Linked by David Adams on Fri 20th Feb 2009 17:15 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Oh, batteries -- technology's weakest link. Back when we mostly needed them to run pocket calculators and wristwatches, things were good. The future was now, and the world was electrical. Now that the world really is electrical, and gadgets the size of those pocket calculators are sporting the computing power of yesterdays Crays, we're in trouble. Please excuse the fanboyism, but I'm a big fan of the iPhone, for all its flaws. With all battery-powered computing devices, you have to make some tradeoffs between processor power and battery life, but I think Apple did a pretty good job. Nevertheless, if you sit down for a protracted web browsing session, the combination of the screen and the radio really drain that battery. After an hour, you're pretty much dead. What to do?
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Cheaper battery pack
by AndrewZ on Fri 20th Feb 2009 17:46 UTC
AndrewZ
Member since:
2005-11-15

I bought a battery pack for my old Ipod nano, which works fine in my iPod Touch. It takes 4 AA batteries and plugs in. I use NiMH rechargables.

I have used my iPod Touch to read digital books and I can tell you that listening to music why reading will run your battery down pretty quick. No quantitative figures, sorry.

And the cost of my iPod battery pack? $16 + shipping.

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RE: Cheaper battery pack
by Adam S on Fri 20th Feb 2009 18:42 UTC in reply to "Cheaper battery pack"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

The problem is: if something isn't "designed for iPhone" it's very likely to have the unintended result of shutting the phone's radio off.

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RE[2]: Cheaper battery pack
by Huilo on Sat 21st Feb 2009 20:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Cheaper battery pack"
Huilo Member since:
2009-02-21

Yeah and if apple didn't apply a sticker that it is perfectly valid to use this gadget with their so beloved product and if you still use them together you shall be cursed.

Good night sweet apple fanboy.

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Howto make a big phone even bigger
by kragil on Fri 20th Feb 2009 18:56 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

nt

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Comment by mrnagrom
by mrnagrom on Sat 21st Feb 2009 14:42 UTC
mrnagrom
Member since:
2008-08-13

is this an ad?

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Back to the drawing board Apple
by rom508 on Sun 22nd Feb 2009 03:24 UTC
rom508
Member since:
2007-04-20

Any consumer electronics device should have a removable battery, unless the device is really tiny in size. This is such a fundamental design principle. When I go shooting with my digital camera, I always take a spare battery with me, because sometimes it runs out when I'm in the middle of something important. Maybe Apple don't realise it, but it's actually quite useful to be able to easily swap the batteries.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Couldn't agree more. Funny how they seem to be moving further away from this fundamental, sensible design even on their Macbook line. The Air already had this problem, now the new 17-inch mbp does. How long until they simply refuse to have easily replaceable batteries on every product they make? Seems to me they're going backwards.
Weren't legislators in the EU trying to pass a law regarding this, specifically that any consumer device must have a user-replaceable battery? Anyone know what's happening with that? I don't live in the EU but, if such a law were to get passed, Apple would have to rethink this design flaw if they wanted to sell to the EU.

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RE: Back to the drawing board Apple
by mkone on Wed 25th Feb 2009 02:34 UTC in reply to "Back to the drawing board Apple"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

Any consumer electronics device should have a removable battery, unless the device is really tiny in size. This is such a fundamental design principle. When I go shooting with my digital camera, I always take a spare battery with me, because sometimes it runs out when I'm in the middle of something important. Maybe Apple don't realise it, but it's actually quite useful to be able to easily swap the batteries.

A user replaceable battery makes the gadget bigger, heavier, bulkier. Take your pick.

I don't mind a smaller battery, as long as I know the limitations well beforehand, I don't have a problem with short battery lives. Apple decided, and the market seems to be rewarding them with higher sales. And as for the macbook pro. Battery life is so long, it's almost not a tradeoff to have a non user replaceable battery. And what I would do for that warranty on a battery.

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