Droid Battery Life Requires New Charging Habits

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There is at least one other iPhone comparison that bears noticing, though–battery life.
181554-verizon-droid-reviews_originalIf you actually put the many functions of the Droid to use, your battery mileage will vary. The phone has to be powered up to be of any use beyond a glorified paper weight, so poor battery life could be an Achilles heel for the Droid invasion like the bacteria that took down the alien invasion force in War of the Worlds.

Mobile phone manufacturers like to talk about battery life in terms of talk time vs. standby time–essentially how long will the battery last if you are talking constantly, and
how long will the battery last if the phone is just sitting there doing nothing. Fair enough for traditional old-school mobile phones, but smartphones are doing stuff even while they’re just sitting there. Clearly we need a new way of considering battery life.

PC World senior editor Robert Strohmeyer rushed out and braved the crowd at the Verizon store to get his Droid on Friday. He took it home, charged it up until the Droid displayed a full charge, then set off for a busy day of work–new Droid in hand. He was surprised, and perhaps a little disappointed, when the Droid battery ran out of juice before he got home.

Tony Bradley, PC World



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