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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, 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. So, for this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, we want to know how often you charge your smartphone!
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?”
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, including the operating system.
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:
“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 and power-hungry programs, then there’s absolutely no need to buy new. Which is good for consumers, but bad for manufacturers and retailers.
All smartphones are created equal. Pretty much. We all like to argue about which operating system is best, 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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