Technology at Geneseo Community School District 228
The Droid X, the Droid 2, the Droid X2, Atrix, the EVO, Incredible, Nexus, you name it all suffer from a major and unexplainable defect, weak batteries. For all the ground that Android has made up – and with features and specs that sometimes surpass Apple’s IOS and iPhone 4 I cannot understand how all these manufacturers would put a weak battery in their devices. It seems that in the Marketing frenzy to list CPU clock speeds, software features, better cameras, etc that they skimped out on the feature that actually probably matters more than any other. A cell phone (or Tablet) must have a battery that can last all day long, because despite all the cool new features – you cannot get much real productivity or even personal entertainment from a device that needs to be charged throughout the day.
To make this issue worse, rather then simply putting a better battery in newer models most manufacturers and Cell phone providers stick with a set of stock answers that basically put the bad battery life problem back on the consumer/user. If you stop into your local Verizon or ATT dealer they will tell you thinks like use the KillAll app, or lower your screen brightness, shut off Wi-Fi, turn off GPS, run a Startup manager, – seriously this is going to be the answer? All this does it leave Android handhelds owners feeling a little angry and possibly thinking that perhaps they do not know how to use their phone properly. This is nonsense the iPhone 4 has a great battery because they put in a large battery and tested it so that it would last a couple of days for average use. Droid X, the Atrix, the Evo and more all have extended battery packs available for purchase (between 40-100$) that will bring the battery up to iPhone 4 status . In my opinion this just makes things worse – so your 200$ phone with a 2 year contract really requires another 50$ investment to make it fully functional – and you will first have to spend a few weeks first getting frustrated and messing around with settings that really should not have to be adjusted.
If you are looking for the answer to getting better battery life out of you Android device stop here, you need to purchase an extended battery pack.
For example for Droid X (40$) http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-Extended-BH6X-Door-SJHN0449A/dp/B004FFPJ48
If you have a different device Google device name + extended battery. This really is the only fix as it addresses the real problem which is a small weak factory installed battery.
Do not get me wrong I like the Android OS and I think you can see that Apple has even borrowed many features from Gingerbread 2.3 into Ios 5 (notification bar, widgets, etc). The problem does not really rest with Google or Android but rather many manufacturers simply seem to be missing the boat on how to make a great phone. Start simple and remember that the Battery life is something that you cannot opt out on to save a few dollars – If I had to guess battery life must be the most reported fault of Android handhelds at all providers outlets, Verizon, ATT, US Cellular you name it.