The battery issues plaguing the new iPhone 3GS serve as a microcosm for what’s taking place in the cell phone industry. Demands being placed on batteries have exceeded improvements in battery life, leaving millions of smartphone owners unsatisfied with the amount of time they have to take advantage of the features that make the devices so desirable in the first place.
A recent study by Cadex Electronics illustrated this dilemma, citing that in the past 1-2 years, advances in battery technology have been slow to keep up with the advances being experienced by cellular phone technology. “You’re starting to really eat into the benefit of having the device in the first place,” said John Coyle of U.S. Cellular. This will eventually change, especially with so much currently being invested into research and development of advanced battery technology. For now though, both smartphone manufacturers and customers alike are seeking out alternative ways to keep their phones for longer periods of time.
It’s unlikely anyone’s going to be giving up their iPhone, Blackberry, or Palm anytime soon; so taking advantage of power-saving applications or purchasing spare or extended batteries is becoming a more common trend. It’s a trend that’s likely to continue, especially for the time being as battery technology gets caught up with the advanced capacities seen in the latest smartphones.
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