Battery life can make or break the popularity of a cell phone. Manufacturers make a lot of promises, but in real life testing their claims rarely hold true. CNET recently updated the results of their talk-time testing. Here are their results listed in talk-time hours.
We hope your device is near the top of (or at least on) this list:
1. Motorola Droid Razr Maxx – 19.78
2. LG Optimus Vu (unlocked) – 16.08
3. Apple iPhone 4 (with 3G off) – 14.55
4. RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 (on T-Mobile) – 12
5. Kyocera DuraPlus (Sprint) - 11.47
6. Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T) – 10.3
7. ZTE Fury (Sprint) – 10.02
8. Samsung Galaxy S II (U.S. Cellular) - 9.47
9. LG Optimus 3D Max (unlocked) – 9.35
10. Huawei Mercury (Cricket Wireless) – 9.32
11. Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint) – 9.2
12. Kyocera Milano (Sprint) – 9.2
13. Samsung Focus S (AT&T) – 9.01
14. Kyocera DuraCore (Sprint) – 8.95
15. Samsung Rugby Smart (AT&T) – 8.9
16. LG Lucid (Verizon) – 8.47
17. T-Mobile Prism – 8.32
18. RIM BlackBerry Torch 9810 (AT&T) – 8.1
19. Pantech Swift (AT&T) – 7.27
20. Huawei Ascend II (U.S. Cellular) – 7.25
Here are the bottom 20 and how miserably they performed:
It’s interesting that there's such a wide range of results on the talk-time for the 20 best batteries, and less than three hours difference from top to bottom of the 20 worst. Note that Verizon doesn’t appear on the best list but does have five placements on the worst. It looks like the equipment itself isn't the only determining factor for battery performance.
Samsung has been in the news and media outlets lately but it isn't necessarily for the best reasons because they're currently embroiled in an ongoing battle in court Apple vs. Samsung. The court battle is in repercussions due to patent issues in regards to their Samsung Smartphones and Tablets. Samsung is best known for its line of Samsung Smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung DoubleTake, the Samsung Galaxy S and even the Samsung Focus. Samsung's Smartphones and Smartphone Accessories are innovative, creative and very popular that many Smartphone users should own. Here's a list of some of Samsung's Most Popular Smartphone Accessories:
1) Smartphone Cases and Holsters are a necessity for every Samsung Smartphone owner to own and utilize especially if you are a Smartphone user whether you are at home or on the road. The Samsung Smartphone Cases and Holsters come in a variety of two different colors and textures; it also features a additional protection for your smartphone against scratches on the front and back of your Samsung Smartphone. Another unique feature to Samsung Smartphone Cases and Holsters is that the cases are unusually slim and ultra light and its textured grip keeps the Smartphone safely protected in your pocket or on your belt holster.
2) Samsung's Multimedia Adapters are another essential accessory for your Samsung Smartphone features the HDTV Adapter Tip with a 5 to 11 Pin Converter, TecTile Programmable NFC Tags and even an HDTV Universal Adapter. Particularly the TecTile Programmable NFC Tags can be programmed to change settings on your phone, launch applications, check-in to places, update social status, or even make phone calls or send text messages automatically. The HDTV Universal Adapter supports HD signals up to 1080p and can connect signals directly to your mobile phone and even create an HDMI Docking Station.
3) Samsung Smartphone Accessories also is sure to include a large collection of Smartphone Batteries and Battery Covers. Some of the most popular Samsung Battery Collection includes the traditional Galaxy S Standard Battery which features a the latest and greatest lithium ion technology specifically designed to give you the most reliable and long lasting battery life for your Samsung Smartphone. Another popular battery includes the Galaxy Nexus i515 Battery Bundle Kit which includes an additional Extended Battery & Extended Battery Cover and can be used with the 2100 mAh extended battery which is also included.
4) Bluetooth Headsets are another popular and favorite accessory for most Smartphone users whether you own Samsung or iPhone. Some of the most popular Samsung Bluetooth Headsets include the HM7000 Bluetooth Headset hat is ultra-slim, ultra-capable, and ultra-convenient, Samsung claims it so slim and sleek you'll forget you're wearing the headset. Another popular headset includes the HS3000 Bluetooth Headset that features a convenient, clip-on communication and entertainment device for individuals on the move.
5) Another necessary smartphone accessory is the Smartphone Vehicle Docks which include the ever popular the Samsung Galaxy Universal Multimedia Desktop Dock which features a multimedia dock that enables it users to continue with daily activities such as working, driving or even taking nap all the while your Samsung Smartphone is kept close at hand. Another popular the Samsung Universal Navigational Vehicle Mount features a fitted mount that securely hold your smartphone in place during those long, boring car rides.
6) Memory Cards are also another vital Samsung Smartphone accessory including the 32GB microSD Card which is able to durable and stability and essentially designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, it allows you to store and play your favorite video and audio clips, it’s waterproof and even offers shock proof resistance. The Samsung Smartphone Memory Cards comes in a 32 GB, 16GB, 8GB and 4GB memory storage.
7) Samsung Smartphone Screen Protectors come in a variety of colors, designs and flexibility. Some of the most popular Samsung Screen Protectors feature an easy usability, accessibility and durability. The Screen Protectors are easy to apply and remove, they promise to give your Samsung Smartphone a special look and additional added protection. The Screen Protectors also guarantee a privacy screen filter which helps to ensure that those around your or next to you can't see what's on your screen.
8) Smartphone Chargers are a vital necessity that every Smartphone owner user must own and utilize in order to maintain the battery life of their smartphone. Some of the most popular Samsung Chargers include the Samsung Galaxy Spare Battery Charging System that also includes a standard 2100 mAh battery, a stand that allows your smartphone to fit snugly in the stand at an optimal viewing angle in portrait mode. The Samsung Battery Charger also include a charging unit that converts to a compact, carrying case for your spare battery so your Smartphone is always guaranteed to have a fully charged battery.
9) Wired headsets are not your traditional Bluetooth Headset especially when it comes to your typical Samsung Smartphone accessories. The most popular Samsung Wired Headset includes the Serious Sound Headset which enables you and your smartphone to receive quality audio features at an affordable price. The Serious Sound Headset enables to you listen to your country music, your classical rock, your oldies or even your contemporary jazz in crystal clear melodic harmony. It also enables smartphone users to make and receive calls with the in-line microphone and answer keys. So whether your spending time surfing the internet, watching a movie or reading your favorite novel allow the Serious Sound Headphones to clear your head and all the background noise.
10) Another accessory that is especially unique to Samsung Smartphones is the Samsung Galaxy S C Pen which features a fine build from an attractive and attentive brushed metal and chrome materials. The pen is styled with a tip that stimulates a single touch of your finger by allowing you to tap or swipe to provide a full touch screen environment without ever leaving your fingerprint evidence on your touch screen. This pen allows you to write and edit quick notes on your Samsung Smartphone, it also creates the ability for you to draw or edit in addition to performing typical touch screen commands
Watches are back with a whole new purpose, and their name is iPod Nano – the most innovative development in the iPod world since, well, the iPod. If you dare to be either a geek or a trend-setter (or could absolutely care less what your best buddy or your mother thinks), don’t turn your nose up at the iPod Nano watch.
The iPod Nano watch may look like a watch, but unless you program it to, it doesn’t act like one. It’s an innovative use of iPod technology that puts up to 16GB of music storage and an FM radio on your wrist. It lets you change music tracks on your wrist rather than holding your phone,
The watch comes in a couple of different designs – one with clips on the band that you use to snap your Nano in place, and another with pins for a more secure fit (some assembly required.)
That’s the good news about the Nano Watch design. Here comes the criticism:
• The Nano charges via a long open 30-pin port that's exposed on the side. The headphone jack is right next to it. That's a lot of open ports on a wearable device.
• The Nano isn’t water resistant, so you could even damage it just by washing your hands.
• There’s no Bluetooth, so you’ll have a headphone wire running to your wrist (however, it is better than a wire running to your pocket or your backpack.)
• The Nano's clipped on solidly, and can't be removed without removing the watch.
The iPod Nano Watch is not ugly, but it is big. It’s convenient because you’ve got your music collection on your wrist. It’s cool because watches are a novelty. Make one that’s submersible (or at least undamaged by hand-washing) and connects to Bluetooth, and even your mother will want one.
In the past few months a United States Civil Rights Advocacy Group has launched a free down-loadable application for your Android Smartphone, your Apple iPhone 4S or any other Smartphone you may own to own that allows you to secretly record police activity discreetly. The Civil Rights Advocacy Group is claiming that it will allow United States Citizens to “help boost police force accountability.” The New Jersey Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) states that "Police Tape," that is now available to the public, "allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police."
The ACLU is also claiming that the “"an essential tool for police accountability.”
"Too often, incidents of serious misconduct go unreported because citizens don't feel that they will be believed,” said the office's executive director Deborah Jacobs.
The Smartphone application also allows users to send the file to the ACLU for safe-keeping and analysis and even contains legal advice on the rights of citizens confronted, detained or arrested by police officers. Unlike most traditional Smartphone recording applications, the Police Tape application will disappear from your Smartphone screen minimizing the risk that the police officers will even know or have known they've been recorded.
Nokia has partnered with Microsoft and plans to get back into the smartphone game with the launch of Windows 8-based devices. According to a source who prefers to remain anonymous, Nokia will be making their plans public at Nokia World next month.
Nokia officials aren’t commenting on the rumors, but Arnaud Bauduin, a Paris-based fund manager at Ofi Asset Management said on the matter, “To come back, they either need to surf on a Microsoft success in mobile or become cool again -- two complicated challenges.”
Nokia’s Lumia devices entered the market 9 months ago, but service providers like AT&T chose not to carry them. Since many customers didn't know about the existence of the Lumia devices, this had a huge negative impact on sales.
To improve the visibility of the phones, Nokia will be using volunteers from its U.S. staff called Nokia’s Army, to work with the salespeople at the major carriers. Nokia’s Army will focus on educating the sales staff and customers about the Lumia alternative.
Nokia believes that timing of the launch of their new Windows 8-based devices is key. They plan to have their smartphones on the store shelves ahead of Apple’s expected Sept. 12 unveiling of the new iPhone.
Nokia has a lot of ground to make up. Their U.S. market share is at approximately 2% as Q2 this year. In 2001, it peaked at 32 percent.
A 46 year old Jackson, Mississippi woman got stuck in a sewer on June 21, 2012 while attempting to get a smartphone back that she had accidentally dropped into the sewer. The woman fell in the sewer at the corner of Watson and Piney Woods Streets, just off of Martin Luther King Drive. Lori McElroy of 1312 Piney Woods Street was talking on a cell phone, when she accidentally dropped her iPhone 4S into a sewer. She was accidentally stuck in the sewer drainage system as she attempted to get the cell phone she dropped down the drainage system.
The fire department was called and had to use the Jaws of Life to get her out. The woman was rather embarrassed but thankfully unhurt and unharmed. "I was on the phone talking with somebody and then I dropped the Apple iPhone 4S in the sewer" said McElroy."There wasn't any water in it, so I figured I could go down there and get it. Then I got stuck and couldn't get out."
She continues on by saying, “"And then they had to call the fire department and the ambulance. I feel wonderful that I am out, but it was a stupid mistake. It's better to just go buy another phone instead of having to go through that." She said that a "phone isn't worth it" and if this happens to you, "just go buy a new one."
The growing popularity of mobile media through PC Tablets, Android Smartphones and even Apple's iPhones is allowing new methodology and movements is changing on how consumers are engaging and interacting with the media. Gone are the days of the Sunday morning newspaper being read at the breakfast table with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the business section in the other, gone are the days of the family gathering around the television to watch the five o'clock news while mom prepares dinner in the nearby kitchen. Today the media is mobile and so are the individuals accessing that media on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis. Media consumers can simply stay connected by clicking on MSNBC.com or CNN.com while we sit in a drive thru waiting for our morning Starbucks coffee; we're literally connected with the media at our very fingertips. With the our fingertip connection many publishers, media companies and application developers are eager to know whether they should optimize their content for particular devices, advertisers want to understand how these devices might eventually fit into their overall marketing plans and even online newspaper carriers such as the USA Today or even the Wall Street Journal want to evolve their business models in a multi-connection world. No one in the mobile media universe wants to be left behind in this ever changing digital expansion.
Overnight we have literally become a world “addicted to their Smartphones, iPhones and PC Tablets.” Whereas most common usage of those particular devices tends to include socializing, downloading music, gaming, and surfing the event, researchers have slowly and steadily began to see changes even in the ways consumers shop for their groceries. According to IGD Research Corporation, 1 in 10 online shoppers are using Smartphones to shop usually comparing prices, bargains and brands and more than 15% of customer checkouts during the first half of the year came via their Smartphone applications. More than 66% of surveyors indicated claimed that more than 75% of Smartphone users such as HTC One S, BlackBerry Bold 9900, etc used their Smartphones for personal reasons and 69% of users used it for business purposes. In the United States consumers prefer to mobile browsers for banking, travel, shopping, local info, news, video, sports and blogs and prefer applications for games, social media, maps and music.
Smartphone usage is now a part of our daily lives whether at home or on the go and businesses without a Smartphone presence may find themselves competitively disadvantaged. Some mobile media and businesses changes to watch and take note of include 74.1% of mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, while 50.2% used downloaded applications. Smartphone and other mobile users cannot necessarily be defined by age, gender, income or race; instead they can be defined by their members' shared behaviors. It's up to businesses and mobile media to understand the common behavior traits that unite the class makes members easy to recognize and underscores the influence and utilize how their consumers are communicating, consuming media and deciphering consumer shopping and spending habits. Because the mobile media trend including Smartphones, iPhones and Tablets isn't going anywhere anytime soon but those that don't adapt will collapse as the mobile world around them continually presses forward.
Apple and Samsung are getting even pettier with their patent war, and the judge is getting fed up with it.
Judge Lucy Koh took advantage of a day off from listening to the two in court to issue rulings that re-define the boundaries around Samsung’s arguments that they didn’t infringe on Apple’s iPad design or that Apple didn't have the rights to the design in the first place.
Samsung appears to have crossed the line with their argument that Apple lifted it from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a scene from the 1968 film, astronauts are eating and using personal tablet computers. Samsung argues that Apple got the idea for the iPad from that scene.
According to Samsung, the tablet in the movie “has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.” That describes an iPad alright.
Samsung responded to Judge Koh’s statements with a press release that said, “Samsung was not allowed to tell the jury the full story and show the pre-iPhone design for that and other phones that were in development at Samsung in 2006, before the iPhone. The excluded evidence would have established beyond doubt that Samsung did not copy the iPhone design”.
Apple and Samsung are back in court today. We’ll see whether they’re paying any attention to Judge Lucy, and are ready to get back to the point.
In March 2011, a prisoner at the Beaumont prison from which an inmate escaped with the help of a cellphone last year has one of Texas’ worst track records for prison personnel bringing cellphones into the facility. David Puckett, aged 27 years old was serving his fifth year of a 30-year sentence for aggravated assault of a public servant out of Lavaca County in Texas.
Beaumont Prison Authorities haven’t said how they think Puckett obtained the smartphone he used to plan his breakout and meet up with a female admirer in Omaha, Nebraska where he was recaptured a little over week later.
“There obviously is a big difference between an officer who is found with their personal phone in their front pocket because they forget to take it out, and an officer who has six phones and chargers taped to their stomach,” suggested an unnamed prison source.
Data has shown that over the course of a 10 year period more than 1,100 instances in which Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees were accused of breaking prison system rules by bringing cellphones such as iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One S etc or phone parts into prisons whether intentionally or accidentally. Some of those incidents include from the database: A chaplain at the Cotulla inmate transfer facility in South Texas tried to sneak in his cellphone inside his motorcycle helmet. A phone was found lying in a flower bed inside the secured area at outside Waco; another guard’s phone was found left in a bathroom at outside Huntsville. Even prison guards aren't' impervious because a lieutenant’s phone was found inside a boot when he left his uniform boots to be shined by an inmate at a prison north of Lubbock.
Well since this most recent escape escapade it's become a felony offense here to supply an inmate with a cellphone or a cellphone component. Texas prison employees are also forbidden by rule from bringing personal cellphones into a prison at any time. Texas State has also added additional security measures by “in the process of installing hundreds of video surveillance cameras which will assist in our efforts and serve as a further deterrent to individuals who are considering smuggling contraband into the facility.”
Smartphones have finally taken over the United States with more than one third of American adults -- 35% -- own smartphones. According to The Pew Internet Project's survey found that 83% of U.S. adults have a cell phone of some kind, and that 42% of them own a smartphone, translating to more then 35% of Americans who own a Smartphone. Individuals who own a Smartphone fall into one of two categories include:
One-third of cell owners (33%) say that their phone is a smartphone.
Two-in-five cell owners (39%) say that their phone operates on a smartphone platform (these include iPhones and Blackberry, as well as phones running the Android, Windows or Palm operating systems).
American's now officially count for more than 100 million users Smartphone users in the United States. Android and Apple iOS continued to grow between November 2011 and January 2012, gaining 2.3% and 1.4% respectively. Google’s mobile platform topped the charts with a total market share of 48.6%, while Apple managed to capture a 29.5% share.
Smartphones are the main source of main source of Internet access for one-quarter of the smartphone population including 87% of smartphone owners access the Internet or email on their hand-held, including two-thirds (68%) who do so on a typical day. Most smartphone users such as Samsung Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Bold, etc typically use their smartphone rather than a traditional computer to access the Internet. Smartphone owners under the age of 30, non-white smartphone users and smartphone owners with relatively low income and education levels are particularly likely to say that they mostly go online using their phones. The Android OS Platform is the most common smartphone platform, followed by iPhone and Blackberry devices. Most Smartphones are operating on an Android Platform are especially common among young adults and African-Americans, while iPhone 4S and Blackberry devices are most prevalent among college graduates and the financially well-off.
Overall, in the Smartphone Market Samsung continues to tighten its grip on the featured phone and smartphone market. Nokia was still the global leader followed by Samsung and then Apple, which showed the highest percentage growth.