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Battery Life Champions: Smartphones That Get The Most Power On One Charge

Battery Life Champions: Smartphones That Get The Most Power On One Charge

Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 00:03:54 in Technology

“You see, I buy 5 extra spare batteries for my Sony Xperia Arc S. Each one lasts me a whole day (24 hours, not the daylight day) if I conserve usage, and probably around 4 hours each under intensive use (GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi, Data, 80% Screen brightness), music playing and occasional gaming. What I really fear is for those phone owners who can't even swap out a battery when theirs dies because for those, a dead battery = a dead phone; SIM cards aren't always accessible while CDMA phones don't even use SIM cards, so you can't just borrow a phone and start calling. Just buy a smartphone with swap-able batteries and buy the spares. They're REALLY cheap on ebay and worth the effort to charge 2 spares every few nights.”

Lechiffre on Nov 3, 2012 at 09:37:44

“Ronnie,

sounds complicated it me.”
Coping With Hurricane Sandy, The Apple Way: Buses, Outlets And Lines, Lines, Lines

Coping With Hurricane Sandy, The Apple Way: Buses, Outlets And Lines, Lines, Lines

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 11:38:51 in Technology

“Well, no, not physically breaking in, but their so acclaimed "rounded bar phone" was done by many other companies, such as Sony. But either way, you never saw a news highlight regarding Sony, did you? Exactly. Also, Sony was widely known back in the days for the Walkman MP3/MP4 series, but Apple won the free market spotlight. Sony got hurt REALLY bad, but never did complain.

And everyone forsaw that with tablets. How else did you think there were a million competitors for PC laptops and desktops nowadays? How did you think they were so cheap? As I said, Apple pioneered and started the trends, but they aren't playing nice. And you do realize this is a market economy, right? Retailers can price their products however they want as long as its still profitable in some degree. Lastly, as a non-apple user, I can say that Apple overprices it technology with their logo (but that's just a personal thing).”

JohnTheMac on Nov 2, 2012 at 12:13:31

“" but their so acclaimed "rounded bar phone" was done by many other companies, such as Sony."

Really? The original iPhone? There were lots of companies with phones like that? Show us please! (a phone with mainly a screen, no physical keyboard, driven by multi touch and gestures, not just looking like a rectangle)

"Also, Sony was widely known back in the days for the Walkman MP3/MP4 series"

It was known for the "Network Series" which could only hold up to 1 Gig, and had to convert music to it's proprietary ATRAC format. The iPod blew that away by starting at 5 Gig and working with MP3 formats. That's how you lose a spotlight, sorry.

"And everyone forsaw that with tablets."

No they didn't. They all tried and failed with Windows tablets and all sorts of junk in the early 2000's. It was like beating a dead horse to enter that market. Apple did, and they did well. They were gentlemen, and went into a market that no one was really in. You would think other companies would just respect that, but here they are trying to sell multitouch tablets AGAINST Apple! How brutish!
Remember when Apple introduced the iPod? Within 6 months, mighty Dell (at the time!) came out with their copy of the iPod and was going to take over the market. They even offered a trade in value for any used iPod. Any words of criticism against Dell for doing that?”
After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 01:11:25 in Technology

“I'm pretty sure they got it from the gas stations and lugged it up 17 flights (ouch)”
After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 01:10:18 in Technology

“sadly, those awesome cups are banned by the mayor due to some stupid state soda law”
After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 01:08:08 in Technology

“shockingly enough, while NYC has taken several hurricane hits before, we (as a New Yorker) were only notified about such possibility of flooding a few days prior to being hit (we never had flooding due to hurricane before - the most was a water pipeline break that was easily & quickly patched). That, and we've had no flooding experience (hence, all that grisly damage on TV when it could've been less damaging)”
After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

After Sandy Knocks Out Power, Rescue Keeps Data Center Alive

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 01:03:25 in Technology

“The thing is - NYC isn't a city built for any hurricane, especially one that includes flooding. In Miami, you guys are used to events like this but NYC has powerline and transportation architecture from well over 100 years ago that hasn't been updated. As a New Yorker, I'm kind of shocked to see my own city last so long on well-maintained, "ancient" infrastructure.”
Coping With Hurricane Sandy, The Apple Way: Buses, Outlets And Lines, Lines, Lines

Coping With Hurricane Sandy, The Apple Way: Buses, Outlets And Lines, Lines, Lines

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 00:23:19 in Technology

“You see, we (or at least I) don't hate apple PRODUCTS but the corporate moves apple does. As an engineer, the iphone is marvel that pioneered the smartphone industry and even helped evolve the Google G1 phone, the predecessor to all our current android phones. Of course, now it's getting worse in terms of technology, but it still is an icon. BUT, we absolutely hate the moves Apple does to retain that icon status. Apple stole sony designs but Sony yielded - they didn't try to knock other companies around. They acknowledged defeat and played the fair corporate game like a gentleman. And lastly Apple has been too aggressive over the last few years. They used to be a lot more open and listen to consumers back then. Now..they don't even listen at all.”

JohnTheMac on Nov 2, 2012 at 09:26:56

“"Apple stole sony designs but Sony yielded"

Could you expand on that one? What did they do? Break in Sony offices and shuffle out blueprints?

"Apple has been too aggressive over the last few years."

huh? They came out with iPad tablets, a nice market where NO ONE was. That way they didn't have to even compete or hurt anyone's business.
Even now, look what gentlemen they are, by pricing their 7" tablet $130 higher than Amazon's and Nexus tablets, to give the little guys a fair chance to make a buck. Do you realize how aggressively Apple could price their products if market share was their goal? They're about the largest consumer of so many components like flash ram they could send the competition to the poorhouse, and with no debt and $110 billion in the bank, they could run at a loss for years doing it.
Now think about this, chew on it, and apologize for shooting from the hip.”
Apple Issues Samsung Snarky Apology Letter On Its U.K. Website

Apple Issues Samsung Snarky Apology Letter On Its U.K. Website

Commented Nov 2, 2012 at 00:08:19 in Technology

“Sony. All the way, bro. Then it got a bit innovative and fancified things a bit.”
NY Times: Chinese Hackers Attacked Us For Months

NY Times: Chinese Hackers Attacked Us For Months

Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 12:32:07 in Media

“He actually did say there were corrupt, but was immediately shunned by China not too long after. I remember reading it off from google news somewhere long ago.”

jh1664 on Jan 31, 2013 at 12:56:40

“I meant.. J. Chan... Round 2.”
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Fact Check: Presidential Debate Claims By Mitt Romney, Barack Obama Scrutinized

Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 23:59:01 in Politics

“I'd love to see a fact check on the matters of education and jobs (on the matters of outsourcing, etc). Honestly, if we can MAKE money faster than we can spend it, then the price of gas and etc isn't a problem, right? Those are the two core ideals everyone seems to forget about in this debate.”