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Anyone who bought the Kindle device that lets you read in direct sunlight made a sensible choice, and they got terrific battery life too. I made my iPad choice, and I lived with it, despite not being able to read on the sun-soaked beach. Of course, you can read Kindle books on iPad, but now I actively seek out titles on Apple's iBook Store before I bother looking for them on Kindle.
Apple on Monday surprised observers with the unveiling of a new MacBook, featuring a 12-inch Retina display, a motherboard that is 67 percent smaller than even the MacBook Air, a new fanless design that is even thinner than the Air, but retains the all-day battery life. The new MacBook comes in at two pounds even, and also features an all-new keyboard and trackpad, with a a new single USB-C port for most connections. It will be available in three colors, matching the current iPhone line.
You've got to hand it to Apple. We were in an Apple Store, trying to decide between an iPhone 6 and a 6 Plus, as you do, and naturally a salesman came over. We mentioned that one thing that's really drawing us to the Plus is the battery life -- and you know what would have then happened in any other store selling any other phone. Of course the salesman would have immediately evangelized that feature. He'd somehow make it sound magical, how long you can go without charging the phone and yet, simultaneously, sold us some extra battery pack. Except this was Apple, and the guy didn't do any of that. Instead he asked us how long we were able to go without recharging our current iPhone, he tested our battery, and then he talked us through how to make it last longer.
A UK-based electronics testing and recommendation magazine and website, Which, has rated the tablet battery life of various sized tablets -- and found that the iPad and iPad mini ran away with the competition, besting its rivals by very significant scores. While scores were closer between the iPad 2 and the better 10-inch tablets, the Retina fourth-gen iPad model's score was well over 50 percent better than the combined average of the competitor tablets, with all screens set at equal brightness.
First, the bad news: three sets of separately-conducted independent tests have confirmed what many users suspected -- the initial release of Mountain Lion contained a bug that severely decreased battery life in the latest MacBook models compared to previous releases. The good news is that those same tests show that the not-yet-released 10.8.2 update, currently in beta testing, may fix the issues -- and possibly provide slightly better battery life than has been previously seen in any OS version tested, going back to Snow Leopard.
Mophie is gearing up to release its first battery case for a non-iOS handset. The Juice Pack for Samsung Galaxy S III is claimed to add more than 100 percent to the existing battery life of the Android smartphone, according to Engadget. This could potentially see the handset run for over 21 hours, double that of the 10 hours 20 minutes when used for 3G calls during tests.
Carat, a new app for iOS (Free, iTunes) and Android (Free, Google Play), has been designed to give users a personalized set of recommendations on their app usage to help extend their battery life. Developed by a team of UC Berkeley researchers, the free app collects data in the background and requires a few days of collection before it can offer recommendations. The anonymous crowd sourced data is sent back to UC Berkeley servers where complex algorithms are applied and a userís results compared with others before the recommendations are offered.
Google co-founder Larry Page, speaking at the company's I/O developer conference, suggested that there is "something wrong" if an Android handset cannot get through a full day without recharging the battery. The executive was responding to a question regarding the company's plans to address battery life issues on the mobile platform.
Following a video preview of Flash running on a Nexus One, Adobe has rebuffed claims that the software slashes battery life. Several bloggers, including Daring Fireball's John Gruber, observed that the battery charge indicator dropped from the 50 percent level down to 25 percent during the eight minute video. The preview was edited, however, making it unclear how long the team actually used the phone during filming.