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All recent smartphones are pretty much equal in the big scheme of things. Which is why it doesn’t actually matter what phone you own Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Getting upset because someone is buying something you're not interested in benefits no one – so why do we get mad anyway? Read More , whether it’s an iPhone, an Android, a Windows Phone, or even a BlackBerry.

Every single smartphone out there is very capable. In fact, it’s a technological marvel. Unfortunately, they all suffer from the same problem: poor battery life How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice How to Make Your Phone's Battery Last Longer and Hold More Juice Battery life is one of the biggest struggles of modern-day electronics. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all deal with it -- so what can you do to maximize the amount of time you get per charge? Read More . So, for this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, we want to know how often you charge your smartphone!

Aging Computers

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Old Is Your Current PC? How Old Is Your Current PC? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Old Is Your Current PC? [MakeUseOf Poll] Sales of PCs have continued to drop through 2015, despite (or perhaps because of) Microsoft launching Windows 10. So,, how old is your current PC? Read More

Out of a total of 1,032 votes, 29% chose 4-6 Years, 26.3% chose 2-4 Years, 22.7% chose 6 Years or Older, 12.7% chose 1-2 Years, 4.4% chose Between 6 Months and 1 Year Old, 3.9% chose It’s Brand New, and 1.2% chose I Don’t Own a PC.

These results show that the vast majority of our readers are using older PCs. An astonishing 77.9 percent of those who voted in the poll own a PC more than two years old. This obviously doesn’t take into account individual components, and we’re sure our readers have upgraded various parts of their computers The Basic Parts Of A Computer & How To Upgrade Them [Technology Explained] The Basic Parts Of A Computer & How To Upgrade Them [Technology Explained] Read More , including the operating system.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Rob Hindle, Ben Stutts, and Katharine Wood. Comment of the Week goes to Frank Rezack, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment How Old Is Your Current PC? [MakeUseOf Poll] How Old Is Your Current PC? [MakeUseOf Poll] Sales of PCs have continued to drop through 2015, despite (or perhaps because of) Microsoft launching Windows 10. So,, how old is your current PC? Read More :

“My desktop is a hodge podge of parts, case 8 years, motherboard 3 years, CPU 2 years, SSD 2 years, memory 3 years. I’ve purchased nice video monitors and speakers and keyboard and mouse. These things haven’t had monumental leaps in technology from one year to the next for the average use. Video card is about 4 years old. It was a great gamer card back in the day and since I don’t game much any more, it more than serves my purpose for watching videos, webinars and anything else that I may want to watch.

The next time my old box stumbles on a software upgrade, or Microsoft discontinues supporting an operating system that requires an upgrade to run the next system, I will upgrade some components my desktop. But at the same time, when that happens, if even a decent laptop has enough horsepower to run my peripherals and monitors, and, I would just get a newer laptop and use a docking station. I still really prefer to work at a bigger desk with the bigger screen real estate and ease of a desktop keyboard, better sound peripherals available, and room to spread out and relax.

There really isn’t a compelling reason to upgrade anything at this point. My box is good enough to run everything I need. I haven’t had an issue running anything. I don’t see a need right now to fix what isn’t broken.”

We chose this comment because it perfectly describes why people generally aren’t buying brand new PCs these days. If you have the basic knowledge needed to upgrade key components, and you don’t need the latest technologies to run games How To Build a Gaming PC How To Build a Gaming PC Learn how to build a gaming PC from a gamer’s point of view. Instead of telling you what to buy, we’ll teach you how to weigh and judge these individual components. Read More and power-hungry programs, then there’s absolutely no need to buy new. Which is good for consumers, but bad for manufacturers and retailers.

Battered Batteries

All smartphones are created equal. Pretty much. We all like to argue about which operating system is best Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone vs. Blackberry - Which Is Really The Best OS? [MakeUseOf Poll] Put all biases aside and ignore your actual phone for a minute. Now tell us the truth, which is the best mobile OS out there? Read More , which manufacturer beats all others, and which features are essential. But if you own a smartphone made in the last couple of years you can be assured it’s about as good as they get. And all of them, without exception, suffer from poor battery life.

How much battery life you get from your phone obviously depends on how you use it. Use it 24/7 and it will die quickly. Use it sparingly and it could survive for days. So please tell us your personal story in the comments below. But only after you vote in the poll telling us, “How Often Do You Charge Your Smartphone?”

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. What apps have you found kill your battery? What steps do you take to prolong the battery life of your smartphone? Which smartphone is the best when it comes to battery life?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Susan Bellwood
    October 26, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Mine goes on the charger at night when I go to bed whether it needs charging or not (it's right beside my bed anyway).

    • Aibek Es
      October 27, 2015 at 5:56 am

      same on my end. charging both of my phone while asleep

  2. Howard Blair
    October 26, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I plug my Moto G (2014) in every night to use as an alarm clock, and plug it in during the day only if needed (Game of War is a battery hog).

  3. Leah C
    October 26, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I just got a Samsung Galaxy S5 last week. Before that I was using my two year old Galaxy SIII and that thing had gotten to the point where I was practically keeping it plugged n at all times. I plug my new phone in at night to charge and one time during the day. I'm a pretty heavy user. I'm not addicted. I run videos from sites like Swagbucks.com to make money.

  4. Jeremy A Moats
    October 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I have a ZTE Grand X (think a $100 version of the Galaxy S3) on Cricket (AT&T)...

    My cell phone keeps pretty good battery life. I use it for work and personal, with over 150 wor contacts. I usually only ever need to charge it at the end of the day - when I go to bed, I plug in the charger so it is good to go for another 18 hours when I get up.

    I keep the brightness level low, unless I am outside in the sun. I keep DATA off almost all the time, and Wifi on only when at home.

    Unfortunately, the 8GB Memory is full of apps that Android System will not allow to be moved over to the 64GB MicroSD Card. It's showing some major lack of response time and I plan to get a new phone after Xmas.

    Any suggestions for an AFFORDABLE (under $200) 5" or bigger Android with 32GB storage or higher? Network provider does not matter. As long as it's Android.

  5. likefun butnot
    October 26, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    My LG G4 gets charged when I go to bed. It's usually at around 55 - 60% of a full charge by that point in time, so I suspect I could get away with two days between charges, but I also need to charge my headphones and I usually have a tablet that will also need topped off and I might as well charge everything all at once.

    I have a couple spare batteries for it and I can charge in my car or at the desk in my office if I need to.

  6. Rob Hindle
    October 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    For me it's a slightly odd question, I clicked "twice a day" but I guess what underlies the question might be "how long does your battery last", to which the answer is "it depends how I use the phone, calls, web, apps".

    As regards recharging - I have QI charging so when I'm at my desk the phone (nexus 5) is on the recharge pad. It may seem trivial but in fact the difference between messing with a fiddly little USB charging plug and just dropping the phone onto the pad is significant. Next step is to get a second QI pad for my bedside table (cost is only about £5), not really necessary but would be good for days when I'm not going to be at my desk.

  7. Ben Dobson
    October 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

    My mobile phones have removable batt's for the reason that these new devices are mostly hard-wired and I hate that.
    It takes me less than 5-mins to replace a pre-charged battery into my phone, usually once a day with my main phone Xperia ZR C5502 and once every 3-4 days with my spare Xperia L C2105.
    Recharging should be left to tablets pfft!!!!! of which usually every 2 days or so.

    • Maryon Jeane
      October 26, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      I'm definitely with you on this one, Ben. A phone needs to be a phone at all times, for emergency use. I don't want to find myself in dire straits and imminent danger only to discover that my phone is dead because I've been checking e-mails on it, or browsing to find a decent bar nearby or suchlike. (I like a drink, but perhaps life itself is worth a touch more? Discuss).

      The other thing a phone needs to be is robust - and smartphones simply aren't. Again, if your phone has an excellent signal, emergency buttons all programmed in and etc., that isn't going to be any good if you've dropped the phone while running, or you're about to drown or whatever.

      So I have a 'tuff' phone (generic) which you can throw onto hard ground, submerge in water, and most other things which might be likely to happen in an emergency, and it will go right on working. It has an excellent signal ability, a very clear screen, good firm buttons which are backlit, and a very good sound pickup and transmit. The battery life is phenomenal (as in weeks on standby) and I carry a fully-charged spare just in case (as Ben notes, removable is best).

      For everything else I need to do on the move, my Yoga Tablet (Windows) is there - and that, too, has an excellent battery life.

  8. Peter Colpaert
    October 26, 2015 at 5:36 am

    My OnePlus One (Cyanogen OS 12.1 with latest patches) is very unconsistent when it comes to battery life.
    One day it will average 2% per hour (as per GSam Battery Monitor) so it lasts around 2 days. But the next charge will be depleted in 24 hours. Then the next one lasts 36.
    WiFi is on at all times except when I'm sleeping.
    Bluetooth is off except when I'm in my car (morning and evening commute of 30 minutes each).
    4G is only exceptionally on if I need to lookup something while out of WiFi range.
    Location services are on battery saving.
    Even though GSam gives ample information as to where the juice is going, I cannot put a finger on the culprit. Especially the fact that the next charge lasts twice as long with similar use, really makes it difficult to optimize battery use.

  9. Danny
    October 25, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I used to charge everyday with my older smartphones but my new Huawei P8 is pretty aggressive at saving battery life that I can stretch my charges to 2-3 days.

  10. John Everett
    October 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I listen to podcasts all night at work, and Pandora in the car. Fortunately I have access to 12v portable lead-acid batteries so it's easy to just top off with a car charger. I am usually more concerned about data usage than battery life.

  11. Mark “Mr. Marcus” Major
    October 25, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    ^^Like you Peter, I own a Nexus 6^^ and I'm surprised that I've got to charge it at LEAST once within a 24 hour period, and that's from just "normal" use. No high accuracy mode, battery saving mode and still...like you said, once every 24 hours. Yes, it becomes an annoyance especially if you're out and unable to get to a charger after about 10 - 12 hours or so

  12. Zhong Jiang
    October 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    I charged my phone at a certain battery level then unplug them below 90%. Generally, it's hard to maintain a good steady of battery life since some phones uses more power than others either for the screen, brightness, or other factors that continually drain energy: wifi, bluetooth, apps...etc.

  13. Aniruddh Dodiya
    October 25, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    I have 5.5 HD screen phone which has snapdragon octa core processor with 2500 mAh battery.

    Now my GPS is on (High Accuracy Mode) all the time as I use my phone as fitness tracking. 24 Hours hooked with Home Office Wi-Fi and in between 3G on the go.

    Backgrounds Wi-Fi scanning on and Wi-Fi on during sleep mode as I don't like to wait for my important stuff.

    Account Sync is on all the time

    Screen Brightness is on zero all the time only in daylight-outside I put it on 30-40%. I noticed that if I put screen brightness always eat more power.

    And I have dual sim phone so it will use more power compare to single sim phone.

    After all this I have to charge twice. Once in the night that goes full day till evening and than another charge in the evening which goes longer than day charge.

  14. Erwin de Beer
    October 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I own a 3 year old Samsung S4 and have 3 batteries and 1 battery recharger. Each battery typically lasts 4 to 6 hours, so I use them all 3 each day and even then I sometimes have to recharge inbetween.

  15. Peter Fitzsimmons
    October 25, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    On any given day I would expect to charge my Nexus 6 once a day.

    If I'm out and about (which isn't that often) I tend to apply some common sense, turning off wifi, bluetooth etc, and unless I'm using maps can get away with only a quick charge with my portable battery.

    That being said, I am annoyed that with phones having bigger screens (I will admit the Nexus 6 is a tad too big for everyday needs) and requiring more power, batteries still have not kept up with the needs of most users.

    It seems that manufacturers seem to forget the very important factor of power consumption for their devices and instead opt for thinner lighter phones.

    I'd rather have a "chunky" phone that lasts a full 24 hours without charge than skinny phone just waiting to break or blow away in the wind.

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