battery life

Why is battery life on Android so bad?

Episode 1223

Josh from Highland Park, CA

In the battle of Android vs. iPhone, Josh likes both, but he says he prefers Android. Leo says he prefers Android as well, and now that hardware can run it, it's on par, if not better than iOS. But the problem with Android is that while they have better cameras and screens, the battery life has suffered as a result. Android runs a ton of background activity and that kills the battery. iPhone doesn't allow that.

What should I replace my Moto X with?

Motorola Moto X

Episode 1221

Mike from Canyon Lake, CA

Mike wants to know if the OnePlus Two is a good deal. He recently returned the Motorola Moto X and is looking at getting one to replace it. Leo says that the OnePlus Two has started to leave him cold, and the Motorola Moto X doesn't have security features like a fingerprint scanner. Leo says that while the Moto X has a 21 MP camera, it doesn't have good low light performance without optical image stabilization. And the battery life has left him disappointed because it doesn't last all day. Neither does the OnePlus Two, however.

Motorola's Moto X Pure Edition Battery Is Lacking, but it Charges Fast

Episode 1220

Leo may have ordered the new iPhone 6S+. but his other new phone for now is the Motorola Moto-X. He likes it, but the jury is still out on battery life. The benefit is that it charges fast, taking about an hour thanks to Android's new quick charge system. But Leo says that the current standard is 10 hours, and that won't get you through the day. He didn't mind it so much when he could swap out batteries, but the new Android designs are moving away from that.

Should I replace the battery in my Nexus 5?

Nexus 5

Episode 1219

Tom from Toronto, CAN

Tom has a Samsung Nexus 5, and the battery life is starting to go South. Leo says that there's a certain number of charges a Lithium Ion battery has, and after about 500 cycles, it's time to move on. The good news is that Google is about to announce a new Nexus. Leo recommends waiting for the announcement, or checking out Leo's review of the Motorola Moto X Pure.

Why does my smartphone battery die so quickly?

Episode 1214

Chris from Virginia

Chris' mobile phone battery is draining really fast. Leo says that if he has the latest OS for both iOS and Android, it gives him a lot more data on what's taking up his battery life. But there's also third party apps like GSAM Battery Monitor for Android. Often though, poor cell signal coverage can cause depleted battery life as the phone works harder to find a signal. A higher resolution screen can drain the battery more as well.

What's a good backup battery for my mobile phone?

Aukey external battery

Episode 1179

Todd from Topeka, KS

Todd is going to be travelling to the Grand Canyon and he's not sure what kind of reception he'll be getting. Leo says the Canyon isn't ideal for cellphone coverage. Will it work OK with power? Leo says he can get huge backup battery to charge it back up. A 10,000 mAh battery would be able to recharge three times before needing to be recharged. Anker makes a great one.

Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Episode 1177

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the highest resolution screen on the market and easily the best camera he's ever used. Leo says it's beautiful. But the battery life isn't all that great (about 9-12 hours) because of the high resolution. Since it doesn't have the ability to swap out the battery, you'll need to get the quick charge accessory which will give you half of a charge within a half hour.

Will the quick charger damage the Samsung Galaxy S6?

Samsung Galaxy S6

Episode 1177

David from Orange County, CA

David just got the Samsung Galaxy S6 as well and he agrees that the battery life is terrible. It's akin to a gas guzzler luxury car. Leo says that to be fair, he's going to be using the phone differently in the first few weeks than he will over the long haul. Leo also has a charging stand by his bed to charge it overnight. Dave is worried that the quick charger will send too much juice into the phone. Leo says that while the quick chargers will blast the phone with a lot more juice to charge it within an hour, David shouldn't worry, since the S6 has special circuitry to handle it.

Are Lithium Ion batteries getting better?

Battery

Episode 1173

Mike from San Diego, CA

Dave has seen a website that promises upgraded Lithium Ion batteries for better safety and to increase battery life. Leo says that once he sees a study that verifies the claims, he'll buy into it. Leo has seen a lot of promises on the internet over the years and very little in the way of delivery. It's definitely something that users want, but the proof is in the pudding.

Why is my Samsung Galaxy S3 battery life so short?

Samsung Galaxy S 3

Episode 1160

Roger from San Pedro, CA

Roger says his Samsung Galaxy S3 is having battery life issues. Leo says that every battery has a limited battery life of about 500 charging cycles, so he should just replace the battery and he should be good to go. If that's not working, then the charging system may be messed up, and a simple system reset should make the phone like it was when it came from the factory. Google will have already backed all of his data backed up.