally the biggest battery beast around the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx which has a 3300mAh battery, that is unforunately non-removable.

Why we are over the Super Thin Android Devices

What are the real advantages to having an ultra thin Android device? Nothing other then saying to your friends “my phone’s thinner then your phone”. Other people feel that the thinner phones are easier to break, I used to think so too, but now it’s much harder to break them. So who is the victim of ultra thin devices? Our dear friend battery life, of course. Sure, make the frame pretty thin then place a small battery back there. Why not place a larger battery there? If you did I bet you would sell a whole lot more devices.

Earlier I talked about how the only manufacturer so far to place a larger battery on a thin phone (and still keep it relatively thin) was Motorola with their one of their newest Droid’s the Droid RAZR Maxx which was shown off at CES as having a battery that can last 21 hours of talk time. As we’ve seen with many of the Droid Razr Maxx reviews on different Android sites, including ours, the battery does live up to it’s advertising. So let’s see we have a 9mm thick device with a 3300mAh battery, thats about twice the size of a normal battery, that’s pretty darn great. Many have said, myself included, that this phone is probably the best Android phone we’ve seen in a long time. Which is a big reason why I want to trade in my Droid Bionic for the Droid RAZR Maxx, don’t get me wrong I love my Bionic, but I don’t love the battery life.

What about that 5.3-inch Galaxy Note? The battery on the Galaxy Note is around 2500mAh which isn’t bad, but for having a 5.3″ screen there is plenty of room back there to put a big battery. I’ve also seen battery tests where this one last more then a day, but that was on the non-LTE models, as we all know LTE is a battery hog. It’ll be interesting to see how great the battery is on AT&T’s Galaxy Note seeing as that one will be LTE. I don’t have anything against the Galaxy Note, I actually really like that big screen, but I think the Droid Razr Maxx is a better choice

Future of Batteries?

Droid Razr Maxx Battery Life - From Droid-Life

Hopefully in the near future (I’m hoping this year) we will see a lot of the phones released with bigger batteries like the Droid Razr Maxx and the Galaxy Note. Phones that typically have a battery that is under 2000mAh are hurting in the battery life department, and as phones become more powerful, the battery life continues to get worse. I am really hoping manufacturers will get away from the thinness trend and go to the Maxx trend (bigger batteries) even if they are non-removable. Think about it, why do you need to remove a battery that is 3300mAh or larger?

Yes, we all have battery saver apps out there like Juice Defender, but what they are really doing is limiting the functionality and performance of your device. You bought an Android device for the freedom, if you wanted to be limited you would have gone to the Apple store to pick up an iPhone right? Also what most people don’t realize are those battery saver apps actually use up your battery trying to save battery life, kind of redundant right?

I am at the point now where if the OEM battery isn’t 2500mAh or higher, I will not be looking to get that device. I’m tired of having to spend extra money on an extended battery which usually makes your phone much thicker and quite a bit uglier. So, currently that would leave me with two choices, the Droid Razr Maxx and the Galaxy Note (Galaxy Journal for CDMA).

And how about you? Would you be willing to let go of a bit of thinness for an ultra powerful device that has the juice to make it through, and then some? Hit us up in the comments and let us know! The manufacturers are watching!

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