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Q: How long does your smartphone’s battery last?

  • 33%
    Less than 12-hours

  • 34%
    12-24 hours

  • 20%
    1-2 days

  • 12%
    2+ days


(Based on 807 Votes)

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PC Advisor

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Recent research has shown that battery life in smartphones is suffering due to adverts in free apps running in the background. See Short smartphone battery life? Blame free apps

We want to know how long your smartphone battery lasts. Let us know here in our poll.

Thanks, PC Advisor staff.

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al's left peg

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I have a 18 month old HTC Wildfire, I get about a day and a half.

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Quickbeam

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...50p a minute guaranteed moderate minimum length calls!

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Quickbeam

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My first phone after the standard size breezeblock era, lasted a month using it for moderate call lengths.

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carver

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I have a HTC Desire HD and that needs charging every day, I do have an apps killer which I use other wise I don't think I would get more than 12 hours out of it.

Biggest battery killer is Sat nav and google maps and I used to complain about a Nokia 6310i that only lasted about 7 days.

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peter99co

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I charge my Blackberry about once a week.

I use auto turn off/on from 21.00 till 8.00

No GPS active unless I need it.

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morddwyd

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Like all portable devices, smartphone development is held back by battery technology, which is still basically the same as it was in the 18th century.

Don't get me wrong, there has been amazing progress, with watch batteries lasting a year and so on, but I'm talking about a quantum breakthrough like, as I've said before, the change from thermionic valves to transistors.

For many portable devices, including smartphones, the battery is still the biggest (and heaviest) single component, and the most unreliable i.e. is the part that most often stops your device from working.

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Matt Egan

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We just did a straw poll about smartphones and tablets in the office. We have an average of two of each, each (occupational hazard) and very few of them last a whole day in use. My iPhone 3GS, for instance, can barely scrape through a working day without a recharge, but then (a) it is old and (b) I listen to music on my walk to the station, manage my email almost entirely from my phone as I travel to and from work, and use it pretty constantly to check the site, check the site analytics, post to Twitter/Facebook etc. If I was using a laptop for the same tasks I'd be amazed to get beyond three or four hours. And, intriguingly, my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and BlackBerry PlayBook both last a lot longer, even under the same strain. Bigger screen and device, but also a much bigger battery.

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polish

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my phone lasts a day no problem although i do turn off what ever is not needed bluetooth etc

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WhiteTruckMan

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I'm not a smartphone user but it occurs to me that this used to be (still is for me) a frequent topic of discussion for new adopters of laptops a few years back when they became an affordable alternative to a desktop machine.

Stemming from that I think an obvious suggestion is to turn the screen brightness down if possible.

WTM

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Nontek

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HTC Wildfire ... Charge it every third day, but only use it as a phone and a few texts.

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daz60

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My niece has recently acquired a Blackberry and needs to charge every day,her I phone is, in contrast, long life.My old C905 was every day,my present W995 every 3 days,when on internet every day.So battery life does depend on usage as Chegs says.

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STREETWORK

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Iphone 4 = about 1 day

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interzone55

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I get two days out of my HTC Desire S before it starts complaining that the battery is low, although I rarely hammer it.

A couple of months back I left my phone on my desk at work on Thursday, and wasn't back in until the following Wednesday, it was still switched on, but had automatically shut down everything except the cellular receiver.

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Chegs ®™

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I can kill mine inside 1hr by using satnav,listening to music online etc,or I can turn off everything & get 6 days or longer.I would love to uninstall most of its apps,only they came pre-installed on it & as a result I have to leave WiFi on at home so they can chat with whoever through my router & not use up my bandwidth.

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Woolwell

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If you close the app and check that it isn't running in the background through task manager then you will not have ads running. If you want to play games on it, run lots of apps, use GPS, etc then you can expect the battery life to shorten. I think the report is a bit harsh on ads but ought to be pointing out that perhaps if they used the phone as smartphone and not a toy it might last longer.

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Quickbeam

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It needs charging every day, my old un-smart phone could go fortnight easily.

If I turn off wi-fi, blue teeth, etc when they're not required, I can get 5 days.

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