Battery

Consumer Reports: That new iPad charging problem? Yeah, it’s a non-issue

Consumer Reports: That new iPad charging problem? Yeah, it’s a non-issue

Consumer Reports hasn't just reversed its opinion on the new iPad's heat output, finding the third-gen Apple tablet to best all Android rivals, but has quietly conceded that the recharging issue it initially reported is far less significant than first believed. "Further tests of observations we made that the new iPad was not recharging when playing a demanding, intense video game," Consumer Reports said, "showed that the problem was limited to times when the device was playing a demanding game with the screen fully bright."

Continue Reading

HTC One series starts Qualcomm / NVIDIA battery wars

HTC One series starts Qualcomm / NVIDIA battery wars

This week we're getting our first look at the smartphone-based next-generation processors of two giants (Qualcomm and NVIDIA) as they sit on the HTC One series reviewed earlier today. What we're seeing is that not only are both of these chipmakers bringing heat to the processing world, they've begun a true war on battery conservation. The HTC One X smartphone contains NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor with an extra core for low-powered tasks and sleeping, while the HTC One S contains the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip, made also to keep itself conservative when it comes to draining your power.

Continue Reading

Samsung offering free extended battery with new Galaxy Nexus purchase

Samsung offering free extended battery with new Galaxy Nexus purchase

The US version of the Galaxy Nexus, featuring LTE on Verizon’s network, is already slightly thicker to accommodate a larger battery. If you want to take advantage of Verizon’s high speed network, then you have to pay the price is battery life, with some users opting for an extended battery to get them through the day. If you were on the fence about the phone and had concerns about the battery, maybe this deal is for you: order a Galaxy Nexus from Samsung Direct on a new two-year contract, and they’ll throw in the 2,100mAh extended battery for free.

Continue Reading

Apple VP responds to iPad Battery fervor

Apple VP responds to iPad Battery fervor

The new iPad has been the subject of several so-called controversies reserved only for a device with such a wide distribution as it, the latest of which has been responded to by Apple today. Speaking with Ina Fried at All Things D, Apple VP Michael Tchao let the world know that what people have been seeing this past week - that being an iPad which appears to charge well beyond it's "100%" mark, is no more than built-in technology that's been with iOS for quite a while. In addition to noting how this feature works, Tchao let iPad owners know that regardless of how full of power their iPad was, if it reads 100%, they can expect the 10 hours of work time promised by Apple.

Continue Reading

New iPad can last 25 hours as LTE hotspot

New iPad can last 25 hours as LTE hotspot

When testing out the new iPad's battery life, AnandTech discovered that the device could actually achieve 25.3 hours on a single charge when used as a personal hotspot with the power-hungry Retina display turned off. This is about 5 times longer than the LTE MiFi hotspots from Novatel and Samsung. The Verizon LTE iPad model, however, is the only one at the moment that has this feature enabled.

Continue Reading

Do you seriously think the new iPad’s battery isn’t good enough?

Do you seriously think the new iPad’s battery isn’t good enough?

When it comes to new iPad battery life, how long is long enough? Gasps of surprise as Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the third-gen tablet would last as long as its predecessor - despite the Retina Display, quadcore graphics chip and LTE connectivity - have given way to sniping and frustration over whether the tablet gets warm during charging, whether it lives up to the predicted times, and whether the battery is really as full as it ever claims to be. It's not clear, though, whether owners have legitimate concerns or if they're simply complaining for the sake of it.

Continue Reading

New iPad continues charging beyond 100%

New iPad continues charging beyond 100%

The new iPad features a significantly larger battery over the iPad 2, packing a 42.5-watt-hour battery compared to the old 25-watt-hour battery. As a result of the increased battery capacity, the new iPad takes longer to charge. But in a new discovery, when the iPad does reach 100%, it doesn’t stop charging.

Continue Reading

Arm Flycatcher chips aim for “years” of battery time

Arm Flycatcher chips aim for “years” of battery time

The Arm Holdings group have revealed this week their newest bit of architecture for microcontrollers based on their "Flycatcher" design, noting that this new technology will, amongst other things, offer "years of life from a single battery-pack." This new architecture will have one third less energy draw than its predecessors, they only offered with 8 and 16-bit capabilities while Arm's newest chip is capable of 32-bit processing. These bits of futuristic technology built with Cortex -M0+ architecture will have chip-makers building microprocessors with fabulously advanced capabilities at the same time as requiring what they say is "ultra low power."

Continue Reading