SpareOne has just debuted a phone at CES that I think is pretty remarkable, not because it is a smartphone overflowing with awesome specs (it is quite the opposite), but because of its incredible battery life. The SpareOne phone is the first phone to run off of a single AA battery. This means that you are not tied down to a special rechargeable battery that you have to plug in with your specific power adapter; all you have to do is swap out the battery. Not only is it powered by a AA battery, but it can hold its charge for up to 15 years. This phone is meant to be stored for emergencies, and knowing that it can last for a while means you have on less thing to worry about. As far as talk time goes, you will get about 10 hours out of one battery which is plenty of time to call for help if you are say… lost in the woods or stranded on the side of the road.
The SpareOne phone actually has a pretty neat look. It is sleek and innovative. Rather than a screen, it has a nice little window for you to see your battery (cool, right?). The phone is also incredibly simple too. Just insert a sim card, put in a battery, and then make your call.
Now at this point you are probably thinking “Hey mister, this has nothing to do with iPhones. What’s the big deal?” Well, I promise you, I’m getting there.
The point I am trying to make is that while everybody is currently focused on making phones thinner, faster, and smarter, many companies are forgetting to spend just as much effort on the battery. Granted phones like the iPhone have a lot more going on in terms of processes and hardware; they have to power the GPS, light up the display, ect, but surely someone can come up with new battery technology that allows me to squeeze more than a day out of my device. What I am trying to say is when when will we see the year of the battery? Will Apple take the lead on this? The way I see it, whoever solves the problem of the short battery life will pull ahead in the mobile phones and tablets market. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for companies to realize this.
I want to year your thoughts. Is battery life even that important, or are you fine with the day of battery life you get? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Twitter for more news, reviews and offbeat iPhone articles.