Forget the thinnest smartphone, I want better battery life

The Motorola Droid Bionic isn't anywhere near to prettiest phone out there. In fact, compared to current offerings it seems downright fat. However, one thing it does have going for it is the fact that it can work through a full day with 4G LTE turned on the entire time, something that at least the HTC Thunderbolt I've used couldn't do.

Now, I haven't tested the Droid RAZR, and the RAZR MAXX promises to be a whole different story when it comes to LTE battery life.  Still, I have realized something in my short time with the Droid Bionic. I don't really mind its extra thickness or weight, especially since it affords the opportunity for better battery life than many other devices I have seen, even with stock MotoBlur running.

I know this same effect can be had with aftermarket batteries and covers that are available for most Android devices, but usually those are obtrusive, heavy, and ruin the intended look of the phone. Sure, they work, but although it may be arbitrarily restrictive I really prefer to keep my devices looking the way the manufacturer intended.

To get back to the point of all of this, I don't think it would hurt if manufacturers made their devices just a little bit thicker but packed in larger batteries. Yes, the RAZR MAXX does have both impressive battery life and thinness, but just a few extra millimeters could possibly have added hours of use time.

Making the thinnest smartphone is still all well and good, and I am by no means saying that device makers should stop striving to make devices thinner. All I really want to get across is that thickness (or "thinness," as some manufacturers prefer to call it), is not the only thing that matters. If a manufacturer has to choose between making a really thin phone or having stellar battery life, I would say to go with the battery life. What do you think?

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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