Eery day I wake up, wander over to my desk and unplug my phone from the wall. I’ll be lucky if it makes it through the day without needing an additional charge. The same thing happens with smartwatches: you wake up, unplug it, and wrap it around a wrist and you’ll be lucky to get to 8 pm without needing a charge.
I have external batteries and battery cases for my phone(s). Sure, I can also plug it back into the wall, but for the sake of mobility, these little accessories of power mean I can keep using my mobile phone as a mobile phone. With a watch, Acer Aspire 7745G Battery the main reason you bought it is now moot.
The problem is, unlike a smartphone, while charging a smartwatch, it’s nearly worthless for the problem it is intended to solve because it’s no longer on your wrist. It’s over there in the corner plugged into an outlet or one of your external battery packs in your pocket or bag. In either case, it’s no longer a watch. It’s a tiny, underpowered phone accessory that’s taking up space. Acer Aspire 2930 Battery
Or if the watch supports it, you can just run a wire up your arm from battery pack like an IV of electrons. It’s always been your dream to be part of the Borg right?
The current Apple Watch rumor says it’ll only have 2.5 to 4 hours of active use according to 9to5 Mac. If true (and really, we don’t know), it’s not really that big of a surprise when Android Wear watches only make it through the day if you’re extra careful with your use. Acer Aspire 2930Z Battery
Yet, most manufacturers have failed to make the same breakthroughs in smartphone battery technology as everywhere else. But that's not to say smartphone makers continue to ignore the one thing most consumers want in a smartphone: a better battery.
It's obvious why manufacturers can't make leaps and bounds in battery life; Acer Aspire 4930 Battery they are limited by the size of the device. Most of the time, a bigger device means better battery life, but many companies have started introducing power-saving modes that allow the smartphone to automatically switch on settings that save on juice. Samsung was the first to do this with its Ultra Power Saving Mode, but plenty of other manufacturers have jumped in.
For smart shoppers who consider battery life when they are looking for a smartphone, here are some of the best options.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2
The 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 2 packs in humongous power with a 3,990mAh battery. In real life, that translates to more than 14 hours of continuous usage, with some reviewers reporting up to a whopping 18 hours of light to medium usage. Acer Aspire 5332 Battery
The OnePlus One may not be as well-known as Apple's iPhones or Samsung's Galaxy Phones, but the biggest Android fans consider it a hero phone. At $299, unlocked, one can get a smartphone with 13 hours of battery life on a Acer Aspire 5536 Battery single charge and with heavy use. The only downside to the OnePlus One is one will need an invitation to be able to buy it.
HTC One M8
The HTC One M8 features a premium look and feel thanks to a metal design that tips the scales slightly more than its competitors. However, it has nearly 10 hours of battery life tested with heavy use, a feature that should more than compensate for people who value having a lot of juice over a slim, light profile.
iPhone 6 Plus
It's Apple's first large-screen smartphone and, sure enough, Apple delivers on all fronts, including on the battery life. Testing for the iPhone 6 Plus shows this device can last up to 10 whole hours before needing a recharge. Acer Aspire 5536G Battery
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Sporting a sizeable 3,220mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 lasts nearly nine hours on a single charge. With Samsung's Ultra Power Saving Mode turned on, which turns the brightly lit AMOLED display into classic black-and-white, Acer Aspire 5542 Battery users might be able to squeeze in a few more hours.
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola claims 48 hours of battery life on a single charge on the Droid Turbo, which is available exclusively through Verizon. Naturally, no one believes Motorola's claims, but testing shows the Droid Turbo still registers a more-than-okay nine-and-a-half hours. Acer Aspire 5542G Battery
Q: We’d like to install lighting inside a clothes closet. I’ve seen stick-on lights at the hardware store that seem like they would work. Are they any good, and is there one you recommend?
A: Those battery-powered, easy-to-install lights have gotten a lot better over the past few years, thanks mainly to improved LEDs—the tiny, super bright light sources found in the latest flashlights and light bulbs. Because LEDs are remarkably energy efficient, many of these products can run for months on standard batteries when used intermittently—perfect for a closet. Acer Aspire 5735Z Battery
The hitch is, unless you find one with premium LEDs, the light quality can be terrible. Many products that I’ve tried cast an unpleasant blue-tinged glow. Others start out bright and strong, but quickly begin dimming as the batteries get depleted.
One model that I recommend is the Wireless Motion Sensor LED Ceiling Light (model MB980) from an Ohio-based company called Mr Beams. Powered by four C batteries, this 4½-inch-diameter disc is bigger and heavier than some other products, but casts enough light to illuminate a small closet. A built-in motion sensor turns the light on and off automatically. Acer Aspire 5738 Battery
Two features set this model apart: First, the beam is a pleasing, pure white that renders colors well, so your yellow rain jacket will actually look its color instead of slightly green. (For all of you lighting nerds: The color temperature 3,500K and the CRI an unusually high 85; output is 100 lumens.) Second, the light maintains a consistent brightness for roughly the first half of the batteries’ life, after which it gradually dims. (Some products begin losing potency right away.) In my experience with a front hallway closet, it’ll take six to nine months before the light gets noticeably weaker—not bad for a $20 product. Acer Aspire 5738G Battery
One more tip: Instead of attaching the light to my ceiling with screws, I used Command Adhesive strips—a special double-sided tape that can be removed from the wall without damaging it. This allows you to easily tweak the placement of the light until you find the perfect spot.
We compare the Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 to see which of these devices is worth purchase.
According to the Fuse Joplin, both phablets is made up of aluminum, has curvy edges, Acer Aspire 5738Z Battery and sharp curves. However, the iPhone 6 Plus dimensions is at 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm, weighs 172 grams, making it wider, and lighter than its rival. Instead of having two wide and white bands on the back, at the top and at the bottom, Apple opted for narrow strips, and it has shatter proof glass for protection. It has a LED-backlit IPS LCD at 5.5 inches, and renders 1080 x 1920 pixels at 401ppi.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 looks pretty much like an HTC phone, but has only one thin horizontal strip at the back, and lacks the speakers from the front panel. Its dimensions are 157 x 81 x 7.9 mm, weighs heavier at 185 grams, and its protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a bigger IPS LCD screen at 6 nches, and it renders a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 368ppi. Acer Aspire 5738ZG Battery
According to the specs from GSMArena, the iPhone 6 Plus is equipped with a dual core 1.4GHz Cyclone processor, with the 64-bit Apple A8 chipset, and it’s paired with a M8 motion co-processor, PowerVR GX6450 quad-core graphics. It has 1GB of RAM, and comes with three variants of internal memory: 16, 64 and 128GB. It on the runs on iOS 8.1.2 software. Acer Aspire 5740 Battery
The Huawei phablet has 32-bit HiSilicon Kirin 925 that supports two quad core processors clocked at 1.8GHz and 1.3GHz, and it has a Mali-T628 for graphics. The internal memories of this device are 16GB with 2GB of RAM, and 32GB storage with 3GB of RAM. It can expand its memory at 128 GB with an microSD card, and runs on the Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat). Acer Aspire 5740G Battery
iPhone 6 Plus has an 8MP primary shooter, with features such as optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, 1/3” sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, slo-mo recording etc. Its secondary camera is at 1.2MP, and its non-removable Li-Po battery has a capacity of 2915 mAh, which last 24 hours of talking time.
Huawei’s phablet comes with a 13MP primary camera with Sony IMX214 sensor, while the front camera is 5MP. It has non-removable Li-Po battery with an impressive capacity of 4100 mAh, which last 648 hours in stand by mode. Acer Aspire AS5740 Battery
We compare the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nokia Lumia 1520 to see which Nokia smartphone is the better purchase.
According to the specs from GSMArena, the Lumia 1020 has a small AMOLED display at 4.5 inches that can render a resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels at 332 ppi, while the Lumia 1520 has a bigger display of 6.0 inches IPS LCD that can render an impressive resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 367 ppi pixel density. The Lumia 1020 has the following dimensions of 130.4 x 71.4 x 10.4 mm, weighs 158 grams, and its protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while the Lumia 1520 measures 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm, weighs heavier at 208 grams, and its protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Acer Aspire 7730Z Battery
Nokia Lumia 1020 is powered by a qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon dual-core processor at 1.5 GHz, paired with an Adreno 225 GPU. It has 2 GB of RAM, with an internal memory of 32 GB, and its software runs on the Microsoft Acer Aspire 7730ZG Battery Windows Phone 8 which can be upgraded into the v8.1 version.
Meanwhile, the Lumia 1520 is equipped with a Snapdragon 800 quad-core Krait 400 clocked at 2.2 GHz, partnered with an Adreno 330 for graphics. It also has 2 GB of RAM, and an internal memory of 32GB, Acer Aspire 7735Z Battery which can expand up to 64GB with an microSD card. It's software is a Microsoft Windows Phone 8, upgradeable to the v8.1.
In terms of camera and battery specs, the Lumia 1020 has a better primary camera at 41MP, while the Lumia 1520 is at 20MP. Interestingly, both Nokia smartphone are equipped with a 1.2 MP secondary cameras, and have almost the same features such as 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, geo-tagging, face detection, dual capture, and panorama. Acer Aspire 8730G Battery
The Lumia 1020 has a Non-removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery, which last up 13 hours in 3G. On the other hand, the Lumia 1520 is equipped with a non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh battery at 25 hours in 3G.