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Google After countless rumours, leaked screenshots, and what not, Google has officially unveiled Android 2.3, dubbed Gingerbread, today. Accompanying the release of this new Android version is the Nexus S, a Samsung-made successor to HTC's Nexus One, which delivers the pure Google experience - unlocked, without additional crap.
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Power management
by vodoomoth on Tue 7th Dec 2010 08:48 UTC
vodoomoth
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2010-03-30

Being the owner of an HTC Desire, I think the power management, if efficient, would be the biggest improvement to Android. It's scary how fast the battery charge diminishes. I watched two 4-minute Youtube videos and did some browsing yesterday night in my bed reading news and the phone went from ~90% to 50% in less than 20 minutes! I've never tried to but I'm pretty convinced that my phone can't stand an uninterrupted two-hour Youtube session. I know I can't spend two hours talking on the phone, even on a full charge. I could leave the phone alone without ever touching it and it wouldn't last for more than 2 days and a half!

The worst part of it: it takes a little less than 5 hours to charge from a laptop's USB port, 3 hours from an electrical outlet. And while plugged in a USB port, running a game like Galaxy 2 consumes more power than is provided: meaning even when connected to the laptop, the battery is drained to the extent that a notification will pop up... This is a phone not 3 months old yet.

The battery life is the biggest letdown, a horrible one. Whether an OS or hardware problem, anything done to improve it is more than welcome. I mean, how useful is a phone when you can't count on it to Sat Nav you to and from a nearby town in a one-hour drive?

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RE: Power management
by Icaria on Tue 7th Dec 2010 09:15 in reply to "Power management"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

I'd say this is a problem with portable devices in general. The manufacturers are so keen to make the designs sleek and small that little consideration is actually given to people wanting to use their devices. On top of little thought being given to leaving enough room for some extra battery cells, even the form factors are becoming ridiculous. Have a look at Sony's video walkmans (walkmen?): they're about the only devices that break the 6-hour barrier for video playback but they've only got 2" screens. How the hell do you watch video on a 2" screen?

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RE[2]: Power management
by vodoomoth on Tue 7th Dec 2010 10:12 in reply to "RE: Power management"
vodoomoth Member since:
2010-03-30

Videos on 2" screens? Some people have obviously lost their mind; even the 3.7" Desire is barely acceptable to me.
Anyway, maybe that batteries will become the next battlefield? I have hope but I also doubt it: there's nothing sexy about batteries or is there?

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