Recently I have started to think today about Battery Life v Functionality. I have seen numerous cases of people who seem to be willing to completely cripple their smartphones (at least what I deem as crippled) in order to get what is likely to be just an extra few minutes life out of their phones.
At what point does restricting the functionality of a product depreciate the product itself? At what point would you actually just be better off using a tablet and a Nokia 3310?
I use my phone pretty much how Google intended and I am never so desperate for extra juice that I turn key services off.
Others however run their phones extremely limited. They do not run any auto-sync (talking Gmail, social networks, widgets etc) they have brightness on minimum not auto, they turn power save modes on (where available) which can really slow the CPU of the phone down and they even turn off extra services like Google Now and Location reporting.
I couldn’t imaging running my phone without data on all the time, without location reporting, without push notification in real-time from all my key apps.
In-fact f I had to manually do this I imagine my battery usage would increase as I would be looking at the phone more often in order to ‘refresh’ the items rather than only looking when it has something to show me.
I get an average of 20-24 hours battery life from all my devices with around 3 hours screen on time, with GPS, bluetooth, mobile data and/or wi-fi running all the time, I am not willing to compromise key functionality just to get an extra little bit of screen on time, certainly not for day-to-day use. Why should I spend upwards of £500 on a top of the range device just to turn it into a device equal to one that costs £50?
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