Report: The Apple Watch Will Only Last 2.5 Hours With "Heavy" Use

We've heard rumors for some time that Apple's been less than pleased with the purported battery life of its upcoming Apple Watch. And now, it looks as though it has plenty of reason to be worried. According to a new report from 9 to 5 Mac, the Apple Watch the battery is looking at just 2.5 to 4 hours of "active… » 1/22/15 3:36pm 1/22/15 3:36pm

How To Take Care of Your Smartphone Battery the Right Way

Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. With removable batteries becoming more and more rare, you've got to take good care of the one you got. Fortunately, it's not to hard keep the lithium-ion… » 12/26/14 12:30pm 12/26/14 12:30pm

Droid Turbo Is Here, But About That Battery...

If you want a Motorola smartphone in 2014, you've got choices. Lots and lots and lots of choices. On Verizon, the new Droid Turbo looks like a sure bet, and it's available starting today. But don't rush out the door and drop (at least) $200 big ones just yet. » 10/30/14 12:15pm 10/30/14 12:15pm

We Need More Fat Phones With Killer Battery Life

Your smartphone has a terrible battery life. I can say this with confidence because it is universally true. Phones today have ludicrous screens and processors that rival the supercomputers of days gone by, but they can't last a day. We need more thick-ass phones that make it through the weekend. » 10/28/14 4:47pm 10/28/14 4:47pm

The Droid Turbo Could Have the Biggest Phone Battery You've Ever Seen

Want a phone with seriously killer battery life? I hope you're on Verizon, because it looks like the new Droid Turbo was built specifically for you. An image that showed up on TaoBao (basically Chinese Ebay) says that sucker will pack a mammoth 3,900 mAh battery. That is a lot of power. » 10/10/14 9:52am 10/10/14 9:52am

11 Tips to Keep iOS 8 From Destroying Your Battery Life

While iOS 8 comes with plenty of advantages, upgrading to a new operating system is never without its drawbacks. Maybe battery life just ain't quite what you'd want it to be, but we've got some tips to squeeze the most out of that sucker and stay juiced all day long. » 9/23/14 10:54am 9/23/14 10:54am

Report: Apple Watch Will Need Charging Every Day

Amidst all the fist-pumping and Bono-goofing yesterday, one piece of information was conspicuously absent: The Apple Watch's battery life. What's the point of strapping a tiny computer to your body if it needs constant charging? According to Re/code, even Apple hasn't quite figured out the battery dilemma yet. » 9/10/14 12:46pm 9/10/14 12:46pm

Moto 360 Battery Life Test: So Far, Not As Bad As You Heard

Battery life is generally the slowest thing to test on a gadget, and it's almost always the toughest to get right. There's just no way to rush it, and there are just so many variables regarding how people use a particular gadget that it's always one of those "your mileage may vary" type of situations. Last week,… » 9/08/14 2:07pm 9/08/14 2:07pm

iPhone 5 Battery Letting You Down? Apple Might Replace It—For Free

If your iPhone 5's battery just doesn't have the kick that it feels like it should, you might be able to get a new one for free. Apple has found that an apparently small batch of iPhone 5s (not the S or C) that "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently." You can check if yours… » 8/22/14 6:31pm 8/22/14 6:31pm

Adventure Tested: ​Samsung Galaxy S5 Active Review

With additional armor and unique, physical buttons, the waterproof Samsung Galaxy S5 Active targets outdoorsy users. Well, I'm outdoorsy, so I took it outside and beat it up. Does it work? » 6/17/14 4:50pm 6/17/14 4:50pm

Two of the Best iOS 8 Features Apple Didn't Talk About

There's plenty of great new stuff coming in iOS 8. You'll be able to remote control your phone from your computer to send text messages. There's soon to be an army of new keyboard options. It's a brave new world. But Apple didn't even mention some of the best new features on stage. » 6/02/14 7:03pm 6/02/14 7:03pm

11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life

While your iPhone's new operating system comes with plenty of advantages, iOS 7's not without its drawbacks. Battery life just ain't quite what you'd want it to be, but we've got some tips to squeeze the most out of that sucker and stay juiced all day long. » 9/28/13 11:13am 9/28/13 11:13am

All Those Open Browser Tabs Really Are Killing Your Laptop's Battery

There's a ton of info on the web. You're never going to read it all, but you want to, so your browser has fistfuls of open tabs waiting for that rainy day when you'll want to read a two-month-old article that's no longer relevant to anything. But have you ever wondered what all those tabs are doing to your battery… » 7/18/13 2:57pm 7/18/13 2:57pm

7 Worst Battery Life-Guzzling Gadgets

I call them Chromebook Pixel apologists. They're coming out of the woodwork to defend Google's super-expensive but flawed $1,299 laptop. You'll hear things like "It obviously isn't for everyone" or "You either get it or you don't." Count me as one of the people who don't get it. As I say in my Chromebook Pixel review,… » 2/12/13 3:20pm 2/12/13 3:20pm

Short Battery Life Sinks First Windows 8 Notebooks

Confusing dual-mode operating system, no Start button, counterintuitive swipe gestures? None of these things spells doom for Windows 8. What will kill Microsoft's newest operating system is the abysmal battery life of the systems on which it's supposed to perform the best. » 12/17/12 11:40am 12/17/12 11:40am

Is Your Windows Phone 8 Handset Randomly Rebooting?

The earliest of early adopters have now been using Windows Phone 8 for almost three weeks—and it seems that there may be a few teething problems. In particular, some users are reporting infuriating random reboots and some battery life issues. » 11/19/12 3:31am 11/19/12 3:31am

Mac Battery Life Looks Like It's About to Get a Massive Upgrade

Battery life in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion kind of sucks. A lot. It's very very bad, and was only made a little better with the 10.8.1 update a few weeks ago. But it looks like help is on the way. » 9/14/12 12:03pm 9/14/12 12:03pm

The iPhone 5's Leaked Battery Is Bigger, Taller and Fits Perfectly…

If you're getting tired of seeing the purported guts of the iPhone 5, we feel for you. But it's like following a cookie crumb trail that might, possibly, hopefully lead us to some real semblance of information about the next iPhone. Or at least help us connect the dots. Case in point: here's the rumored iPhone 5… » 9/04/12 6:53pm 9/04/12 6:53pm

5 Reasons to Spend More Than $500 on Your Next Laptop

PC laptops can be crazy cheap, but there are lots of good reasons to spend a little more. Our friends at Laptop Magazine explain that you'll get a big boost in performance if you're willing to splurge on better hardware. » 4/02/12 4:00pm 4/02/12 4:00pm

In-App Ads Are Destroying Your Battery Life

You intuitively know that all of those applications running in the background on your phone are latently eating away at your battery's charge, but a new study reveals that the main culprit isn't any useful function. It's location-pinging ads. » 3/19/12 4:40pm 3/19/12 4:40pm