Published on July 31st, 2012 | by John I.1
Modern Gadgets with the same Battery Life
Over the last few years, there have been a large number of modern gadgets in the form of smart phones and tablets hitting the gadget space, because of the rising number of smart device users across the globe. These smart devices in the form of smart phones and tablets have revolutionized the way in which people go about performing their day-to-day activities.
Wide variety of tasks performed by the gadgets
The user with a smart mobile device would be able to perform a wide range of tasks.
The range of tasks includes
- Accessing 3G and Wi-Fi networks that are available in the vicinity
- Run background processes such as email polling, location pointing services, alarm and event monitoring services
- Support front end operations such as preparing Multimedia presentations, rendering complex images and graphics, supporting office applications and sending video messages
- Accessing mobile applications over the cloud for performing official and personal functions.
- Playing resource intensive multimedia games over the internet
The list keeps getting added with every passing year. The end-user is flooded with gadgets that come with all the required features and more than what is required for an ordinary user. One aspect that the user is not concerned much is the battery life. They usually are not aware of the reason for their frequent charging of their smart phone battery.
These days the smart phone and tablet manufacturers use a lot of marketing words in terms of stand by battery life and extended battery life to sell their products. End users crazy about the different gadgets that get released every month from different manufacturers fall to this marketing trap.
Impact of Resource intensive applications on Battery life
There is nothing like stand by in the current scenario of gadgets accessing different types of networks in the background. Even when the user is not using his/her smart phone, their smart phones are constantly searching for the 3G network or the Wi-Fi network in the background. Thus even when the user is not using the gadgets, the device continues to consume a lot of power, while running the background processes. Thus the device would not be in a position to be in Stand by mode as advertised by the gadget manufacturers. An average 10 inches tablet would be consuming 1.5 W to 2.5 W for every hour of their operations, depending on whether it is in the active usage mode or the background usage mode.
The users are also used to browsing through their smart phones or tablets. When they are not browsing, they would leave the smart phone with the back-lit screen on. Similarly, the browsers would also be running with all the browser tabs filled with flash applications and Ajax based applications. Gadgets that come with a 10 watt battery would now last only for 2.5 hours due to the enormous power consumed by the flash applications and other application that are running in the browser. Even when the front end application is closed, there are some associated back ground processes that are still consuming resources in the back ground.
Movement towards low power computing
Unless otherwise the movement towards low power computing gathers momentum, users would have to live with gadgets in which frequent battery drainage and re charges would be a regular phenomenon.
Author Bio: Mark is a tech nut who blogs about all things tech from the latest gadgets to finding the best wholesale electrical supply.