Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 15:44 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In its struggle to find willing customers, Nokia just announced yet another flagship phone - the Nokia Lumia 1020. It's essentially a Lumia 920/925, but with the Nokia 808's PureView camera bolted on. Also, it's exclusive to AT&T in the US, for $299 with a two year contract, which is a steep price. So, who gets the honour to be the first to claim that this, yes this Lumia will turn Nokia around?
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slashdev
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Honestly, how much continuous battery life do you need?


This is an interesting question. Being an early android supporter/adopter (G1 and on) i'd always said the same thing to people coming from feature phones. Just plug the thing in! But after owning the Maxx for a year I have completely changed my mind about that. For years, my smartphone battery gauge basically ruled my life; wake up "did i plug in my smart phone? No? doh!", get to work "Did i plug in my smart phone while driving?" No? doh!, At work "I need to find an outlet! do i take my phone to a meeting to snap a pic of the whiteboard, but if i do, its not charging...Oh, we're are going on site, should I bring my phone, leave it charging? etc.." and on and on. (It didnt help that my pre-Maxx phone, the G2x was so power hungry that using the GPS while being plugged in to a car charger would only keep the phone at its current charge level...something that needs to be experienced to believe)

I had no idea I was basically tethered to a wall socket, until the Maxx. After a few weeks i felt liberated. I'd get home, and the smart phone battery wasnt a priority (i'd be on calls, reading books, listening to podcasts while going to the grocery...) , go to work, who cares if its charged? I'll charge it when i get back home...maybe. I'd take it to meetings for snapping pictures, taking notes, use the GPS and not even have it in the car charger. No thoughts about plugging in the phone. (just a note, I am one of the early early cord cutters, I have not had a home phone/land line for 8 years)

I was finally untethered from the wall socket. I now am sold. A person should not have to compromise good battery life over other features in their phone. The Maxx proved that. Super thin, small profile (4.3" screen), kevlar back. The Galaxy note 2 isnt half bad either, but boy is it big.

So to answer your question (after pontificating all over the place, sorry!), The question shouldnt even be asked, its a false choice. The answer is your mobile phone, should be as MOBILE as possible, the lower the amount of time you are tethered to a wall socket, the better your experience with being MOBILE will be. (Just wait till we get reusable fuel cells that last weeks)

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