Do people want thin phones, or bigger battery ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Darthdingo, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Darthdingo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2010
    I never understood the need for super thin smartphones, and giving up space for extra big batteries ? Ok so the new iPhone will be the thinnest smartphone in history at like 7.5mm or so, that is crazy thin if true. And at first looks really cool, and feels great in the hand, but that coolness wears off quickly.

    I would rather have a phone slightly thicker, and instead squeeze in an extra sized battery that can last a whole weekend trip camping in the woods. Especially since iPhone's don't offer removable batteries, you are stuck with what Apple gives you.

    Just curious, is everyone on this board screaming for a crazy razor thin new iPhone ? Or would they rather have the same thickness as the current iPhone4/4S, but instead now have a 50% larger battery ?

    I do like thinner smartphones, I never liked the thick brick EVO 4G at like 11mm or so, but I think a good thickness is the Galaxy S3, at like 8.6mm, that is plenty thin enough, why does Apple feel we want a 7.5mm thin ? I would rather have that space taken up with battery instead.
  2. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    My iPhone 4's battery seems to drain pretty fast (have to charge it every day, even if i haven't done anything :( ) and I would much rather better battery life than thinness. However, thinness is nice.
  3. Darthdingo, Aug 10, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2012

    Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2010
    I know the current iPhone4/4S last pretty long, but I would love to see battery tech reach a point where all options could still be running in the background, E-mails...FaceBook...Notifications...etc...all running at like 30min refresh...4G/LTE running...full brightness on...make hours of phone calls...send hundreds of GPS Navigation...and still have the phone last a couple of days easily.

    When will we reach that point ?
  4. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2006
    These United States
    I'm greedy and want both! But if I had to choose one, I'd go for better battery life. You can make a phone as thin as you want, but if you it's always tied to a charger, then what's the point. I know this from my One X. Once that sucker get's on LTE, there goes my battery life. While the speed is nice, i wish they made it slightly thicker so i could get a bit more life out of my device before it goes back on the charger.
  5. Big.Mac.Daddy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2012
    March 15th, 2045 at 10:13 am
  6. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I would definitely prefer more battery, the 4/4S is thin enough as it is, actually it's almost pushing too thin.
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    I was having battery issues with my 4 lately, did a restore and set up as new phone and have been slowly importing things back onto the phone. I am amazed by this battery again. 2 years old and easily lasting the entire day on one charge with about 3 hours web browsing, dozens of texts and multiple emails and phone calls throughout the day.

    If apple can give me a full day battery so I only have to charge my phone overnight I am happy, if they can do it in the thinnest smartphone ever with LTE I will be VERY impressed. If they can't and the new iPhone has less battery life, they better give me a cool way to charge like inductive or wireless charging.
  8. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
  9. TonyC28 macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2009
    August 29, 1997 at 2:14am
  10. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    I dont care about either as long as I get the time usage that is reasonable.
  11. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    I'd rather have the thinness than the addition battery if i'm honest.
  12. PatrickW98 macrumors 6502


    Apr 26, 2012
    Subrubs of Chicago, IL
  13. Tones2 macrumors 65816

    Jan 8, 2009
    I want a thin phone AND a REMOVEABLE battery. And a bigger screen. And removable storage. Oh wait, that's a Samsung Galaxy S3 and I already own it. :p
  14. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
  15. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Well obviously this question is all about balance.

    Nobody wants a 2mm iPhone that will last 50 minutes before a recharge.... but then again I doubt anybody really wants a 25mm iPhone that will last a week.

    I think most people can agree we all want 1 day charge out of our smartphones, because it's very easy to just charge nightly. Any extra battery simply sacrifices thinness and any less battery sacrifices usability. But of course different people use their iPhone's different amounts.

    Personally, the battery life on my iPhone 4 is perfect. I say get the iPhone as thin as possible* while maintaining that battery life

    *well ok that's not entirely true... I'm sure you start to reduce usability once it becomes thinner than 7mm or so.
  16. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010
    If I had to choose it would be thin. I've never found myself unable to charge my phones if they need it.
  17. Want300 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2011
    St. Louis, MO
  18. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Thin is fine for me so long as I get the same battery life that my iPhone 4 gives me.

    One thing I did like moving from a 3GS to a 4 is the thinner casing. I'm looking forward to an even thinner casing though keeping the same rigidity.

    This means that even in a case the phone will still be slim.
  19. acosmichippo macrumors regular

    May 7, 2008
    As long as the thin form factor gets me through an average day (at least 95% of the time), I'd prefer it over a bigger phone with a bigger battery. For the days where I'm traveling (or whatever) and need more battery life, I have external battery chargers.
  20. Darthdingo thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2010
    Good point, with the new iPhone being very thin, now with a case it won't look nearly as bulky. I am sure even with a thin case on the iPhone5, that might still be thinner than the iPhone4/4S without a case :)
  21. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Hang around Apple long enough and you'll find it's not what "people want", it's what Apple says they are going to do, like it or not :)

    See how well that works?
  22. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    And yet that 2008 iPhone 3G (and 2009 iPhone 3GS) design feels so much better in your hands, because it's, well, rounded.
  23. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    I want a 4.3" 3:2 iPhone with the current thickness of the 4S. The larger screen will result in a bit bigger phone. By not shrinking the phone as in thinness and the additional area of the larger screen will allow a bigger battery. The reason the GS3 and the like can have such large batteries are the large screen. With Apple increasing the screen and adding LTE while keeping essentially the same battery is going to lead to some battery life pains.
  24. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Honestly, the Droid Razer Maxx is the perfect marriage of a massive battery and thin form factor, for me, and I am not even really considering screen size here. If we get something similar with the next iPhone I will be happy.

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