Remember the days of dumb phones? Some of you might not even had one, others might had one and some of you could probably have one still in use – not even a year ago I was using one!
When we look back to the evolution of these phones I remember seeing a brick, a device so huge and with limited functionalities, than the revolution started, the screens with colors, cameras on the back of the phone, phones getting smaller and smaller, more functionalities, I even remember when having polyphonic ringtones was a thing.
But one feature, one that I didn’t value enough at the time, has become one of the most important, and one of the worries nowadays with smartphones, battery, more specifically, battery life.
Despite not 100% related, the thickness of the device could define how big the battery is and, in some cases, how big is the battery life so, this make me start thinking, what is best? Thin or thick? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each side?
We need energy
Prior to begin talking about all the good and bad on thin vs. thick competition on smartphones let me return to dumb phones.
Dumb phones are dumb, (I’m not talking about pocket pcs, PDAs, or something like it) dumb phone’s functionalities compared to today’s smartphone’s functionalities are much less so the processing power required on these types of devices were not huge, so the battery did last days!
Now, with smartphones is an all new case. Smartphones do a lot, mail, browsing the internet, games, between many others are present in our daily basis so, the processing power is year after year more demanding, dual-core, quad-core, octa-core, more and more GHz, all of this to give us a nice and smooth experience. But all of these needs power and here is where we don’t see much evolution in the last few years.
Battery life depends on the usage, and for many of you that are reading this article, battery life only last a day (maybe two).
What if a smartphone could be a bit thicker and then have a bigger battery? Manufacturers have been focusing on thinness devices but if you could keep the thickness of the phone and improve the battery I would much prefer it. So the big winner when we look at battery life is THICK (but not much, just a bit).
Of course we can accept a smaller battery if options of quick and easy charging are offered. Wireless charging should become standard so charging the phone is as easy as put the phone on top of the charging plate. Quick charging is not spread as much but is a nice feature. If you don’t know what this is, it is basically a charger with more amps, so your phone could charge faster (40 minutes and the battery goes from 0% to 80% for example) – we have seeing some news about the development of new options that could charge the phone even faster.
Thin like a piece of paper
When a phone is thin (and becoming even thinner generation after generation) the feel in the hand is becoming so much nicer, like having an extension of us that doesn’t feel uncomfortable to hold. Every time I see a render of a thin phone it looks gorgeous, it gives desire to hold one in the hand, to feel every part of it but, despite of the great looks, the feel in the hand might not be as good as we thought because of the weight of it and it might feel fragile.
In terms of looks the winner is THIN but the feel in the hand might be a TIE (only when I put my hands on a very futuristic thin phone I will reach a decision). And in terms of durability, well it depends. Strong materials are available so depending on the chosen materials the phone will be durable or not, so it’s a TIE.
And the final score is…
So if we count the winnings and ties to each part we come to the score of:
3 vs. 3
A TIE!! So how will we decide who is the winner? This was based on my opinion so it’s fair enough for you to give your opinion and decide who wins.
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