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Thursday Poll: Thin Phone or Longer Battery Life?

One of HTC’s VPs, while speaking at a private conference in Seattle today, said that at one time, battery life and mega 3000mAh batteries were areas of focus and on their roadmap. But after doing research with consumers last year, they came to the conclusion that people actually care more about having a thin phone than one that can last all day long. I don’t know about you, but this is semi-surprising in that battery life is one of the most talked about subjects here on DL. Rarely do we say, “Hey, we love thin phones!” or “Man, I wish this phone was thinner!” Thin seems like something that we expect now since it is 2012. Instead, we are looking for manufacturers to do what Motorola did with the RAZR MAXX and figure out ways to boost battery life while adding little-to-no thickness. And not that we all want to walk around with tanks in our pockets instead of easily pocketable devices, but a bit of girth to a device that can last for 2 days isn’t such a bad thing.

So let us do our own bit of research. What would you rather have, a thin phone or longer battery life? We wish we could give you a “both” option, but that would defeat the purpose and because HTC must not believe that thin and long battery life can co-exist. 🙂

Thin phone or longer battery life?

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  • Mark Boyd

    Call me crazy but I don’t want a crazy thin phone, mostly because they general feel brittle and it feels like I’m going to snap it or break it.

  • eestubbs104

    I would definitely go for the thicker phone with the longer battery life, but realistically, right now, I would not buy any phone that did not allow for a battery removal. If I buy a phone that can not last at least a complete day without a recharge, than I should be allow the opportunity and option to carry a spare battery or buy an extended battery if that is my ‘choice’.

  • Stevepoll12

    When I purchased my bionic, the longer life batt. was avail with a thicker back.  I knew that I would not want to be running out of juice in the middle of the day.  So I have used the phone from day 1 and never regretted it. 

  • Bat life doesn’t really matter to me anymore since my droid Razr stays in the car dock of my work truck for a good 6-8 hours a day only coming out when I’m gonna be at a location for more than 5 minutes.  I do however remember the days when all I wanted was bat life for my phone.

  • i used to say thin phone, then i got the razr…battery life.

  • jdrch

    In the context of the RAZR, I’ll take the thick phone. A slim phone with short battery life and no replaceable battery is just trouble.

  • Gamblor77

    I would like to be able to hammer the sh*t out my phone and still get 12-15 hours of solid use. If that means it needs to be a whopping 10mm to get a +2500mah battery wtf would I NOT want that?

  • Perfect example of HTC being out of touch with reality. The ONLY complaint with most of their best phones has been battery life, yet they’re convinced that people don’t want longer battery life? Do they even listen? RAZR MAXX is a perfect example that people would rather have the battery life than the thinness. 

  • Captain_Doug

    Serious guys, both. These polls are stupid if they neither of the choices are the correct answers. We shouldn’t have to sacrifice a thin phone for better battery life. Even the MAXX is a little overkill for me. I just need something that will last me a day and a half. The MAXX equivalent of a 2500mah battery not 3300. Is it too much to ask for a phone that’s under .4″ but still have 2500mah? The Ascend D quad XL has a 2500mah and is .43, good enough for me. 

  • I just had a brilliant idea:  A belt clip with an extended battery, that recharges the phone through pogo pins.  They could do it for my Galaxy Nexus.  Get on it people!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Thinner phone with better battery life(no, I’m not joking, some day there will be micro sized phones with 100+ hour battery life, this will be a reality some day, hopefully before I meet my end..or before I’m 80).

  • Chad D.

    Both. And inductive charging. Study the MAXX.

    I had a Palm Pre, and it barely made it through one day. Having the Touchstone (inductive charging, no need to plug phone in) helped this situation, but that didn’t help if you were away from power. I eventually went to a larger battery, which added lots of thickness to the phone because it wasn’t designed for a larger battery. And, then I had to hack the Touchstone “receiver” into the new, thicker case. It’s basically a 1-2mm thick sticker with power leads, which had to be extended.

    Since I’m in Verizon 4G LTE service area, I tried a RAZR, and returned it because it didn’t last a day. Now I get two days of *use* out of my RAZR MAXX, no problem. That includes all day at work without WiFi.

    If manufacturers are reading this: include big batteries by default. I will *NEVER* buy a phone that can’t make it through at least a day of usage anymore. Don’t make us buy third-party hacked-in batteries that make our phones look like the bottom of a boat or carry some external battery or charger around all the time.

    Oh, and agree on an inductive charging standard and include that with the phone, already. The technology is there.

  • Joe Buck

    well the big battery didnt seem to change the shape of the razr very much,and with so many things you can do with a smart phone, I see this as the future for smart phones

  • Sjcea

    Just buy a Razr maxx ! Best of both worlds !!! DUH 

  • Kyle Fullmer

    Alternatively, (if not both like the MAXX), thin with swappable batteries.

  • Josh Groff

    Bionic with extended battery, I’m rocking that. 😉

  • Adam F.

    Better poll:

    Removable battery, with ample life

    Non-removable battery, superior life

    I wouldn’t mind my g nex having a non-removable battery, if it were 3300mAh; I’ve already gotten over not having an SD card. The only reason individuals need a removable battery is due to poor battery life. Fix that, and I’m sure theAndroid community wouldn’t mind.

  • Guest

    Your “vote” needs to add 1 more choice:
    > Very thin phone… 3300mah battery.

    Why is the Razr Maxx the ONLY phone that can do both?

    • Josh Groff

      Motorola, that is why. Remember how paper thin the original RAZR series was, it was practically inconceivable.

  • Harryeballs1234

    I’ve got a Maxx so I have both!

  • Extremely one-sided poll. {{-_-}}

  • smellyfeet

    you’re all a bunch of imbeciles.  

  • KC

    I did not buy the HTC One X cuz it came with embedded battery and no expansion slot.  My wife did.
    I’m now scouting around for a phone with 2GB RAM, expansion slot for microSD, battery or 3000mAH or more to last 3 or 4 days, and now, with NFC.

    I learnt from my old HTC Desire how useless it can be – bloatware, insufficent memory even to load Chrome Beta, and lousy battery.  No more….

    I’ve new root my old HTC Desire and Romed it with ICS 4.0.4.  Still insufficient memory for Chrome Beta.  Sigh…

    I’ve learnt Meizu has 2GB RAM, 3000mAH battery and still look nice.

  • Nexusornexus

    my nexus last all day with ICS

    • Yellowcanary73

      I’m glad yours does cause mine with the extended battery barely last 5 hour.

  • smellyfeet

    the average consumer is a freakin moron.  everybody wants it their way, like the freakin whopper. 

    • Guest

      People are SO horrible… they actually want a battery that lasts more than *ONE* day.

      What do they think this is… 2012, or something????

      • Josh Groff

        I know right, the nerve of people.

  • After an upgrade from the Droid X2 I got the Droid Razr. A week after having the Razr I decided to pay the extra $100 to get the Razr Maxx. So worth it!

  • This isn’t even close.  Battery life.  The people who care about how thick or thin it is are using the phone as a fashion accessory, and are not “power users” like most readers of this website.

    • Josh Groff

      ^ This

  • Sdny8

    I’ve been whining for this since my first week with my old dx. Extended battery should look like they belong while still providing 3000mah or more. Gives people the option for thin or battery life

  • Destroythanet

    We need more phones like the RAZR Maxx that have the best of both worlds. Period.

    • Trevor


  • Kelly

    “Thicker phone with longer battery life.”
    As long as said battery is removable

  • Liderc

    I don’t want a thick phone for sure, but I want companies to start increasing the size of their batteries like Motorola did with the Maxx.  It only makes sense to increase battery size, I’m surprised it’s taken so long to do what Motorola did.  All they did was take 2 batteries and glue them together, not exactly ground breaking. 

    I still get through an entire day with my Nexus no problem, but it would be nice to be able to have my phone all day, go to say…a party at night, wake up in the morning and still have some juice left. I don’t think I need 2 days, just an entire day and the next morning =P

  • I’m on the battery side, and think most people are as well.

    I’d think that comparing RAZR sales to RAZR MAXX sales would be helpful to answer this question. There isn’t any public data on that, right?

  • How about a keyboard AND an extended battery in it? I don’t want a thin phone. Thin phones give my hands cramps. I have a Rezound and a Stratosphere w/ Extended battery and the Stratosphere is more comfortable to use.

  • JulianZHuang

    android MIUI rom inside iphone 4s = perfect for me.

  • STiK

    I had a Razr for about a month then sold it and picked up the Maxx. The Maxx feels much better in hand to me. Razr was just too damn thin…

  • Thank god someone finally asked

  • MrSteve920

    As previously said, is it too much to ask for both?

  • subiedude85

    I like my razr but I am a power user and only get about 10 hours out of it. I would settle with twice the thickness and weight just to go a full day. (yes, the maxx is still a sore spot for me)

  • Thinness sells phones because you can’t tell how good battery life is in the store. That is a pleasant surprise that comes later. 

  • droidbeat

    The thinnest phone that can last 24 hours under heavy use, or hunting for weak signals, and still have a removable battery.